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Leppisaari I.,Centria University of Applied Sciences | Herrington J.A.N.,Murdoch University | Vainio L.,HAMK University of Applied Sciences | Im Y.,Hanyang University
Journal of Interactive Learning Research

The implementation of authentic learning elements at education institutions in five countries, across eight online courses in total, is examined in this paper. The International Virtual Benchmarking Project (2009-2010) applied the elements of authentic learning developed by Herrington and Oliver (2000) as criteria to evaluate authenticity. Twelve teachers in four benchmarking pairs applied these elements to compare practices and identify development challenges in their online courses. The results indicate multiple roles and perspectives and scaffolding were the most strongly implemented elements. Collaborative construction of knowledge was implemented weakly. Development challenges were identified, such as the need for continuous authentic assessment. The project raised teachers' awareness of cultural background as a factor affecting views on authentic e-learning, and highlighted the need for differences in the cultural codes of e-learning to be considered when developing multicultural learning. Source

Jamsa J.,Centria University of Applied Sciences | Sukuvaara T.,Finnish Meteorological Institute | Luimula M.,Turku University of Applied Sciences
Intelligent Decision Technologies

To facilitate intelligent traffic communication, a reliable, realistic network is required for ad-hoc communication between vehicles. Many solutions compete in the different existing vehicular networking systems. However, one solution to suit all purposes has not been determined. While vehicle-to-infrastructure communication methods, such as standardized GPRS, HSPA, and LTE are currently used, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside units are more or less under construction. In addition to connections to server/traffic centers, connections to local sensors and traffic signs are needed to obtain actual local information in changing environments. In this paper, we describe the results of tests using wireless sensor network (WSN) radios of different kinds to communicate with moving vehicles. Our aim is to provide measured background information about different kinds of vehicular networking methodologies in order to find an optimal solution for different kinds of usage scenarios. © 2015 -IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. Source

Jamsa J.,Centria University of Applied Sciences
5th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, CogInfoCom 2014 - Proceedings

Cognitive infocommunication plays a key role in intelligent traffic systems. Situational awareness and information delivery are key factors that support a driver in making correct decisions in everyday driving conditions. When a driver does not feel relaxed or comfortable, these factors are even more crucial. This paper introduces Centria University's research work on this important topic of how to improve a driver's ability to react to a changing environment by using cognitive visualization systems over different communication channels. © 2014 IEEE. Source

Pieska S.,Centria University of Applied Sciences | Kaarela J.,Centria University of Applied Sciences | Luimula M.,Turku University of Applied Sciences
Intelligent Decision Technologies

In this paper, we present our approach and experiences for enhancing innovations and innovation capability with cognitive infocommunications. The experiences are gathered in collaborative applied research projects between the enterprises and the research team. Our model also integrates applied research and education. It contains technology expertise and business knowledge with collaboration involving the enterprises, the research personnel and educational personnel. The model emphasizes to proactively take into account the needs of current and future customers. The research approach has been found beneficial both sides: innovation capability has increased remarkably in both partners. The collaborative applied research projects have produced tens of new business opportunities and many of them have already been used in the enterprises. Cognitive infocommunications has a remarkable role in many of these innovations. The developed concept is planned to be extended to wider users in the future via gamification where use, design, elements and characteristics for computer games are used in non-game contexts. © 2015 -IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. Source

Jamsa J.,Centria University of Applied Sciences | Pieska S.,Centria University of Applied Sciences | Luimula M.,Turku University of Applied Sciences
Infocommunications Journal

Inter-cognitive communication plays a key role in the development of engineering applications where natural and artificial cognitive systems should work together efficiently. Situation-awareness is essential in that cooperation. The focus of this study is to report our experiences and applications of situation-aware robots and transporters. Industrial robots are an important part of production in several fields of industry. Mobile robots and wheeled transporters, such as forklift trucks, will be key elements in the future in material handling and transporting tasks in production and in warehouses. In addition, robots will also play key roles in wellness services in response to the aging population. Situation-awareness, and especially location-awareness, is essential in the development of efficient human-robot interaction. In the future, cognitive communication processes between operators and intelligent transporters may benefit from many features developed for intelligent traffic systems. We also present our experiences from the development of a situation-aware traffic system. Source

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