The FINISHED Doctoral Thesis project

Liisa Kuparinen, personal home page (in Finnish)
PhD, M.Sc.(Econ.)
UX Designer, UX researcher, usability specialist

liisa.kuparinen at iki . fi
Jyväskylä, Finland
+358 (0)44 373 7425

Page content hasn't been updated since 2015 (except contact information and education - which has been PhD since 11/2016)

Research interests:

  • mobile maps
  • location based services (LBS)
  • spatial cognition, cognitive maps
  • support for user's self-locating and orientation in map services
  • merging multimodal elements to mobile maps
  • impact of personally important content for the navigation user experience
  • augmented reality (AR) in mobile maps
  • implementing the research methods of mobile maps


  • To develop cognitively relevant guidelines for improving the user experience of mobile map services
  • To define the main components of the map services to support the user in the perception of space
  • To develop the user-centered research methods of the map services
    • e.g. improving the usability heuristics and adapting eye-tracking techniques for map services
  • -> To be able to define the essential design guidelines also for the innovative map-related services of the future


  • Evaluating the current map services
  • Testing new design solutions
  • Testing the current user-centered research methods, defining the deficiencies of them and iteratively implementing improvements to match the needs better
  • Defining the user's navigation strategies by user field tests
--> Applying gathered information from the empirical research and from the current theories to define the strong design solutions and usability requirements for the mobile map services


  • usability testing with users
  • expert evaluation
  • eye-tracking
  • heuristic usability evaluation
  • service prototyping and iterative development
  • interviews and surveys


  • Graduate School in User-Centered Information Technology UCIT 2010-2013
  • The Nokia Foundation scholarship 2010, 2013
  • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Jyväskylä 4-12/2009, 1-6/2014, 5-7/2016 (partly external funding)
  • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä: projects Theseus (5-9/08), Connet (3/08-3/09) and INTO (10/08-3/09) 3/2008-3/2009

Research diary

  • Happy Usability Day, World! The World Usability Day ( is again today. SIGCHI Finland has organized this year's WUD-seminar ( in Tampere. The theme is same as ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 3:59 AM by Liisa Kuparinen
  • Paikkatietomarkkinat 2012 Yesterday I participated Paikkatietomarkkinat (LBS event) in Helsinki. I'll try to write about that later - because now I'm already in Tampere and listening SIGCHI Finland's WUD event ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 2:17 AM by Liisa Kuparinen
  • Maps4Finland workshop Today in Helsinki participating the Maps4Finland workshop of Apps4Finland ("doing good with open data" as their slogan). At first Olli Rinne is telling us about his project --- And ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2012, 6:50 AM by Liisa Kuparinen
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Usability perspectives for the design of interactive maps Nivala A-M  
Mobile Three-Dimensional City Maps Nurminen A. technical view 
The identity crisis within the IS discipline: defining and communicating the discipline's core properties Benbasat & Zmud trying to define the "right" content of articles of IS discipline(?) 
On peer review standards for the information systems literature Davison et al. guidelines for and basic information of peer reviewing 
Becoming engaged with conferences: reputations and networks Avison et al. explaining the basic terms and roles of conferences 
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Online Cartographic Journals Nice listing of cartographic journals 
4th Open Source Opportunities in GIS Summer School Summer school I took part in July 2013 
Scholarly Open Access Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing 
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