Harri Siirtola

I am a university researcher in the TAUCHI Research Center, and an Adjunct Professor of Interactive Technology. My main research interest is information visualization, especially the interactive kind. I collaborate with many parties, in and outside academia, as the information visualization research is invariably cross-disciplinary.

I also regard usability as one of the most important aspects of computing systems, and have been involved with our usability laboratory from the very beginning.

I supervise Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral thesis about information visualization. Feel free to contact me!

I also occasionally teach a course on Information Visualization – which is targeted for all university students interested in this topic, not just the programmers.

Recent and ongoing projects

GaSP: Shared and Private Gaze

Gaze, Shared and Private, or "Private and Shared Gaze: Enablers, Applications, Experiences" is a three-year project funded by the Academy of Finland and led by Kari-Jouko Räihä. It will run from the September 2015 till the end of 2018.

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STRATAS: Text Variation Explorer

Text Variation Explorer (TVE) is an interactive text visualization tool with a sociolinguistic twist. We are currently working on a new version in the STRATAS project (Interfacing structured and unstructured data in sociolinguistic research on language change). The link below shows details about the earlier release from the DAMMOC project (Data mining tools for changing modalities of communication).

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FinnGen: Visualization of disease trajectories

With my colleague Javier Gracia-Tabuenca, we are currently designing and building visualization and analysis tools for longitudinal health data in context of the FinnGen project. These tools will help, e.g., the clinical teams of FinnGen to validate the disease endpoints. At the same time, we are also visiting researchers at the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare to get access to the health register data.