VIPP symposium 2008: Feeling Blue

The Feeling Blue symposium will be held on 10th December 2008 at TaiK.  Researchers, doctoral students and MA students working on thesis: welcome! 


Session 1, Sampo Hall, LUME, TaiK (open for all)

9:15 Fade in by Antti Raike.

9:20 Mobile Phone as SprayCan by Jürgen Scheible.

9:30  Anatomy and physiology of colour vision. Keynote by Simo Vanni. 

10:00 Discussion

10:30  What is colour? How we see it? How we measure it? Keynote by Timo Jääskeläinen.

11:00 Discussion

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Parallel demos: 1) Accidental Lovers show at Sampo Hall and 2) The Finnish Pavilion 1900 (max 5 person for a show) at alalämpiö

Session 2, Eisenstein, LUME, TaiK (for researchers and DA/PhD candidates)

13:00 Colour as Subconscious Guide in Interactive Drama – Case Study: Accidental Lovers, Interactive Dark Musical Comedy for Television by Mika Tuomola.

13:30 Colour and Memory by Lily Díaz.

14:00 PhD project: Business power of colours. Narratives on colour culture in China and in Finland by Kirsi Kommonen.

14.15 Discussion

14:30 Coffee

14:45 Panel: Colour related research in Aalto University. Moderator: Kirsti Lehtimäki

Panelists: Timo Jääskeläinen, Simo Vanni, Harald Arnkill, Kanerva Cederström, Mika Tuomola and Lily Díaz

16:30 Concluding remarks

17:00 Fade out


Taideteollinen korkeakoulu – University of Art and Design, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki

How to get in TaiK (map)

TaiK floor plan for Media Center Lume: Sampo Hall (morning) & Eisenstein (afternoon)

Reittiopas – Journey planner


Antell-ravintola Arabiakeskus, Hämeentie 135 A

Meccala, 5th floor, TaiK

Kipsari, Hämeentie 135 E

Keynote speakers

Timo Jaaskelainen (University of Joensuu) received his PhD in Physics in 1982 from University of Joensuu in Finland. He has been a Professor and head of the Department of Physics and Mathematics at University of Joensuu since 1992. He teaches advanced courses of physics, optics, and color science. He has more than 30 years teaching experience in physics, computer science, and photonics at three universities. His research interests are focused nowadays on color science and applied optics including lighting and display technology, color vision models, color measurement etc.  Publication list contains about 150 refereed journal articles, and he has supervised or co-supervised 18 PhDs. 

Simo Vanni (TKK) is docent in neurophysiology, and works as senior researcher in the Brain Research Unit of Low Temperature Laboratory at Helsinki University of Technology. His group studies visual information processing at systems level, using functional magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography. The presentation includes introduction to anatomy and physiology of color vision, from photoreceptor at retina to higher visual cortices. Current models have reasonable view of processing at the retina and primary visual cortex, but the emergence of color perception and color constancy at high-level visual cortex is still under debate.


Accidental Lovers

The Finnish Pavilion 1900 is a virtual reconstruction of the Finnish pavilion – an important historical milestone in the path of becoming an independent nation – that was constructed for the Paris World Expo of year 1900. The installation enables the visitors to experience the building in real scale and real-time using 3D glasses and immersive display technology. The work was done by the Systems of Representation group as part of the Tekes-funded HandsOn project dealing with spatial interaction.

About the symposium

Visualisation of data and types of knowledge is a major component of ICT across the sciences and the humanities. Global access to information challenges the transfer of knowledge increasingly towards compressing knowledge into models, schemata and graphs, animations, films, pictures, and augmented reality. Hence it is important to pay attention to technological issues such as data-capture, encoding and multimedia software standards. However, it is similarly important to understand accessing and searching datasets of visual imagery on the one hand, and human issues such as the connection between perception and cognition, the visual mode and language, and useful typologies of linguistic and symbolic semiosis. All these provide challenges for the transfer of technology mediated types of knowledge through visual processes of learning. 

Human brain is not a fixed system but rather has the ability to adjust its functions according to the demands set and statistical properties of the surrounding environment. These general principles hold also when it comes to visualisations of any kind. Many of the obtained results of the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) indicate an action-perception connection within each individual and both motor and sensory mirroring between individuals. Perception and action form an ongoing loop of interaction and the mind emerges in the context of this loop. While some information can be read by brain imaging, sensory experiences are not explained by the results of brain research. Understanding the biological mechanisms and psychology of perception may help to define the limits and variance of perception in situational context of behaviour (like film making, painting, design). 

Participants of the ‘Feeling Blue’ symposium will contribute to same goal while seeking the potential of different disciplines to understand the meaning and use of colours and how knowledge building happens with interactive visualisations and tools in diverse communities. The ‘Feeling Blue’ symposium will focus on recent trends in cognitive, cartographic and design principles in mashups and other complicated layering used in computer displays and visualisations. The term mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool; an example is the use of cartographic data e.g. from Google Maps to add location information to e.g. film scheduling and budgeting data, thereby creating a new and distinct web service that was not originally provided by either source.

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