Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI)


Description of impact

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is bringing disruptive transformations to all societies in the very short-term future. AI is also strongly in the political agenda of Finland as Prime Minister Juha Sipilä wants to make Finland world leader in artificial intelligence, and actions of Finland’s AI programme (with Prof. Samuel Kaski of implemented. The society needs to understand AI and its impact, and to have access to practical tools for utilizing it. Therefore, high-level education and research in AI, and close contact between academia and both private and public Aalto Department of Computer Science (CS) in the steering group) are being sectors, are crucial for fulfilling the needs of both companies and society as a whole.

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) is a joint effort of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki to boost and extend AI research and its
applications. It builds on our strong track record in the AI field that has already produced significant impact to society in the following three areas: 1) Educating skilled professionals: With our strong AI curriculum, our alumni have taken positions as experts and executives fulfilling the growing need for AI professionals in the public and private sectors as well as in academia. 2) Companies: There is direct impact stemming from research since the distance
between AI research and products is short and research results are straightforwardly applicable in companies and society. Our work has resulted in
several spinoff companies, and researchers also collaborate actively with existing companies in research projects. We have organised matchmaking events to create new connections between companies, academia and the public sector. 3) Community, communications, public discussion, policy making: Our researchers are actively involved in developing several open-source software platforms utilizing AI methods. Our AI research has received media attention, and we participate in both public discussion and policy making in the field.