OASIS hosts various talks on academic and non-academic topics. These talks are always free and open to everyone.
Our current talk series is called OASIS Lunchtime Talks and you can find the schedule and information about the talks below.
In addition to this curated series, the page highlights other types of OASIS Talks, past and yet to come.
OASIS LUNCHTIME TALKS - SPRING 2023
OASIS Lunchtime Talks is a series of lectures on current research by fascinating scholars from near and far.
The talks are usually held on Thursdays during lunch hour (12.00 - 13.00 or 12 PM to 1PM).
The lecture series was created by Olli Sotamaa and the current series of OASIS Lunchtime Talks is curated by Heikki Tyni and Jaakko Stenros, and produced by Mikko Seppänen and Elisa Wiik.
Thursday - February 2nd
From Research to Development - A Transit King Story
This lunch time talk discusses personal transition from games research into game development. Janne Paavilainen worked as a games researcher for 15 years until grabbing an opportunity to work as a UI/UX designer at BON Games. Working on the Transit King Tycoon mobile game, Janne moved into Design Lead and eventually Product Owner role. In this talk Janne discusses the similarities and differences in research and development, and also lessons learned from the dark side. The talk covers many practical topics from day-to-day (remote) operations to strategic planning, data driven design, user experience research etc.
Janne Paavilainen (Msc Econ) is a Finnish games researcher and game developer. During his 15 year academic career in Agora Gamelab (JYU) and Games Research Lab (TUNI) Janne studied free-to-play mobile, casual, and social games. His research interests are in game design, playability, and player experience. Janne has studied hybrid and location-based games, focusing on Pokémon GO. For the last 3½ years Janne worked at BON Games on the mobile title Transit King Tycoon in various roles. Currently Janne is freelancing as a consultant and lecturer for both academia and games industry. His PhD thesis on Facebook games should be finished sooner rather than later.