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.

Upcoming seminars

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Using AI bias to mitigate poverty

Speaker: Georgina Curto
Assistant Research Professor
Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, University of Notre Dame.


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 minute talk, followed by Q&A and space for mingling and networking. The talks will be recorded for open access in the future.

You may subscribe to our mailing list to stay updated of our latest seminars and other events by sending a blank email to [email protected], following which you will get confirmation of your subscription.

In 2022, the seminars will be hosted monthly on Wednesdays. The sessions are hosted as hybrid events. Tea/coffee and cookies will be offered.

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 Ana Paula Gonzalez Torres, Antti Rannisto, and Uttishta Varanasi.

Past events

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Searching for Structure in Unfalsifiable Claims (external link)

Speaker: Serge Belongie
University of Copenhagen

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From Thought to Prompt: Cognitive Design Challenges in Human-LLM Interactions

Speaker: Hari Subramonyam
Research Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Education and Computer Science, Stanford University

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Life and Tech at the Edge: Refiguring Possible Futures

Speaker: Sarah Pink
Professor of Design and Emerging Technologies
Director, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University

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Theory-driven HCI

Speaker: Michel Beaudouin-Lafon
Professor of Computer Science, Classe Exceptionnelle, Université Paris-Saclay

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Applying Generative Theory to Human-Computer Partnerships

Speaker: Wendy Mackay
Research Director, Classe Exceptionnelle, Inria

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Demystifying Trust and Reliance on AI

Speaker: Arathi Sethumadhavan
Former Director of User Research, AI, Ethics and Society at Microsoft

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Towards Privacy-Preserving Natural Language Processing

Speaker: Ivan Habernal
Department of Computer Science
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

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Machine Habitus: Toward a Sociology of Algorithms

Speaker: Massimo Airoldi
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of Milan

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Toward an affirmative biopolitics: Reimagining biodata with feeling and fabulation

Speaker: Noura Howell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Georgia Tech

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Responsible AI: from principles to practice

Speaker: Virginia Dignum
Wallenberg Chair, Professor Responsible Artificial Intelligence
Program Director WASP-HS
Umeå University – Department of Computing Science

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Imagining communities with “intelligent” machines

Speaker: Katja Valaskivi
Associate Professor
Religion and the Digital World
University of Helsinki

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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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