Pilot case


Creating a deep learning experience for key aspects in the wood science field though novel interactive and engaging graphs.
An illutration of an axe cutting wood.

Pilot leader

Lauri Rautkari


School of Chemical Engineering


Jul 2020 – Dec 2020


Using modern interactive graphics and animations, single stand-alone tools will be developed, which can be implemented on webpages and online courses for all kinds of purposes. This will enable the possibility to use the material interdisciplinary in many areas within Aalto, but also outside of the university environment. We also want to use the material for students within the wood science field, but it is mainly intended to reach out to users from different fields that are using wood and its components but have no strong background in wood science.

Platforms and tools

Blender will be used for 3D animations; Flourish, plotly, and bokeh will be tested for interactive graphs. Further Adobe animate will be used for simple interactive graphs.

Pedagogical methods

By giving the user the change to discover the phenomena in an interactive visual way, using their own pace, we think that this will enhance the understanding of the topic. We want to use the curiosity of the user to enable a learning approach that facilitates deep learning.

Involved courses

We will create stand alone interactive graphs or animations within different aspects in wood science. The material will be available for other courses or platforms.

These are two examples that are planned within the pilot: A 3D wood piece that can be manipulated and therefore seen from all sides and angles. The user can zoom into specific areas and also zoom from centimeter level down to nano structures of the cell wall. Being able to see how all of these structures are intercorrelated will enhance the understanding why the cell wall architecture influences the mechanical and dimensional properties of wood.

Or an interactive graphs using sorption isotherms of wood. The user can choose how the wood should be modify and will then be able to see directly how this is changing its sorption behavior. The user can compare different modifications in different intensities and discover all these phenomena in her or his own pace.


Lauri Rautkari
School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Wood Material Science and Technology
Pilot leader

Daniela Altgen
School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Wood Material Science and Technology
Researcher, Designer

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