University of Oulu is the Finnish Lead Partner in this Interreg IV A Nord Program project, coordinated by the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. The activities in the work package “NIMO Service pilot 3D Internet” will be managed by the Media Team Oulu.

The objective is to design and implement an open standard 3D virtual model of downtown Oulu including outdoor modeling of a limited number of city blocks and indoor modeling of selected key buildings. In addition, a pervasive game utilizing the emerging 3D virtual model will be created. The game is intended for youth and it will build on the local pervasive computing resources such as the UBI-hotspots and the panOULU WLAN network.

Virtual worlds, accessible via open APIs, transgress the boundaries between physical and virtual worlds, so that interaction events taking place in the physical world can be projected in real-time into the virtual world and vice versa.

The emerging virtual model provides new innovative ways for combining the real world urban space and the game world. Embodiment and participation can be distributed with an application across physical and virtual spaces seamlessly.

Selected publications

Alatalo T, Kuusela E, Puuperä R & Ojala T (2013)
Comparative API complexity analysis of two platforms for networked multiplayer games using a reference game.
Proc. 3rd International Workshop on Games and Software Engineering (GAS 2013), San Francisco, CA, USA, 44-50.
Abstract  Full paper (PDF)

Alavesa P & Zanni D (2013)
Combining storytelling tradition and pervasive gaming.
5th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications (VS-Games 2013), Bournemouth, UK, 130-134.

Zanni D, Alatalo T, Goncalves J, Ojala T & Arhippainen L (2013)
Porting a 3D tablet interface onto a wall-sized display.
CHI 2013 workshop POWERWALL - International Workshop on Interactive, Ultra-High-Resolution Displays, Paris, France
Abstract  Full paper (PDF)

Alakärppä I, Hosio S & Jaakkola E (2012)
SNS as a platform of the activity monitoring system for the elderly.
Proc. International Workshop on Advances in Personalized Healthcare Services, Wearable Mobile Monitoring, and Social Media Pervasive Technologies (APHS 2012), Paris, France.
Abstract  Full paper (PDF)

Financiers and Business Partners

Business Oulu
European Regional Development Fund Interreg IV A Nord Program
Regional Council of Lapland
Länsstyrelsen i Norrbotten
OBP Research

Research Cooperation

University of Lapland
Luleå University of Technology

Project Director

Timo Ojala

Project Manager

Marika Leskelä

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