Lily Díaz-Kommonen (a.k.a Lily Díaz) is professor in new media at Aalto University, School of Design, Art and Architecture. Since 1998, she leads the Systems of Representation research group that works in areas such as visualization and virtual reality for culture and heritage. She is the head of research at the department of media. Since 2004 she has supervised and tutored at least twelve doctoral dissertations in topics such as scriptwriting and the representation of history in cinema; museum as agonistic space for political expression; developing digital archives for textile art; and design for information visualization.
She has published over eighty articles in selected peer-reviewed journals and conferences, as well as four books: Art, Fact, and Artifact Production. Design Research and Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Ilmari Publications, 2002 (dissertation); Digital Culture and E-Tourism: Technologies, Applications and Management Approaches, IGI Publishers, 2010; Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture, Routledge, 2016; and Adaptation and Convergence of Media – High Culture Intermediality versus Low Culture Intermediality, Aalto ARTS Books 2018. She is currently on the editorial board of Journal of Visual Arts Practices (Taylor Francis) and associate editor for She-Ji. The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation (Elsevier).
She is an active researcher and artist-designer working in international research projects such as Creative Europe project, Beyond Matter – Heritage at Verge of Virtual Reality.
Some of the artistic research and design projects she has realized include the Digital Facsimile of the Map of Mexico 1550 (1st prize in the International Competition on Digital Storytelling organized by Art Center Nabi in Seoul, South Korea) the interactive virtual reality installation and film documentary of the Finnish Pavilion at the 1900 World Fair in Paris; the Vrouw Maria Interactive 3D Virtual Simulation (Special Mention of the Jury in the 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra Awards); and Interactive Diorama – Rembrandt, 1632 which premiered at Ars Electronica 2017. For her work with cultural heritage, she was made First Class Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland in 2017.