Human-Centred AI for social sustainability: Design qualities and future directions

Visiting academic guest talk with Professor Kaisa Väänänen – Tampere University, Finland

Applications of Artificial Intelligence are entering all areas of society. While research and development in AI technologies have taken major leaps, understanding the human perspective of AI is still in its early stages.

In my talk I will focus on how AI’s qualities, such as proactivity, data-drivenness, and human-AI collaboration can be used to advance social sustainability. I will explore AI’s design potential through several research examples. My talk will also suggest future directions for research and practice of human-centred AI. I hope to engage the audience in the discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of AI in the broad context of sustainable development.

About the guest speaker

Prof Kaisa Väänänen is a QUT visiting fellow in the DMRC as part of the Digital Inclusion program from September 11th to December 1st, 2023.

Kaisa is a full professor of Human-Technology Interaction in Tampere University, Finland, where she leads the research group of Human-Centred Technology in the unit of Computing Sciences. Kaisa has three decades of experience of interdisciplinary HTI research both in industry and academia. She is currently focusing on Human-Centred AI design and sustainable development supported by digital solutions.

Kaisa was the general co-chair of CHI 2023 conference. In 2022, she was selected as an ACM Distinguished Member for her long-standing contribution to the field of computing.

In her talk at QUT on October 10th, 2023, Kaisa will address the human side of AI development, with the focus of how social sustainability could be advanced with AI’s capabilities. During her stay at DMRC, she is eager to engage in discussions with everyone who has interest in related or complementary topics.


Register here


Location: Education Precinct Function Room - E-550, 5th floor E block, Kelvin Grove Campus [link to map]
Start Date: 10/10/2023 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 11:00am
End Date: 10/10/2023
End Time: 1pm
RSVP By: Tuesday 3rd of October 2023
Cost: Nil
Organiser: QUT Design Lab
Enquiries: QUT Design Lab:

Share content via social media