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STEAM-ed Finland 2017
Artificial Intelligence in Learning, Art and Society

December 15-16, 2017


Participation in the event is FREE! No registration is needed!

The integrated approach of Science-, Technology-, Engineering-, Arts- and Mathematics learning–known as STEAM–is becoming increasingly important worldwide. The development of creative ecosystems, in line with collaborative and inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary problem-solving skills, which support today’s people to discover unexpected connections between different aspects of various complex phenomena, is not only an effective tool, but one of the most important goals of today’s learning societies. New technologies, systems (based on the integration of e.g. AI, augmented, mixed and virtual reality with other smart learning technologies) and open platforms (based on e.g. Internet of Things ) are under development to provide smart solutions for personalized learning styles and needs.

At the 'STEAM-ed FINLAND' conferences, started in 2017, we aim to discuss the role and opportunities of new technologies can offer for such experience- and discovery-oriented learning environments.


December 15, 2017



9.00-9.30 REGISTRATION (coffee and tea)

9.30-9.40 OPENING

9.40-10.10 Presentation of the IT Faculty and Some Views on AI Empowered Digital School Architecture
by PROF. PEKKA NEITTAANMÄKI, Dean of Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä
Professor Pekka Neittaanmäki is the Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology of the University of Jyväskylä. He was instrumental in the founding of the faculty in its present form. He is the author or co-author of 16 monographs and 300+ scientific papers. He has supervised 100+ doctoral theses.

10.10-10.50 Artificial Intelligence as First-Order Prosthetic: Implications for Art and Creativity
by S. M. AMADAE, Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science in the University of Helsinki’s Dept. of Political and Economic Science; Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
S.M. Amadae holds the positions of Senior Research Fellow in the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Science at the University of Helsinki, Associate Professor of International Political Economy at Swansea University, and Research Affiliate in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Amadae is a political theorist working on questions of human freedom against the historical background of liberalism, republicanism, realism and neoliberalism. Current research addresses the increasing use of algorithmic governance to regulate social systems, and the implications of hybrid human-artificially intelligent actors for enhancing human freedom and wellbeing. This research examines computational models for rationality and communication. Amadae’s recent book Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (Cambridge University Press 2016) distinguishes liberal from neoliberal institutions in democracy and markets, and questions whether strategic rationality is sufficient to understand the social practices vital to civil society. This work builds on the award-winning Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: The Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (University of Chicago Press 2003). Amadae has published articles in Economics and Philosophy, Journal of Economic Methodology, History of European Ideas, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Ethics and held positions at the London School of Economics, Cambridge University, the New School, Ohio State University and Harvard University.

10.50-11.00 SHORT BREAK

11.00-11.40 Video Content Creation by Artificial Intelligence
by Prof. GEUN-SIK JO, Inha University, Korea
Dr. Geun-Sik Jo holds a PhD in Computer Science, earned at The Graduate Center/CUNY, USA. He is a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, Inha University, Korea since 1991. Director of AI Content Creation Research Center, a Korean Government Sponsored Program: http://ailab.inha.ac.kr/xe2/ Chairman of SIG AI / Korean Artificial Intelligence Society; CEO and Founder of Augmented Knowledge Corp.
Web: www.augmentedk.com

11.40-13.00 LUNCH


13.00-13.40 Scaling the Education with AI

Harri Ketamo, Ph.D., independent researcher and start-up entrepreneur. Currently he is founder & chairperson at HeadAI, a company developing natural language based cognitive artificial intelligence. For harnessing capabilities for identifying expertise using artificial intelligence, Headai recently won the prestigious Sitra's Ratkaisu 100 Challenge prize of 500,000 euros. Ketamo is also an advisor for Edunation (higher education), BrainQuake (serious games) and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. Furthermore, he is actively participating in academic research as an adjunct professor at Tampere University of Technology and as a senior fellow at University of Turku. Previously he has been e.g. Academy of Finland -granted post-doc researcher, founder of gameMiner ltd (gameAI & data mining) and SkillPixels ltd (serious games). He is awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2017.

Web: http://www.headai.com/

13.40-14.10 Towards Smart School
by LEENA HILTUNEN, KATI CLEMENTS & TIINA MÄKELÄ, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä

Presentation available: https://urly.fi/Sb1
Dr. Leena Hiltunen (PhD in Educational Technology, 2010) is a university teacher at the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä. She has worked in Computer Science teacher education since 2001. Her research interests are on online learning design, pedagogical innovations using ICT in education, in-service training and continuing education for teachers on the field, and teaching computational thinking and programming in basic education.

Dr. Kati Clements (PhD in Information Systems Science) is a post-doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä. She has worked in various European and global (specifically China-oriented) projects in the field of Learning Technologies and Open Education since 2005. Clements is coordinating new Horizon2020 project for innovative procurement of Learning Technologies. Clements’s PhD dissertation topic was Quality assurance of Open Educational Resources Repositories. Currently, her main research fields are innovative future learning solutions, Learning analytics, ICT in education and Value Co-Creation.

Tiina Mäkelä (PhD in Education expected in January 2018) works as a researcher of innovative learning environments research field at the University of Jyväskylä. Mäkelä has participated in several national and international projects in which personal, social, physical, and/or virtual learning environments have been co-designed with various stakeholders. One of the current projects she works is a Horizon 2020 funded Stimey (Science, Technology, Innovation, Mathematics, and Engineering for the Young) project aiming at raising young people's interest in STEM studies and careers by means of a hybrid learning environment.

14.10-14.40 Making the Invisible Observable: Learning Abstract Phenomenon in a Concrete Way by Augmented Reality
by Prof. HANNU SALMI, University of Helsinki
Professor Hannu Salmi works as Research Director in the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences, and earlier as Professor of Science Communication in Sweden. He has been working as Director of Research and Development in Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre with wide experience of more than 30 EU-funded projects. He has also been the member of the EU-DG Research Advisory Board of the Science Education. In 2017 Prof. Salmi has been the expert member in The Global Network of Science Academies Committee for Climate Change and Science Education. His main research areas are informal learning, motivation, and Augmented Reality.

14.40-15.10 Learning Analytics for PISA data
by MIRKA SAARELA & SANNA JUUTINEN, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä
Mirka Saarela is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä. She recently (June 2017) defended her doctoral dissertation, a compilation of ten articles published in international journals and conferences. In these articles, she analyzed sparse and large-scale Finnish educational data, mainly originating from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) using machine learning techniques. In her current research, she uses these techniques not only for educational but also healthcare and social data. Before switching to the academia, she worked as Software Architect for Tomorrow Focus.

Sanna Juutinen is a University Teacher in Educational Technology at the Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Science. Her main research area has been e-learning and the latest area of interest is the PISA data analysis.

15.10-15.30 BREAK (coffee and tea)

15.30-16.00 Personalized Learning Environments
by MARIIA GAVRIUSHENKO, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä
Mariia Gavriushenko is a PhD student at the University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Information Technology. She was born 25.09.1989, Kharkiv, Ukraine. From 2006 until 2011 she studied at Kharkiv National University of Radio and Electronics, Kharkiv, Ukraine. Specialty: Intelligent Decision Support Systems. From 2011 until 2013 she studied Mobile Technology and Business at University of Jyväskylä. Her main research interests are personalized learning environments, decision support systems, and qualitative learning solutions.

16.00-16.30 GraphoLearn: An adaptive learning method for learning to read
by Prof. ULLA RICHARDSON, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä
Ulla Richardson is a professor of technology-enhanced language learning in the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, an adjunct Professor of Experimental Psycholinguistics (JYU), head of the Secretariat of GraphoWORLD Network of Excellence (info.grapholearn.com), and a part of UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All (https://agoracenter.jyu.fi/projects/unesco-chair). Her research falls into literacy development, dyslexia research, speech processing as well as evidence-based technology in language learning. She leads a multidisciplinary team who has developed the evidence based GraphoLearn learning environment for more than 25 languages to support learners in developing their reading skills.

December 16, 2017

9.30-10.00 Artificial Intelligence Forces Us to Change Mathematics Education
by MAARIT ROSSI, mathematics teacher and education expert, top 10 finalist in Global Teacher Prize 2016
Mrs. Maarit Rossi is a math teacher, CEO of Paths to Math Ltd and she has also been working as a principal. She is an author of nine math textbooks, several pedagogic articles and publications. She has done an e-Learning math material for the grades 6 to 9. She has been running many international projects in co-operation with Finnish industry and in her school. She was one of the top 10 finalists in Global Teacher Prize 2016. She was one of the judges of Global Teacher Prize Academy 2017, and one of the Top Teacher Bloggers in The Global Search for Education authored by C M Rubin (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/the-global-search-for-education/). She is contributor for Mathematics in the Teach Middle East Magazine (http://teachmiddleeastmag.com/), India’s no. 1 Educational Magazine (www.brainfeedmagazine.com) and Finnish math teachers’ magazine Dimensio.
You can reach Maarit Rossi at her websites: www.pathstomath.com, www.inspirationalmath.com Facebook: Paths to Math – Maarit Rossi and twitter: @pathstomath

10.00-10.40 The Truth of Machine Learning
by Prof. DAVID WEINBERGER, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
In books, articles, posts, classes, and talks, David Weinberger, Ph.D. explores the effect of the technology on ideas. He is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and was recently co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and a journalism fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center. Dr. Weinberger has been a marketing VP and adviser to high tech companies, an adviser to several presidential campaigns, and a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department. He has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Web: https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/dweinberger

10.40-11.00 Closing Discussion

More information: Kristóf Fenyvesi, Osmo Pekonen, and Raine Koskimaa. E-mail: 

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