New members join the MAGICS consortium

The MAGICS consortium is now being renewed and strengthened by new members. University of Jyväskylä, University of Lapland, and Turku University of Applied Sciences join the Consortium, established by Aalto University, Tampere University, and the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2020. MAGICS is a truly unique infrastructure and community, combining the expertise of the partners in cognitive neuroscience, art and artistic research, musicology, education, computer science, user experience, extended reality, and creative technologies.  

The new members bring in their expertise and facilities in XR, human virtualization, and measuring experiences for use by the members of faculty, students, and external partners. 

University of Lapland works in the cross-section of design and XR technology. During 2023, University of Lapland refurbished their design laboratories and studies, including XR laboratory, with co-funding of 1 M€ from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The facilities feature extensive possibilities for simulating 3D environments, immersive VR experiences, and motion capture. This enables the creation and testing of virtual concepts and experiences.  

The RDI activities of Futuristic Interactive Technologies Research Group from Turku University of Applied Sciences focus on gamification, serious games, game-based simulations, augmented reality, and virtual reality environments applying metaverse technologies. The facilities were recently updated by co-funding of 0.7M€ from ERDF and MEC. Furthermore, the Group works on the development of new business models around developed technological innovations.  

In University of Jyväskylä themes related to learning and interaction are at focus. Multidisciplinary approach includes different measurement modalities from brain research to mapping of emotional states and different viewpoints on digitalization of society and how it affects human behaviour. In this realm, research activities are centered around probing into designed learning contexts and collaborative frameworks to dissect and elevate the creative capacities they facilitate. The facilities comprise of both laboratories and mobile measurement systems including several VR systems.  

At the same time, we have updated our mission: We are National Infrastructure for Humans in Digitalized World. During spring 2024, we apply for the Roadmap for Finnish Research Infrastructures over the years 2025–2029.  

See contact information for representatives of the consortium partners!