Autotelic Interaction Research
Being rewarding in and of themselves, autotelic (gr. autos - self, telos - end/goal) behaviours are key to lifelong cognitive development, underlie many forms of play and creativity, and have been linked to human well-being. We combine computational modelling, theoretical work and empirical Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) studies to understand, reproduce and foster autotelic behaviour. We approach this as an interdisciplinary team, bridging between AI, HCI, and Cognitive Science, as well as various application domains such as Videogames and Design. Our research contributes to the development of more adaptive, creative, playful and open-ended AI; aims to foster richer and more meaningful interaction through insights into human-AI goal alignment; and yields artefacts and methods contributing to peoples’ autotelic activities. Some examples of our research:
- Computational models of intrinsic motivation
- Minimal models of creative cognition
- Methods for next-generation videogame AI
- User studies to support the sustainable adoption of co-creative AI
Meet the Group
- Natalya Weber (Doctoral Resarcher, Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology)
Master Thesis Students
- Veera Vimpari (MSc.)
- Inan Evin (MSc.)
- Ville Kopio (MSc.)
- Xuehao Zhang (MSc.)
- Susanna Värtinen (MSc.)
- Antti Mäkipää (MSc.)
- Niki Pennanen
Come work with us!
We’re always interested in meeting curious, smart and ambitious people to work with. If you would like to do a Research Visit/Postdoc/PhD or your MSc thesis with us, please send an email to Christian with:
Your study transcript incl. grades and scale;
CV incl. examples of previous work;
Short motivation incl. the research questions that excite you most, and how they connect with our work specifically.
Unfortunately, we do not have time to respond to requests that do not include these materials.
We also encourage you to check out Postdoc/PhD positions in our group advertised through the FCAI/HIIT bi-annual calls. If you are still looking for an inspiring MSc thesis topic, please also check out our current MSc topic offerings on the Aalto CS Wiki.