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Tampere Universities

MAGICS is a joint effort of three Finnish universities: Aalto University, University of Arts Helsinki and Tampere University. The universities form a network of infrastructures to accelerate research into virtualization of humans and their surroundings, specifically applied to immersive and naturalistic remote presence. 


MAGICS is both a physical and virtual infrastructure distributed to different campuses. Every consortium member hosts one or more physical MAGICS nodes on their campuses. In Tampere University, the nodes are hosted by CIVIT (Centre for Immersive Visual Technologies) at Hervanta Campus and TAUCHI (Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction) at the City Center Campus.


Within the consortium, CIVIT will accommodate a remote presence platform, which is composed of a new volumetric video capture studio. The volumetric capture studio will be used to develop and prototype new immersive presence capture technologies. In addition, CIVIT will further develop its immersive display studio with new holographic imaging capabilities. 

TAUCHI's role within MAGICS is to host a new remote presence shared spaces for extensive multiplayer/multiuser experimentations and testing them in the context of XR, gamification and e-sports. TAUCHI also accommodates an enhanced scent/haptics labs for developing interactive technologies.

Funding source

MAGICS has received a research infrastructure grant of €2.4 million from the Academy of Finland. You can find the funding decision here

Coordinating organisation

Aalto University, Tampere University and the University of the Arts Helsinki. 

Contact persons

Mikko Sams
Professor, Academic leader
Aalto University
mikko.sams [at]
Tel. +358 50 521 5739

Antti Ruotoistenmäki
Academic coordinator
Aalto Studios
antti.ruotoistenmaki [at]
Tel. +358 50 408 1651

Marcus Korhonen
Aalto Studios
marcus.korhonen [at]
Tel. +358 400 129 629

Juhani Tenhunen
International project coordination
Aalto Studios
juhani.tenhunen [at]
Tel. +358 50 518 4087

Atanas Gotchev
Professor, deputy director
Tampere University
atanas.gotchev [at]
Tel. +358 40 849 0733

Roope Raisamo
Professor, interactive technologies
Tampere University
roope.raisamo [at]
Tel. +358 50 570 2007

Poika Isokoski
TAUCHI staff scientist
Tampere University
poika.isokoski [at]
Tel. +358 40 190 1718

Riku Roihankorpi
University lecturer
Tampere University
riku.roihankorpi [at]
Tel. +358 40 750 0366

Matias Palo
Studio manager
Tampere University
matias.palo [at]
Tel. +358 40 190 4069

Jaana Erkkilä-Hill
Vice Rector
University of the Arts Helsinki
jaana.erkkila-hill [at]
+358 50 345 3128

Tero Heikkinen
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of the Arts Helsinki
tero.heikkinen [at]
Tel. +358 50 528 7127