Aalto and University of Helsinki researchers among Skolar 2018 finalists

Skolar finalists. Amber Geurts from Aalto University second from left in the upper row; Elina Marttinen from the University of Helsinki first from left on the lower row. © Skolar 2018

Amber Geurts from Aalto University and Elina Marttinen from the University of Helsinki are among the eight finalists competing for the 2018 Skolar Award. In collaboration with Slush, a EUR100k prize will be awarded after a pitching competition

Amber’s project will challenge the limited ways AI is visualised and how that blinkered view may restrict scientific and public perceptions of AI, thus limiting its potential in society. She plans to bring computer scientists and graphic designers together to create new images of AI. By studying the process and the outcomes, Amber will simultaneously explore how emerging technologies are constructed, shaped, and understood to inform public discourse and unleash AI’s potential.

Elina, in turn, is a researcher and psychologist, whose research idea is to explore the factors affecting young people’s identity building. Marttinen wants to research the formation of youth’s identity and find out why the youngsters in Finland are so lost.

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