VME Interaction Design Environment


VME Interaction Design Environment is a competence center and pilot environment for future user interfaces. Being strategically located in the multi-domain laboratory Technobothnia in Vaasa, VME offers an open environment for collaboration by researchers, students and companies in research on human-computer interaction and user interface innovations.


The development of the VME Interaction Design Environment is promoted by the University of Vaasa's "Pilot Environment for Future User Interfaces" -project. The project contributes to development, growth and business opportunities of Ostrobothnia by offering an open, low-threshold environment for user interface design, development and testing. Our services enable universities, companies and researchers to operate across borders, so that the research work combines the needs of the local enterprises. The steering group is formed by University of Vaasa, Åbo Akademi University, ABB, Visma and Wärtsilä.


See recording of
XR Ocean Hackathon

Kick off & key notes  and

VME lab and University of Vaasa a partner of XR Ocean network!

Participants worked in international teams
– and had 48 hours challenge to build an XR-prototype that helps future citizens participate.
Prototypes were presented to the public and jury.

Read more about the non-profit XR OCEAN network here.

Vaasa region went XR!

Third year students Tarmo Kähkönen & Kasper Kovanen were representing VME & University of Vaasa at the XR Ocean Hackaton. University teacher and XR-expert Sebastian Laitila was invited to mentor the contest teams. The CEO of Vaasa headquartered company Platonic Partnership, Jussi Loukiainen, was appointed a jury member at the contest.

A shot from pitch of university students from Vaasa at the finals!

Juho-Pekka Mäkipää representing VME at SFV Start -challenge!

Our accessibility specialist Juho-Pekka Mäkipää is competing in the SFV Start! – challenge. The challenge seeks social innovations to help all children and young people thrive in their lives regardless of their background. The purpose is to find new solutions that tackle inequalities so that everyone has a chance to reach their full learning potential.
Twelve teams have been nominated to the challenge. Juho-Pekka represents the University of Vaasa and user interface research in the team “Read and write with the digital tools in your pocket” that works works towards a system which at an early stage helps families and the school to recognize hereditary reading and writing difficulties, and with a low threshold implements the digital compensatory tools that help the student in knowledge acquisition.
VME is eagerly following the competition – Good luck Juho-Pekka & team!
Read more about the challenge: https://start.sfv.fi/en/

Juho-Pekka Mäkipää
works as a university teacher and PhD-candidate in computer science at School of Technology and Innovations
in the University of Vaasa.
Juho-Pekka’s research interest are web accessibility, usability, user experience and user participation (citizen science).

Contact Juho-Pekka





The VME environment consists of two workspaces. The incubation laboratory is a 60 square meter space, which is suited for training and testing, and easily adapted to group work and workshops. The 3D laboratory provides opportunities for 3D modeling and printing. The workspaces are currently equipped with multiple high-performance computers, 3D printers, cameras, and provide a comprehensive framework for the development and testing of user interfaces e.g. eye tracking and XR environments, e.g. Hololens 2, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest with suitable software, e.g. Unity, Unreal Engine, Visual Studio, Adobe XD, Adobe software packages, Eclipse.


Our activity is based on collaboration between universities and industries, in which experts from different fields meet to create innovative solutions and pilot projects. The environment is open for researchers and students, as well as for local enterprises. We also organize workshops and events based on the interests of our stakeholders and collaboration partners.

Current and planned courses supported by VME

  • Pelisuunnittelu, pelit ja pelikulttuurit (Sebastian Laitila)
  • Introduction to game studies (Sebastian Laitila)
  • Human Computer Interaction (Juho-Pekka Mäkipää)
  • Accessiblity (Juho-Pekka Mäkipää)
  • User Innovations (Minna-Maria Jaskari)
  • Technology Management (Rayko Toshev)
  • Simulations of Production systems (Rayko Toshev)
  • Visual communication (Meniina Wiik)
  • Brand Management (Minna-Maria Jaskari)