The Humans of Aalto University
Sampsa Hyysalo is Professor of Co-Design at the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. His research focuses on designer-user relations in sociotechnical change. This includes engagement in participatory design, codesign, open and user innovation, open design, peer knowledge creation, user communities, citizen science and user knowledge in organizations, longitudinal ethnography, social shaping of technology and sustainability transformations.
Sampsa has published over 100 academic works including seven books and about 90 full lenght articles and book chapters. Topically most of his research has been on renewable energy, health technology, organizational software and social media. He has authored several books, the latest being "Citizen Activities in Energy Transition: User Innovation, new communities and the Shaping of Sustainable Future." Routledge, 2010). “The new production of users: Changing innovation communities and involvement strategies” (with Elgaard Jensen and Oudshoorn, Routledge, 2016) Health Technology Development and Use: From practice-bound Imagination to evolving Impacts (Routledge, 2010). Sampsa’s research orientation is multidisciplinary, science & technology studies, innovation studies and collaborative design being his main fields of reference. He received his PhD in behavioral sciences in University of Helsinki, working with activity theory. His docenture in is user-centered design of information systems. He was the chief editor of Science & Technology Studies journal 2007-2016 and was awarded the Academy of Finland price for social impact of research in 2010 and EASST Freeman Price for the “New production of Users”.
Sampsa is professor of co-design at the Aalto School of, Art, Design and Architecture. Sampsa’s research and teaching focus on codesign, user involvement in innovation and the co-evolution of technologies, practices and organizations. He received his Ph.d in Behavioral Sciences in the University of Helsinki and holds a Docentship in information systems, specialising in user-centered design. Sampsa was awarded Academy of Finland 2010 price for Social Impact of Research, and EASST Freeman Award 2016. He leads INUSE research group in department of design, the group has members also from Aalto BIZ and ENG.
Sampsa has published over 40 peer reviewed articles (jufo ranked), 10 refereed book chapters and 5 books, out of which the two most important are “The new production of users: Changing innovation communities and involvement strategies” (with Elgaard Jensen and Oudshoorn, Routledge, 2016) and “Health Technology development and use: From practice-bound imagination to evolving impacts” (Routledge, 2010, New York). He has also written Käyttäjä tuotekehityksessä—Tieto, tutkimus, menetelmät. (Taideteollinen korkeakoulu, 2009, Helsinki, First edition "käyttäjätieto" 2006, Edita). (User in product development—Knowledge, research, methods), which is the most cited Finnish language human centred design handbook.
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