Research to improve human and Artificial Intelligence interaction

Artificial intelligence is becoming an increasingly integral part of our daily lives. However, current AI systems are still too narrow in scope, often lacking social and emotional understanding, and their perception of reality is limited. At the University of Oulu, the strengths of humans in the digitalizing world, especially human-AI interaction, are being studied in an interdisciplinary manner within the Hybrid Intelligence (HI) research program. The research program will be officially unveiled at the 2nd Arctic AI Days at the University of Oulu on October 31st to November 1st, 2023.
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Part of the Profi7 research initiative funded by the Academy of Finland, this program aims to advance understanding and collaborative learning between humans and machines in a human-centric manner. HI research connects the University of Oulu's expertise in affective computing, learning processes, and observation technology to the development of AI-based solutions, such as in education and healthcare.

The strengths of both humans and AI are ethically and responsibly harnessed in this research. The research environment utilizes the diverse research infrastructure of the University of Oulu, including the LeaF research infrastructure.

"In the HI research program, we bring together the University of Oulu's interdisciplinary expertise to develop future human-centric AI solutions and thereby strengthen people's competence in various aspects of life," says the program's director, Professor Sanna Järvelä.

"We also aim to expand the possibilities of hybrid intelligence research and application into the metaverse and explore how it can enhance human competence and enrich interaction," Järvelä continues. The metaverse is a three-dimensional version of the internet, consisting of persistent and shared 3D virtual spaces linked to a common interactive and social virtual reality in which people can interact together.

Research themes include the development of data processing and computing technologies that facilitate communication between humans and machines, the study of learning and interaction processes that help develop AI systems that enhance human intelligence, the creation of methods for expanding and transforming human perceptions in digital spaces and realities, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, and the investigation of the impact on quality of life, i.e., how hybrid intelligence can improve human learning, health, and well-being.

The HI research program has strong international networks that drive innovation in human-machine interaction, understanding improvement, and learning.

The 2nd Arctic AI Days will feature a comprehensive presentation of research in the field conducted at the University of Oulu. The event will be attended by all of our focus institutes: Infotech, Eudaimonia, Biocenter, and Kvantum. The content will cover topics related to humans, machines, signal processing, computing, health applications, environmental themes, and opportunities related to the metaverse.

Speakers at the event will include, among others, Professor Catholijn Jonker from Delft and Leiden Universities and Professor Koen Hindriks from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, who is associated with the Hybrid Intelligence Center. One of the keynote speakers will be Professor Steven LaValle, an expert in robotics and virtual technology at the University of Oulu.

The leadership team of the University of Oulu's Hybrid Intelligence research program will visit the Netherlands' Hybrid Intelligence Center in October with the goal of initiating research collaboration.

Arctic AI Days

Hybrid Intelligence: Human-AI Co-evolution and Learning in Multi-realities (HI)

12 million euros from the Academy of Finland to strengthen the research profile areas at the University of Oulu

Academy of Finland grants funding to reinforce university research profiles

Last updated: 28.9.2023