Kaisa Väänänen

  • Professor Kaisa Väänänen  
    (previously Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila)
  • Human-Centered Technology (IHTE), unit of Computing Sciences, faculty of Information technology and communication sciences (ITC)
    Tampere University
    Korkeakoulunkatu 6, P.O. Box 589, 33101 Tampere, Finland
  • Office in Tietotalo building, room TE109
    Tel: +358-40-849 0731
    Email: kaisa.vaananen (at) tuni.fi
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaisav/

PROFESSIONAL BRIEF - Research on HTI for sustainability

Since 2004, I am a full-time professor of usability in Tampere University (TUNI) (previously Tampere University of Technology), in the unit of Human-Centered Technology (IHTE), an interdisciplinary group of 15 researchers working on Human-Technology Interaction (HTI). We have research projects on a broad spectrum of topics, including user experience of novel applications for societal purposes, in specific for environmental and societal sustainability. We work closely with industrial partners and cooperate with researchers from other interdisciplinary research groups. I work actively in the international research forum, especially in the Mobile HCI and CHI communities.

My research interests cover, but are not limited to:

Before my full-time professorship in Tampere University (previously Tampere University of Technology, TUT), I worked in various internal consultancy and research management positions in Nokia, Inc. in 1995-2004 (see my CV). I also held a part-time professorship in TUT during years 2000-2004. Before that, in years 1991-1995 I worked as a researcher in Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt, Germany. I obtained my Dr. Tech. (Dr.-Ing.) degree in Technical University of Darmstad in 1995. Before that, I enjoyed my studies of software engineering in Technical University of Helsinki (1983-1991), artificial intelligence in University of Minnesota (1988-89) and Human-Computer Interaction in University of London (1989-1990).

I served full six years (2013-2018) in Academy of Finland as a member of the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering.

Since 2009, in the editorial board of Interacting with Computers journal (IwC) published by Elsevier. In 2016-2019 I was the steering committee chair for the MobileHCI conference series.

In 2011, I was working part-time with Mobile Life Centre @ Stockholm University, enabled by Nokia Foundation's Visiting professor grant. I have also worked with Nokia Inc. in 1995-2004 and as a part-time visiting professor at Nokia Research Center on design and evaluation of user experience in 2008-2010.


I live in a small town near Tampere, Finland. I have two wonderful children, Samuel (born 1999) and Helena (2003). During my free time, I do sports (biking, gym, running), travel and meet up with friends.

Last update: 25.2.2020