STRATUS Research: User-Centred Design
The roots of the research themes of STRATUS are in human-computer interaction, user-centred design, and usability engineering. During the last decade, new application domains as well as scientific progress in the area have affected the approach and activities of STRATUS as well.
User-centred design is activity that happens close to empirical and industrial activities. During its 30-years history, usability has grown out from pure and restricted human-computer-interaction that has the emphasis on physical perception and the interaction structures that take place in the very interaction situation. One can say that HCI research has gotten divided into several sub-domains that focus on specific interaction styles (with different types of devices and tools), specific application domains, and specific surroundings.
The currently active research and application domains of STRATUS are:
- user-centred design of industrial collaboration and control systems (Contact: Petri Mannonen, Mika P. Nieminen, Marko Nieminen)
- user-centred design of mobile financial services (contact: Marko Nieminen, Sirpa Riihiaho, Jussi Rämänen)
- user-centred service design and engineering (Contact: Petri Mannonen, Mikael Runonen, Sakari Tamminen, Marko Nieminen)
- user-centred design of collaborative and mobile healthcare systems (Contact: Johanna Viitanen, Marko Nieminen)
A generic emphasis of the research is in the development of methods, practices, and tools for emphasizing the users’ role and importance in product and service development process. Our research aims at producing methods that can be used to design and develop successful services and products that are appropriate (good usability and user experience, good activity-fit) for their users.
Our research themes are addressed in our research projects.
We are happy to discuss these and other related themes with interested academic and industrial partners.