VME Interaction Design Environment

Welcome!

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

Project

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.

News

Join XR Ocean Hackaton 15-18.10.2021

You work in an international team, and you have 48 hours challenge to build an XR-prototype. Present it the public.

Best project wins €1000.

VME lab and University of Vaasa are a partner in the event! 

XR Ocean is a network of Extended Reality enthusiasts around the Baltic sea. Behind XR Ocean there is non-profit organization that wants to build awareness and competence in XR! More about XR OCEAN …

Register latest 10th October 2021 23:59 CET.

The challenge starts 15th Oct 6 pm CET and ends 18th Oct 6 pm CET

 

We are hiring!

Are you interested in game research, user experience and emerging technologies like AR/VR/XR, 3D, eye tracking? Perhaps you are in the middle of your studies or you have otherwise a strong interest in technology? You may want to check the research assistant position at the VME lab?
Find out more and apply here.

Specialist 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

Environment

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.

Activity

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)