Suggested literature for UIAH Media Lab doctoral students

26th of February, 1999

The are very many potentially relevant research points of view on new media. Therefore, it may not be fruitful to list a collection of books and articles that all the researchers in the new media should be familiar with. However, the following books have been considered to be so central to the approach adopted in the UIAH Media Lab that they are strongly recommended.

Choosing the literature

The research in new media is an emerging area. Related to this fact and even more generally, below some alternatives are listed that may be taken into account when selecting, for instance, which books to include in each doctoral student's curriculum.

"How many credit points per book?"

There is no clear rule of thumb to determine how many credits each book would correspond. Each case should be considered individually taking into account the breadth, depth and form of the study. Writing a critical review of a relevant book in a journal can be considered to be more valuable than writing a short summary of the book only for the supervising professor.

Other similar activities are also recommended. Each student is advised to keep a diary of the relevant research-related activities and discuss about the potential inclusion of them in the formal studies. One example is participating in doctoral defenses or high quality new media art exhibitions and, importantly, writing a summary of the participation in order to document it properly. A mere description may not be sufficient: rather a reflective account that shows the writer's own position and conceptual thinking in the issue under consideration.

Prof. Tarkka's recommendations

Note! These books relate on the one hand to media design and culture and on the other, to aesthetic and social aspects of digital media. Due to its focus, the list excludes important but more general works in philosophy, social and cultural theory.

Prof. Honkela's recommendations

The following books and articles are recommended by Timo Honkela. The recommendations are related to rather specific interest areas among which Prof. Honkela is able to provide the strongest support (e.g., applications of neural and evolutionary computation, natural language processing, learning and intelligent systems, pragmatics and computer-aided interaction, and cognitive modeling, human-centered information systems design).

In addition, articles of the following researchers are recommended. Details to be confirmed with Prof. Timo Honkela.

In request, also any of the articles by Prof. Timo Honkela ( ) can be included in the study programme.

Additional collections

The collection by Philip E. Agre contains references among which the students may find publications that are relevant for them. See below and

UIAH Media Lab, Minna Tarkka and Timo Honkela, 26.2.1999