During 2006 I was involved in internal and external research projects related to capturing, visualizing and sharing memories. Smart phones played an essential role in these projects, as they were used to collect and access user information. As part of these activities, I also lead the SharMe project, an external collaboration project funded by TEKES (The Finnish agency for technology and innovation) and included researchers from Nokia, Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). My main focus was on developing new ways of representing and visualizing user-related media. We used Semantic Web technologies for representing as well as reasoning about collected information. We also used and extended visualization tools such as Piccolo/Jazz. In collaboration with TUT we have performed user studies related to using mobile technologies (and not only) for creating memories, what information is perceived as useful and how people would like to share digital memories. I have also created an external collaboration with Prof. Gregory Abowd’s group at Georgia Tech on sharing memories withing the context of families living abroad.
Project members I worked with: Markku Laitkorpi, Sailesh Satish, Tristram Grabener (summer intern), Salla Myllyla.
External collaborators: Prof. Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, Thomas Olsson, Marika Lehtonen, Hannu Soronen (TUT), Prof. Heikki Saikkonen (TKK).
Related publication: T. Olsson, M. Lehtonen, D. Pavel and K. Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, “User-centered design of a mobile application for sharing life memories”, in Proceedings of the 4th international conference on mobile technology, applications, and systems and the 1st international symposium on Computer human interaction in mobile technology, 2007