Laura Kohonen-Aho

Laura Kohonen-Aho

D. Sc. (Tech)

Postdoctoral Researcher


I work as a postdoctoral researcher in the iTask project within the COACT research group. My research focuses on computer-mediated social interaction and distributed collaboration in the increasingly complex and evolving communication environments, such as 3D virtual worlds and virtual reality (VR). I am interested in the structures and social dynamics in technology-mediated interaction, especially the organization of talk and construction of messages, socio-emotional processes, and the role of embodiment.

Research interests

  • multimodal conversation analysis
  • video analysis
  • mediated social interaction
  • distributed teamwork
  • digital collaboration
  • copresence and embodiment in virtual worlds
  • embodied participation in multi-user virtual reality (VR)


Kohonen-Aho, L. & Tiilikainen, S. (2017). Constructing shared context for temporary teams in virtual worlds with informal interaction. In Proceedings of ICIS 2017 - International Conference on Information Systems, Seoul, South Korea, December 10–13, 2017.

Kohonen-Aho, L., & Alin, P. (2016). A processual view on social presence emergence in Virtual Worlds. In Proceedings of HICSS-49 - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, HI, January 5–8, 2016.

Kohonen-Aho, L. & Alin, P. (2015). Introducing a video-based strategy for theorizing social presence emergence in 3D virtual environments. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 24(2).

Research groups

  • iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking
  • COACT (Complexity of (inter)action and multimodal participation)