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Event organization

Aalto University Staff & Faculty

Prof. Rupesh Vyas – Project Lead
Minna Ainoa – Producer, Department of Media
Moona Tikka – Event Coordinator
Research Engineer Veli-Matti Saarinen – Thermal Photobooth, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Student Team

Sofia Schleutker – Team Lead & PR
Saara Majanne – Visual Design
Utkarsh Raut – Animation & Production
Ada Peiretti – Showcase Curation & Design
Ilkka Malin – Showcase Curation & Design
Helmi Dominguez Vanha-aho – Well-being & Showcase Curation
Stephan Garneau – Well-being & Editor (text)

Extended Student Team

Leo Kosola – Website Programming

Event production

Sound, Light, AV

Helena Bäckman – Producer/Production Manager, Aalto Studios
Ossi Miikulainen – Sound Technician, Broadway Finland Oy
Alpi Rimppi – Mixing & Directing
Light: Bright Finland Oy
Sofia Schleutker – Moderation
Saara Halmetoja – Q&A Moderation


Eren Öztekin – Camera Operator
Joonatan Porras – Camera Operator
Isra Rab – Editor
Iiro Immonen – Photography

Aalto University Campus, Dipoli

Kati Gustafsson – Account Manager
Antti Leino – Dipoli Facility Management


Robert Aarts, Hoang Dang, Oya Duman, Saara Halmetoja, Boeun Kim, Yuika Machida, Vili Nieminen, Otto Olavinen, Tintin Rosvik, Andreas Sode, Yulia Soloveva, Lisa Staudinger, Kengo Yamada



About VK19

Data Sensations.

Visualizing Knowledge’s Topical Abstract

We rely on our senses to evaluate the kaleidoscopic theatre of phenomena around us. Essential to the understanding of our environment is a translation of the external world to our internal experience, performed in concert by our senses. These senses extend beyond only visual perception—we shape textures with our skin, encounter memories with our nose, and appraise music with our ears.

Today, we extend these senses through a myriad of machines and sensors, which simultaneously collect and contribute to the surplus of data that comprises our world. Much of this information remains under-utilized or in its raw form. Only when guided by a certain inquiry can we establish understanding and return patterns in familiar forms.

Further still, one of the most important considerations in information design is the user experience. Which senses are, or could be, involved? How do our senses influence the information itself? Meaningful design should resonate in the senses as much as any other experience.

The subject of this year’s conference is the human senses and their role in information design. Topics under consideration include current and future methods in the use of sensory data, data collection and representation, media considerations, and production techniques.

Conference background

Visualizing Knowledge has been held every year since 2012 in Helsinki, Finland. It was formerly known as Tieto Näkyväksi and organized by Jonatan Hildén and Juuso Koponen from Koponen + Hildén. In 2017, the event became a part of Aalto University and is now organized by a highly motivated team of students, faculty and staff from the fields of Visual Communication and Information Design. The website from the VK18 event can be seen at

The Main Venue

Dipoli, Aalto University, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo
Greater Helsinki, Finland

15 min by Metro from Helsinki Center (Kamppi)

Dipoli Otaniemi
Aalto university Dipoli in Espoo, Finland designed by Reima and Raili Pietilä and completed in 1966. Renovation and restauration designed by ALA Architects in 2017.

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Visualizing Knowledge 2019 will take place on Aalto University’s main campus Otaniemi which is situated in the area of Espoo, 15 minutes by metro from Helsinki City Center. Originally designed by Alvar Aalto, the campus offers a unique combination of education, study and business densely packed into this small area.

The conference itself will take place at Dipoli – Aalto University’s main building. The showcase will also be located in Dipoli, directly next to the conference hall.

Image: Aalto-yliopisto/Tuomas Uusheimo

Conference Schedule

10 May 2019

8:30 – 9:15



Opening words: Philip Dean & Rupesh Vyas, Aalto University


Lisa Charlotte Rost (DE)

A datapoint walks into a bar

Essi Huotari, Futurice (FI)

Enhancing Democracy through Data & Design

Lightning talk: Matti Niinimäki (FI)

PMOS – Sonification of the Sibelius Monument

Introducing Showcases

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break


Karri-Pekka Laakso & Edward Landtman, Reaktor (FI)

The effortless airport: Supporting personnel and passengers with real-time visualizations

Christina Franken (NL)

Data and its role for the built environment

Juuso Koponen & Jonatan Hildén (FI)

A new atlas of Finland

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break


Lightning talk: Jarkko Ryynänen, Yle (FI)

Robojournalism and politics

Iiro Jääskeläinen, Aalto University School of Science (FI)

Individual differences in how one's brain views the world

Joost Grootens (NL)

More Matter, With Less Art

Antti Tenetz (FI)

Beyond Numbers - Foraging Data and expanding horizon

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee Break


Lightning talk: Mustafa Saifee, Aalto University (FI)

VR-Viz: Visualization system for data visualization in VR

Lightning talk: John Lee (KR)

Seeing sound listening to image

Jens Finnäs (SE)

Automating journalism and visualizations - the HARD parts

Kirell Benzi (FR)

From Data Science to Data Art


Closing Words

17:15 – 18:30

Sparkling wine provided by Grafia

General Contact


The VK19 Organizing team

Helmi Domínguez