Dr. Leinonen is a Associate Professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Leinonen has been a visiting researcher at the SRI International in California and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. Furthermore, he has been a visiting professor at the National University of Colombia in Bogota.
Dr. Leinonen has been the principle investigator in several EU FP research projects and in number of other major research project funded by Finnish Innovation Fund, UNESCO, Nordic Council of Ministers and Nokia.
Dr. Leinonen’s area of expertise is technology enhanced learning and new media design; especially related to applications, solutions and services of (and for) e-learning, collaborative learning, collaborative group work, creative work and art and design practices. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles, over 40 non-refereed articles, 2 books and over 20 published so ware prototypes, web services and applications.
In 1997 Leinonen was the recipient of the Innovative Education Application Award of the TeleCom Finland and 1999 he and his team, together with a researcher team from the University of Helsinki, were awarded the Education Technology Award of the University of Helsinki. In 2012 his research group was awarded the Apps4Learnig Award of the Interactive Technology in Education Conference for the best educational application.