Sharing some special news on this exciting new initiative Trust-M, which was awarded funding from the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council (SRC) last week. It’s for a large research consortia project titled “Designing Inclusive & Trustworthy Digital Public Services for Migrants in Finland (Trust-M)”, an exciting 3.2 M euro, 3+3 year partnership between Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Tampere University, and the City of Espoo, in collaboration with the City of Helsinki, City of Turku, and many other public/private sector organizations in Finland.

Looking forward to working closely with my co-PI’s Johanna Ylipulli, Tom Bäckström, Thomas Olsson, Aaro Tupasela, Suvi Sankari, and Teemu Haapalehto.

“The project will aim to improve the integration of migrants in Finland by devising hybrid and trustworthy digital services based on conversational AI. The project team seeks to understand how socially and culturally constructed notions of trust as well as human rights are incorporated in present-day digital public services and perceived among migrant communities.

Using conversational interaction and hybrid service design, Trust-M will explore, create and pilot innovative AI-assisted services. City of Espoo, as the main interaction partner, will ensure their practical relevance to migrant services and promote societal impact.”

Some details here: https://www.aka.fi/en/strategic-research/strategic-research/for-knowledge-users/whats-new/2022/strategic-research-council-grants-significant-funding-to-support-research-into-security-and-children-and-young-people/

Summary of all the 4 excellent research consortia awarded grants by the SRC program in Security and Trust in the Age of Algorithms (SHIELD).