How is AI revolutionizing traffic? A new series of events shows practical impacts of AI in our lives

AIX Forum, a new series of events, brings AI developers and users together. The aim of the AIX Forum is to find new ways to make use of AI in different areas of society.

This autumn, FCAI will launch new AIX Forum events that seek new ways to apply AI in practice. The first event of the series on traffic will take place on September 4 in Helsinki.

The mission of FCAI researchers is to develop AI applications that answer real-life needs in different areas of life. The new train of events wants to find new practical solutions for those needs.

“AI applications challenge common practices in many fields, and the pace of change is fast. At AIX Forum events, researchers who focus on AI or other topics, companies and public sector representatives can find new ways to make use of AI,” says Petri Myllymäki, Vice Director of FCAI and Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University of Helsinki.

Most AIX Forum events consist of three parts and will be held in English. The events typically start with a few, brief speeches in which experts from different fields present a problem that could be solved by using AI. The speeches are followed by panel discussions during which AI researchers and developers, together with the speakers, seek solutions for the presented problems. At the end of each event, there will be time for networking.

Traffic as the first X

The abbreviation AIX is derived from the term artificial intelligence and the letter X, which represents an application area of AI. FCAI organizes the first event, AI and Traffic, together with the Traffic Research Unit of the University of Helsinki.

The first event looks into traffic-related AI applications and relevant research from different perspectives. The goal is to find interesting research questions within the smart traffic technology discipline and estimate what type of broad, societal impact technology has on traffic development.

“In traffic, automation and algorithms change the traditional driver-vehicle setting in a fundamental way. This doesn’t apply only to the technology behind vehicles, instead also traffic planning, driver training, and traffic education will change,” says Otto Lappi, the Group Leader of the Traffic Research Unit and Discipline Coordinator of Cognitive Science.

“Human intelligence and AI will, for the first time, share a common, physical environment, and from the cognitive science perspective, this change comes with fundamental, complex, and still mainly unknown questions regarding how the informational workload will be divided between humans and computers,” adds Lappi.

The event is aimed at researchers focusing on traffic, transportation planning, traffic safety, automated vehicles, traffic infrastructure, or traffic education, and for anyone interested in these research topics. In the future, FCAI plans to organize AIX events around Finland. The future events will focus on AI in civil service and AI in medicine, among other topics.

Further information

Petri Myllymäki
Vice Director of FCAI
Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, University of Helsinki
+358 40 553 1162
petri.myllymaki@helsinki.fi

Otto Lappi
Discipline Coordinator, Cognitive Science
Traffic Research Unit of the University of Helsinki
+358 29 412 9674
otto.lappi@helsinki.fi