Ilpo Koskinen specialised in design research, where his main interests have been in mobile multimedia, social interaction, and methodology. Usually interested in emerging ideas, his work concentrates on the avant-garde end of technology and methodology. He is professor, but he also functions as an editor. Most recently he has been creating very large design courses.

His main areas of expertise are:

  • Research methods especially qualitative, empathic, and constructive
  • Consumer studies especially studies of design when it enters everyday live
  • Mobile multimedia especially visual means of communication
  • Information technology especially co-experience and proactive technology

In addition, he has studied formal organisations, design in urban space, education and sustainability, and world design. Lately his writing has been mainly critical.