Perttu Hämäläinen

20022019

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Artistic and research interests

I'm a tenure track assistant professor of computer games at Aalto University. My mission is to improve health through exergames and digitally augmented sports that promote physical activity. My research interests include exergame design and gameplay innovation through technologies such as AI, procedural animation, and computer vision. The showreel above features projects ranging from my M.A. thesis back in 2001 to commercial games by Virtual Air Guitar Company and my group's recent research. I moved to Aalto from VAGC in 2012.

My background is in human-computer interaction, computer vision, electronics, and audio signal processing technology, and before that in sound design, demoscene, short films, and theatre. I used to be fluent in AHDL, embedded system design, and several assembler dialects, but nowadays I mostly implement my game and interaction prototypes using C# and Unity 3D, and technology using Matlab and C++. I'm a hybrid researcher / engineer / designer.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Technology)

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Master of Science (Technology)

Keywords

  • games
  • animation technology
  • human-computer interaction
  • gameplay innovation
  • exercise gamification
  • procedural animation

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Research Output

A reinforcement learning approach to synthesizing climbing movements

Naderi, K., Babadi, A., Roohi, S. & Hamalainen, P., 1 Aug 2019, IEEE Conference on Games 2019, CoG 2019. 7 p. 8848127. (IEEE Conference on Computatonal Intelligence and Games; vol. 2019-August).

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

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    Movement Empowerment in a Multiplayer Mixed-Reality Trampoline Game

    Lehtonen, L., Kaos, M., Kajastila, R., Holsti, L., Karsisto, J., Pekkola, S., Vähämäki, J., Vapaakallio, L. & Hämäläinen, P., 2019, CHI PLAY '19: Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. ACM, p. 19-29 11 p.

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

  • Recognizing Emotional Expression in Game Streams

    Roohi, S., Mekler, E., Tavast, M., Blomqvist, T. & Hämäläinen, P., 2019, CHI PLAY '19 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play . ACM, p. 301-311

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

  • Self-Imitation Learning of Locomotion Movements through Termination Curriculum

    Babadi, A., Naderi, K. & Hämäläinen, P., 31 Oct 2019, Proceedings - MIG 2019: ACM Conference on Motion, Interaction, and Games. ACM, p. 21-27 7 p. 21

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

  • Social Play in an Exergame: How the Need to Belong Predicts Adherence

    Kaos, M. D., Rhodes, R. E., Hamalainen, P. & Graham, T. C. N., 2019, CHI 2019: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems . ACM, p. 1-13 13 p. 430

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

    2 Citations (Scopus)

    Projects

    FCAI: Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI)

    Hämäläinen, P., Acharya, A. & Guckelsberger, C.

    01/01/201931/12/2022

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    IMAI: Interactive Movement Artificial Intelligence (IMAI)

    Takatalo, J., Rajamäki, J., Kaos, M., Babadi, A., Hämäläinen, P., Naderi, K., Pesola, T., Toikka, J. & Ikkala, A.

    01/09/201631/08/2020

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    BF CREAIM Hämäl. H2020 valmist

    Hämäläinen, P.

    02/11/201531/12/2020

    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding

    Virtual Coach Based on Multibody Dynamics

    Rajamäki, J., Takatalo, J., Naderi, K., Hämäläinen, P. & Kaos, M.

    01/01/201731/12/2018

    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding

    Augmented Climbing Wall: Augmented Climbing Wall - Tehostettu kiipeilyseinä

    Hämäläinen, P.

    01/08/201531/12/2016

    Project: Business Finland: Other research funding

    Prizes

    Best Applied Game ("hyötypeli") award at Finnish Game Awards 2017

    Perttu Hämäläinen (Recipient), 27 Apr 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Best Paper Award

    Maximus Kaos (Recipient), Ryan Rhodes (Recipient), Perttu Hämäläinen (Recipient) & T.C. Nicholas Graham (Recipient), 4 May 2019

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Best paper honorary mention (top 5%) at ACM CHI 2016 in collaboration with Raine Kajastila and Leo Holsti

    Perttu Hämäläinen (Recipient), Raine Kajastila (Recipient) & Leo Holsti (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Activities

    ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

    Perttu Hämäläinen (Member)
    22 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    ACM SIGGRAPH

    Perttu Hämäläinen (Member)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Presenting the student game project Plusminus at GDC Experimental Gameplay Workshop 2019

    Antti Sandberg (Speaker), Juuso Toikka (Speaker), Veera Hokkanen (Contributor), Thomas Holmes (Contributor), Hannu Koivuranta (Contributor), Helena Sorva (Contributor), Perttu Hämäläinen (Contributor), Miikka Junnila (Contributor)
    22 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    PhD examiner for Maximus Kaos, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

    Perttu Hämäläinen (Examiner)
    2 Feb 2018

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examination of dissertation or acting as opponent to doctoral students

    On Empowerment, Curiosity & AI

    Perttu Hämäläinen (Speaker)
    23 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture