Posts Tagged ‘colour’

VIPP symposium 2010: Seeing Red, final day 21.1.2010

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Enoshima, the island of Benzaiten

Speakers’ presentation notes and related discussion forums can be found at:

Moderator: Suvi Kitunen

09.30-10.00 Opening by Antti Raike and Suvi Kitunen: Practical issues (wlan, webcasting etc.)

10.00-10.30 Kirsikka Vaajakallio: Designing with colours

Kirsikka will ground her presentation to her personal experiences as being a color blind person in the color coded world. Thus the presentation will highlight the “users” perspective instead of the designers’ view and try rather to promote discussion than provide academic knowledge.

10.30-11.00 Discussion: How to select the colour chart for the interface

11.00-11.30 Sonja Iltanen-Tähkävuori: Colours, aesthetics, and values

Values are connected to the visual elements of products in at least two ways: designers’ values may become visible in the products, and visual elements may have consequences that raise ethical questions. In this presentation, design of patient clothing is discussed from these perspectives.

11.30-12.00 Discussion: Colours and values

12.00-13.00 LUNCH

13.00-13.30 Akira Sano: Computer Vision (CV) and the future of imaging

Computer vision (CV) is a technology of recognition and analysis images by computers. If computer can watch and recognize images as human do, the possibility of imaging will expand dramatically. Especially in these days, Augmented Reality (AR) has a big progress. I will introduce CV and AR technology and applications, and show some applications which I made.

13.30-13.45 Discussion

13.45-14.30 Markku  Hauta-Kasari: Applications of Spectral Colour Research

In my presentation I will introduce the spectral color research at the University of Eastern Finland from the application point of view. I will show industrial applications in which the spectral color is key technology to solve the color related task. Also the research center called InFotonics Center Joensuu at the University of Eastern Finland will be introduced.

14.30-15.00 Discussion

15.00-15.30 BREAK

15.30-16.00 Lecture by Harald Arnkil: Colours in context

Colour exists only in context, but we are still able to name and conceptualize colour in our heads. How is this done and how accurately can we remember colours? Colour also seems to change constantly in juxtaposition with other colours and with changes in lighting, but we are still able to identify objects by their colour in widely varying situations. In order to fully understand colours’ relativity and constancy, we need to address human ecology and evolution.

16.00-16.30 Discussion

16.30-17.00 Conclusion by Jussi Lohijoki and Antti Raike: How to visualise the film post-production manual?

Registration: Join the LeMill group for Seeing Red

Read the paper of the final day before the fourth symposium session, please: Blue or Red? Exploring the Effect of Color on Cognitive Task Performances


VIPP symposium 2010: Seeing Red, second day 14.1.2010

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Speakers’ presentation notes and related discussion forums can be found at:

09.30-10.00 Opening: Antti Raike

10.00-10.30 Markku Reunanen: Subcultural visual practices

The presentation deals with the visual language of the underground community known as the demoscene. Starting from the 1980s the scene has reflected the technology, society and popular culture of its time. The developments have all contributed to the audiovisual artifacts produced by the community, and here we will look into some of those factors.

10.30-11.00 Discussion:

11.00-11.30 Tommi Jantunen: On the perception of  allegedly word-like units in signed language

The talk demonstrates two experiments dealing with sign (cf. word) perception in signed language. The results of the experiments indicate that there exists a categorical difference between what the sign is argued to be in (and by) the linguistic theory and what the sign actually appears to be on the basis of perceptual experiments. Consequences of this conflict are outlined.

11.30-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.00 LUNCH

13.00-13.30 Philip Dean: Digital photography, perception  and colour management

Long White Cloud

13.30-14.00 Discussion: Reproduction of colours

14.00-14.30 Antti Raike and Jyrki Messo:  Results of colour naming test

14.30-15.00 Discussion:

15.00-15.30 BREAK

15.30-16.00 Lauri Ahonen: Lessons of eye-tracking

The speech will present the foundation of the eye tracking. The basic physiology behind the eye movements will be introduced but focus is in the today’s eye tracking methods. Examples of the existing systems for eye tracking will also be listed

16.00-16.30 Discussion

16.30-17.00 Conclusion

Registration: Join the LeMill group for Seeing Red

Read the paper of the second day before the second symposium session, please: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Study of Users’ Perceptions of a Webpage: With a Focus on the Cognitive Styles of Chinese, Koreans and Americans


VIPP symposium 2010: Seeing Red, first day 12.1.2010

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Speakers’ presentation notes and related discussion forums can be found at:

09.15-10.00 Opening: Antti Raike

10.00-10.30 Raija Talvio: Film production workflow and post production

How to keep the story alive through pre production, production and post production – and is this possible? The different forms the story takes before it reaches the screen.

10.30-11.00 Discussion: How to visualise film production

11.00-11.30 Anna Heiskanen: Film production manual fort the students and staff

Post production workflow has gone through rapid change and keeps on changing. Presenting up-to-date material to the students is a challenge as seems to be understanding the process to the students. So this opportunity for understanding visualizing this maze of phases is very much appriciated.

11.30-12.00 Discussion: The use of film production manual

12.00-13.00 LUNCH

13.00-13.45 Simo Vanni: Visual cortex: one for all and all for one

A single neuron in the visual cortex is sensitive to stimulation not only locally, within classical reseptive field (CRF), but also to stimulation outside the CRF. This extra-CRF sensitivity modulates neural responses, and we have proposed a hypothesis that this modulation render neural responses to distinct visual objects more independent throughout the visual system. This hypothesis connects the well known psychological and physiological principles of contextual modulation to efficient coding of sensory information, and is in line with a view that the hierarchical system of visual cortices comprise a functionally homogenous, but multidimensional network of representations, reflecting learned regularities in the visual environment.

13.45-14.15 Discussion:

14.15-14.45 Samu Mielonen: Data visualisation & colour blindness

14.45-15.00 Discussion:

15.00-15.30 BREAK

15.30-16.00 Markus Koskela: Content-Based Video Analysis

Digital video has become commonplace both in professional use and in various consumer products, and the capturing, storing, and transmitting of digital video has steadily become easier and more cost-effective. However, the current methods for the analysis and semantic representation of the video content are considerably less mature. In this talk, I will introduce the research done at Aalto University ICS Department on content-based video analysis, and present some applications such as automatic video summarization and mobile augmented reality.

16.00-16.30 Discussion

16.30-17.00 Conclusion

Registration: Join the LeMill group for Seeing Red

Read the paper of the first day before the first symposium session, please: Measuring visual clutter


VIPP workshop and symposium 2010: Seeing Red

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The Seeing Red symposium and workshop will be held on January 12th, 14th, 19th, and 21st at Aalto University School of Art and Design (former TAIK), Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki, Finland. Researchers, doctoral students, and MA students working on thesis: Welcome!

VIPP_seeing_red2_2010 photo by Tapio Lipasti



First day, January 12th, 2010, Aalto University School of Art and Design (open for all)

Second day, January 14th, 2010, Aalto University School of Art and Design (open symposium for all)

Third day, January 19th, 2010, Aalto University School of Art and Design (closed workshop for invited participants)

09.15-10.00 Opening and discussion for the program: Suvi Kitunen and Antti Raike

10.00-10.30 Michihito Mizutani: Principles of Interaction design

10.30-11.00 Tarmo Toikkanen: Agile prototyping

When creating innovative software solutions, they cannot be specified in advance. Traditional linear development models do not work, so iterative and agile methods are needed. This talk will present an R&D method that is used design and create software solutions that truly deliver what their target audience needs.

11.00-11.30 Prototyping with Rasmus Vuori, Jyrki Messo, Markku Reunanen and Tarmo Toikkanen

11.30-12.00 Prototyping continues

12.00-13.00 LUNCH

13.00-13.30 Rasmus Vuori: Narrative inertia

13.30-14.00 Discussion: Emotion colours

14.00-14.30 Prototyping continues

14.30-15.00 BREAK

15.00-15.30 Prototyping continues

15.30-16.00 Discussion & demos


16.30-17.00 Conclusion

Final day, January 21st, 2010, Aalto University School of Art and Design (open symposium for all)

Invited speakers

Raija Talvio

Anna Heiskanen

Simo Vanni

M.D. from University of Helsinki 1990, Ph.D. from University of Helsinki and Helsinki university of technology 1998. Postdoc in CerCo laboratory/CNRS in Toulouse, France 2000-2002. Director of Vision systems physiology -group at Brain research unit, Low temperature laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology from 2002 onwards. The group uses functional imaging and psychophysics to study biological visual signal processing in human brain. Docent in neurophysiology 2006, academy research fellow 2008.

Samu Mielonen

Samu Mielonen (MA, New Media) is a researcher and consultant working in the field of media and energy. He’s been teaching various courses on visualization for the past years at the University of Art & Design and enjoys his protanomalous color vision deficiency.

Markus Koskela

Markku Reunanen

Markku Reunanen is the lecturer of interactive visualization at Media Lab, University of Art and Design Helsinki. His teaching consists of themes such as 3D user interfaces, interface prototyping, dynamic visualization and software development. In addition to his educational activities he is a member of the Systems of Representation research group.
Before Mlab Markku studied software science at Tampere University of Technology and worked there in virtual reality related projects. He is a postgrad student at Helsinki University of Technolgy, where he also worked as a researcher for two years on a project dealing with immersive art. Underground demo scene research has been Markku’s pet project since 2004.

Tommi Jantunen

Dr Tommi Jantunen is a Postdoctoral Researcher and the leader of the project 3BatS financed by the Academy of Finland (2010-2012). He received his MA in General Linguistics in 2001 (University of Helsinki) and his doctoral degree in Finnish Sign Language (FinSL) in 2008 (University of Jyväskylä, JyU). He has previously worked both as a lecturer (2005-2009) and as an assistant (2004) in FinSL at the JyU, as a lecturer at the Humanities Polytechnic/Sign Language Interpreter Degree Programme (2003-2004), and as a Sign Language researcher at the Finnish Association of the Deaf (1998-2002). His research areas cover the history and change of FinSL, FinSL lexicon, and FinSL grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax). In the current project he investigates critically certain well-established assumptions concerning signed language and its linguistic research.

Philip Dean

Lauri Ahonen

Lauri Ahonen received his M.Sc. in Technology in the spring of 2009. His current field of study is cognitive fatigue and its relation to human physiology. Lauri is interested in the research of the human senses, their neurology and relation to cognition. He also finds interaction with information systems and usability issues fascinating. A collective term for his interests is neuroergonomics. Lauri’s work focuses, due to technical background, designing research paradigms. He is currently employed as a research engineer at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Työterveyslaitos). He is responsible for the technical engineering in research paradigms. Furthermore, he will participate as a student in a teaching programme for a degree in innovation management, when the programme starts in the spring of 2010. Lauri’s future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. degree abroad, possibly in an industrial project.

Michihito Mizutani

Tarmo Toikkanen

Tarmo Toikkanen is a psychologist, a software architect, a scrum master, an entrepreneur, an author, and a researcher. Tarmo works as a researcher in the Learning Environments research group at the Media Lab of the Aalto university and is working on his doctoral thesis at the University of Helsinki. His research tasks include both agile software R&D project management, as well as social network analysis of collaborative learning scenarios. He also studies how social media tools and services could be utilized in educational settings. His publications range from software artefacts to conference presentations, from peer reviewed academic articles to popular magazine articles and books.

Rasmus Vuori

Kirsikka Vaajakallio

Kirsikka Vaajakallio has MA in industrial design, and she graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki 2006 after working there as research assistant during 2005-2006 in user centered design project named Active@work. She started her doctoral studies in 2007 in the Design Connections Doctoral School in the School of Design. In her research she investigates creative team work, particularly how game-like approaches like design games provide a framework for collaboration during development and change processes. The study emphasizes design oriented way of gaining user insights and finding design opportunities, i.e. exploring how visual and tangible design representation can be harnessed for sharing and producing knowledge within a group of people. She visited Danmarks Design Skole, in Copenhagen during the autumn 2007. Currently She works with service design related project called Extreme Design: “Developing Extreme Service Design Methods”. The project is conducted in collaboration with TKK (HIIT and Sober-IT) and four companies.

Sonja Iltanen-Tähkävuori

Sonja Iltanen-Tähkävuori (DA) is a fashion designer and a researcher. She has studied practical and ethical issues related to industrial fashion design and ageing since 1999. Currently she is working with a post-doctoral research project on clothing, dementia and home care.

Akira Sano

Akira Sano is a visiting researcher from Japan. His research area is “Augmented Reality” and “Physical Computing”. He develops new
applications to expand the ways of communication on Internet. He was born in 1973 Osaka, Japan. After studying at graduate school of Human Sciences Osaka University, he worked for commercial film production in Tokyo as a production manager. In 1997, he established a digital contents division and worked as a technical director. While his working, the contents which his team made got many international advertisement prizes. In 2001, he worked for Kyushu Sangyo University as a associate professor.

Markku Hauta-Kasari

Markku Hauta-Kasari was born in 1970 in Sonkajarvi, Finland. He received his MSc in computer science from the University of Kuopio, Finland, in 1994 and his PhD in information processing from the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, in 1999. Since 1999 he has been working in research and teaching positions at the Department of Computer Science, University of Joensuu, Finland. In 2002 he was one year as Acting Professor. From 1996 to 1998 he was a visiting researcher at the Optical Sensing Laboratory, Saitama University, Japan. In 2002 he was 2 months as a visiting researcher at Professor Miyake laboratory in Chiba University, Japan, and in 2007 one month as a visiting Professor at the National Museum of Japanese History, Japan. He is a Docent in spectral imaging and spectral image analysis at the University of Joensuu. Since 2003, he has been the Director of InFotonics Center Joensuu research center at the University of Joensuu. His research interest include spectral color research, pattern recognition and computer vision. He is a member of the Optical Society of Japan, and Pattern Recognition Society of Finland. He is the committee member of the International Committee for Imaging Science, ICIS, representing Finland, since 2007. He is a past chairman of the Pattern Recognition Society of Finland. Since 2008, he is the chairman of the CIE Technical Committee TC8-07 “Multispectral imaging”.

Harald Arnkil

Harald Arnkil is an artist, colorist and art educator. He is a full-time faculty member in the School of Visual Culture at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, holding a permanent tenure as lecturer in color studies since 1990.
He graduated with a degree in painting from the Finnish Academy of Fine Art in 1979 and has held several one-man exhibitions and taken part in numerous group shows in Finland and abroad. Arnkil has lectured and published articles on color and art in Finland and abroad, and has recently published “Värit havaintojen maailmassa”, a book on color for artists, designers and architects. Harald Arnkil is also the founder and president of the Finnish Color Association and is a member of the Stockholm-based SYN-TES -research group on colour, light and space.

Jussi Lohijoki


Suvi Kitunen

Suvi Kitunen is a web designer and lecturer. Kitunen started to design web sites at the age of 15. In 2004 she moved to study in the UK. While in the country, she worked as a freelance web and graphic designer. After three years she scored a first class degree in media production and moved back to Finland to do MA degree at Media Lab, the University of Art and Design Helsinki. During her studies she specialised in user-centred design. Kitunen was part of a Finnish team to win a 24HRS participatory design competition in Oslo. Her MA theses focused on designing web interfaces for Deaf users. Currently, Kitunen is working as a digital media teacher at the University of Applied Sciences Kymenlaakso (Kymenlaakson Ammattikorkeakoulu) and giving lectures on web design for users with special needs.

Antti Raike


Diana de Sousa

Heikki Tuononen

About the symposium and workshop

Three symposium days are open for all, but registration and a small preliminary work will be required. The workshop on Tuesday, January 19th is closed. We will organise a video stream for all four days and the presentations will be published on SlideShare. Participants and presenters are encouraged to join LeMill for discussions. The name of our LeMill group is “VIPP workshop and symposium 2010: Seeing Red“. Make a LeMill account before joining the group, please.

Speakers’ presentation notes and related discussion forums


Registration for Jan 12th, 14th, and 21st, 2010: Join the LeMill group for Seeing Red


VIPP symposium 2008: Feeling Blue

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

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.

Let’s roll!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Designers are artists? Painters? Hackers? Researchers? Do they design “for all”, i.e. users, or for themselves? Surely designers vary a lot, as the users do. But would it be reasonable to think that designers awareness of the principles of human cognition and biological constraints and collaboration with users will improve the accessibility of project visualisation? Or that designer’s tacit and cultural knowledge of the users supports more accurate project visualisations?

The aim of VIPP is to a) Explain how colours could be used in visualisations to augment accessibility; b) Find interdisciplinary tools and methods for project visualisation practises, which can be understood equally by all technical and artistic project members; c) Clarify how design for all principles could be rationalised in project visualisations; d) Describe what are the constraints and limits of the design for all principles in complex technologically driven media projects, and e) Generate cross-disciplinary dialogue between art, design and technology projects.

The methodology is based on participatory action research and advanced codesign (collaborative design having a focus on human and social factors in design) due to complexity of the phenomena involved. Triangulation for the data collection will be used, thus the research questions will be studied from versatile data and points of view. Data will consist of researcher’s observations in the research log, recorded e-mail comments by participants and designers, results of the eye-tracking tests, concept maps made by participants and project visualisations of the design experiments.

Expected results will — hopefully — contribute to design of accessible and universal interfaces for information and communication technology (ICT) in rich media project management. I like to think that results will improve and propagate the project visualisation methodology in media and design productions to augment better financial and content conduction of the projects.

– Antti