Crowd Computing Research Group

At the University of Oulu, Finland

We investigate collective computing, where distributed humans and algorithms together address work too challenging for computers alone.

Given the rapid advances in AI, it is imperative to identify and harness the unique aspects of human cognition and develop ways for humans and algorithms to collaborate seamlessly across different domains. 

Happening Right Now

  • New publications, in form of international collaborations in excellent venues, on 1) social media credibility evaluation, in Computers in Human Behaviour (click here), 2) monetary value of personal health data in IJHCS (click here) 2) empathy research in VR, in ACM Computing surveys (click here
  • We organizing the second TOHAI together with the University of Tokyo: Tokyo-Oulu Joint Symposium on Human-AI Interaction! The first event took place on Oct 24-25 in Tokyo, Japan -- read more
  • Ville's PhD successful defence on May 15: "Digitizing Spatial Experience for Fostering Empathy"

Three Focus Areas:

Digital Health

We study and develop solutions for tracking, monitoring and helping people with various chronic and challenging medical conditions. 


We work with the crowds in many ways: Basic research on how the modern online human subject pools and labour markets operate and applied research where we employ the crowds for applied use cases online. 

Social Computing

We work with different systems that either foster our human behaviours (e.g. empathy) or leverage sociality as a building block in encouraging contributions to open science. 

Here is our awesome team

Simo Hosio

Associate professor, academy research fellow

Digital Health, Crowdsourcing

aku visuri

academy postdoctoral researcher

Mobile Health

saba kheirinejad

doctoral researcher

Mobile Health

junhao li

doctoral researcher,

Critical reading skills

mahmoud badri

doctoral researcher

Crowdsourcing health data

dániel szabó

research assistant

Social robotics

Mohammadreza Sadeghi


Mobile health

Bishwas Wagle

research assistant

Human Robot Interaction

Shanaka Niranjan

research assistant

Social Computing


  • Nazanin Nakhaie Ahooie
  • Dr. Ville Paananen
  • Mähä Eldamnhory
  • Kavindu Magalage
  • Achira Hendalage
  • Niloofar Meftahi
  • Katri Säily
  • Dr. Denzil Ferreira
  • Dr. Kennedy Opoku Asare

More alumni:

  • Dr. Andy Alorwu
  • Dr. Sharadhi Suryanarayana
  • Joonas Moilanen
  • Danial Khaledi
  • Piushana Abeygunawardena
  • Maha Eldamnhory
  • Eetu Huusko
  • Sina Kiarostami
  • Dr. Elina Kuosmanen
  • Dr. Jonas Oppenlaender

Contact us

Visit us at the University of Oulu:

Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 3. Tietotalo 1, Entrance E Linnanmaa 90570 Oulu

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