Lily Diaz-Kommonen

  • Otakaari 1 X, 02150 Espoo


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Artistic and research interests

Lily Díaz research interests are focused in: 1. New media platforms that could be developed to illuminate knowledge in the arts and the humanities 2. Virtual reality as a new genre 3. Design research practice and theory; 4. Combined use of anthropology and new media to promote human-centred design.

Her experience as principal investigator is in European research and development projects in the area of digital technology and cultural heritage.

In 2015 she was appointed full professor of new media at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. As Head of Research she is responsible for the Doctoral Studies in the Media Lab Helsinki. In the MA studies programme she teaches design research and information visualization design. 

Significant research projects include the Raisio Archeology Archive created as part of the Illuminating History Through the Eyes of Media project funded by the Academy of Finland; the Digital Facsimile of the Map of Mexico 1550 project that received First Prize in the Nabi Digital Storytelling International Competition of Intangible Heritage organized by Art Center Nabi in South Korea and UNESCO; the Interactive Virtual Reality Installation of the Pavilion of Finland at the 1900 World Fair in Paris developed as part of the TEKES funded HandsOn project; and the Interactive Virtual Reality Installation of Vrouw Maria, that was awarded a Special Mention of the Jury in the research category of the 2015 Europa Nostra digital cultural heritage competition.

She has written over 90 publications in areas related to art, design, heritage and new media. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture an anthology published by Routledge in 2015 and co-edited with Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Martin Sondegaard and Maria Engberg, is one of her latests result as an author.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design)


  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Design
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Human-computer interaction
  • New media

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Research Output

Applying Embodied Design Improvisation for Physical Interaction in Augmented and Virtual Reality

Lee, J., Diaz-Kommonen, L. & Xiao, Y., 2 Jun 2019, In : Archives of Design Research. 32, 2, p. 5-17 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    Dialogue Pathways with Otherness in Twenty First Century Museum

    Diaz-Kommonen, L., 20 Aug 2019, Museums and the Post Digital Turn. Mousse Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientific

  • Interactive diodrama - Rembrandt 1632 : new version

    Diaz-Kommonen, L., Chen, L., Reunanen, M. & Turpeinen, O., 9 Sep 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • 360° video storytelling and virtual reality workshop

    Díaz-Kommonen, L., Pham, S., Vosmeer, M., Bassbouss, L., Lee, J. H. & Mancianti, A., 25 Jun 2018, TVX 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. ACM, p. 253-254 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

  • Adaptation and Convergence of Media: "High" Culture Intermediality vs Popular Culture Intermediality

    Diaz-Kommonen, L. (ed.), Dragu, M. (ed.) & Eilittä, L., 15 Dec 2018, Aalto ARTS Books. 276 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyScientificpeer-review

  • Projects

    SPICE: Social cohesion, Participation, and Inclusion through Cultural Engagement

    Diaz-Kommonen, L.


    Project: EU: Framework programmes funding

    Beyond Matter

    Diaz-Kommonen, L.


    Project: EU: Other research funding

    Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018: Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018

    Diaz-Kommonen, L.


    Project: Conferences and seminars


    Dean's publishing grant awarded to Lily Díaz and Systems of Representation research group

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Recipient), 9 Oct 2013

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Dean's publishing grant to Professor Lily Díaz and her team

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Recipient), Markku Reunanen (Recipient) & Ferhat Sen (Recipient), 2 Oct 2012

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Fulbright research scholarship 1990-1991

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Recipient), 1990

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Research scholarship

    Pekka Korvenmaa (Supervisor) & Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Recipient), 1996

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Activities

    Ontología y narrativa en los sistemas de inteligencia artificial. Una mirada antropólogica.

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Speaker)
    5 Nov 20198 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture

    Conferrer of degrees in the 2019 Conferment Ceremony of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Participant), Turkka Keinonen (Participant), Mira Kallio-Tavin (Participant), Karin Krokfors (Participant)
    31 Jan 201915 Jun 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther expert tasks or merit

    Arts and Humanities evaluation panel member

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Consultant)
    16 Jun 201922 Jun 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    Shifting Self in the Global Village

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Speaker), Ningfeng Zhang (Speaker)
    9 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Research project commentator

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen (Consultant)
    22 Sep 201923 Sep 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesAcademic advising

    Press / Media

    Participant in exhibition

    Lily Diaz-Kommonen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Social media activity