Ville Paananen

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Doctoral Researcher

Love learning and asking questions. Fascinated by new viewpoints and their possible applications. Professional interests include empathy tools, critical architecture, alternative design, systems thinking, and more.

Oulu / FI
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November 2021
Investigating Human Scale Spatial Experience
Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
A study about spatial experience and its applications in HCI and Interaction Design. Presented at ISS2021.
pdf / doi
May 2021
2VT: Visions, Technologies, and Visions of Technologies for Understanding Human Scale Spaces
CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
A workshop held at the CHI2021 conference
pdf / doi


August 2020 - Present
Doctor of Technology
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
University of Oulu
August 2020 - Present
Bachelor's degree
University of Oulu
December 2018 - December 2020
Master's degree
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
University of Oulu
December 2012 - December 2018
Bachelor's degree
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
University of Oulu


March 2020 - June 2020
Research Assistant
University of Oulu
Center for Ubiquitous Computing, UBICOMP
January 2019 - February 2020
Freelance Illustrator
Oulun ylioppilaslehti
Illustrating text articles for web and print media
March 2019 - April 2019
Research Assistant
University of Oulu
Multidisciplinary research project which aimed to help children learn digital fabrication methods more easily.
March 2018 - April 2018
Course Assistant
University of Oulu
Translating and checking tests for Artificial Intelligence -course


November 2021 - November 2021
Student Volunteer
Interactive Surfaces and Spaces 2021 (ISS2021)
Helping with running a hybrid conference
June 2021 - July 2021
Student Volunteer
Media Architecture Biennale 2020 (MAB20)
Made sure the online conference runs smoothly
January 2019 - December 2019
Secretary and Graphic Designer
Writing meeting records and designing visual material for events and marketing
January 2018 - December 2018
Chairman Of The Board
Organized events, managed different aspects of a newly found interest society, and developed a complete visual branding

Awards & Grants

October 2021
Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation
Year-long working grant for doctoral research
December 2019
Rakennustietosäätiö sr
Grant For Master's thesis


Web Development
HTML / CSS / JS / Node.js / React.js / D3.js / Three.js / p5.js
Mobile Development
Data Analysis
Misc. Programming
C / Python / Unity
2D Design
Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign
3D Design
SketchUp / AutoCAD / Blender / Revit


Finnish — Native speaker
English — Fluent
Swedish — Basic skills


Graphic novels / Architectural theory / Philosophy / Mathematics
Being all-around-creative
Making music / Drawing comics / Creative coding