Department of Computer Science

Critical AI & Crisis Interrogatives (CRAI-CIS) Seminar

Monthly dialogues and critical perspectives on artificial intelligence, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), participatory design, and crisis-related research for societal impact.
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Upcoming seminars

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What do pre-trained language models learn about you?

Speaker: Rochelle Choenni
PhD candidate at University of Amsterdam, Institute for Logic Language and Computation (ILLC)


About the Seminars

The CRAI-CIS* Seminars engage emerging work across critical AI, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), participatory design, and crisis-related research. The seminars seek to invoke dialogues on how computational, human-centred, and social sciences perspectives can offer new insights and methods for inclusive approaches and critical inquiry with societal impact.

Each event features invited speakers who share distinct perspectives, ongoing research, methods, and challenges for future work in a 45 minutetalk, followed by Q&A and space for mingling and networking. The talks will be recorded for open access in the future.

In 2022, the seminars will be hosted monthly on Wednesdays 13:30 - 15:00 from February 9th. The sessions are hosted online for the time being and you can access them with this Zoom linkWhen the situation permits, the talks will be hosted as hybrid events (in-person and online) in the Aalto Computer Science building (Konemiehentie 2). Tea/coffee and cookies will be offered. Please register for the seminars you wish to attend in-person or online.

The CRAI-CIS seminar is supported by the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT)

*CRAI-CIS stands for CRitical AI and Crisis Interrogatives. The CRAI-CIS Research Group is led by Prof. Nitin Sawhney in the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University. The CRAI-CIS seminars are hosted by Karolina Drobotowicz and Henna Paakki, doctoral researchers at Aalto University.

Past events

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How to make the most of machines?

Speaker: Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki

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Power dynamics and emotions in building data technologies

Speaker: Marta Choroszewicz, DSocSci, Docent in sociology, University of Eastern Finland

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Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI (external link)

International research hub for artificial intelligence


Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (external link)

Collaborative institute for research on information technology.

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