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Docent, Geography
Adjunct Professor, Academy Research Fellow, Ph.D.


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Areas of expertise

Human geography
economic geography
knowledge creation
geographies of knowledge and innovations
creativity in arts and sciences
international and multicultural work
space, time, process, mobility
qualitative methods
co-creation between humans, robots and artificial intelligence


MAAN7560 Geographies of Knowledge Creation and Innovations, 5 credits

Supervising Master's theses on topics of economic geography, knowledge, innovation, digital futures

Supervising Doctoral theses on knowledge creation processes


Kone Foundation 2020-2023 project 'Co-creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence' (LuotAI). We consider independently learning artificial intelligence (AI) as a novel actor alongside humans in the process of creation. AI changes the process of creation profoundly. Unlike the developers of creative AI, we argue that AI does not have to be creative alone or like a human. In the era of AI, the human and AI are creative together. We challenge the thin empirical research on co-creativity of humans and AI that has been produced separated from the everyday process and space where creativity takes place. It is time to redefine creativity in the era of AI: as co-creativity in the process of creation by the human and AI, and in the everyday space where creativity takes place. LuotAI analyses the process of co-creation by the human and AI in the everyday space in sciences, arts, and their boundaries. We develop a novel method of analysis that allows collecting detailed data along four years about (i) the process of creation in everyday space, (ii) moments of creativity, and (iii) outcomes that are evaluated as creative (or not), and about the role of AI in each stage (i-iii). We focus on about 50 researchers and artists and collect interviews, videos of their AI demonstrations, and evaluation reports of their outcomes. We analyse in detail the creative process of about 12 artists and scientists and map their mobility, emotions, creative moments, and outcomes of creation. Similar long-term empirical research on the processes of creation in everyday space has not been done before.
  • Group: PI Johanna Hautala, Postdoctoral researchers Riina Lundman and Astrid Huopalainen, PhD-researcher Roosa Wingström
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Academy of Finland Research Fellow 2018-2023 project 'Second Machine Age Knowledge Co-Creation Processes in Space and Time' (SMAK) analyses knowledge co-creation processes between humans, robots and artificial intelligence in Finland, San Francisco, and Singapore. In the second machine age, we co-create knowledge with artefacts that learn. This challenges any approach to knowledge creation to re-ask: who knows, what is knowledge and how is knowledge co-created from ideas into justified results? The SMAK builds a novel and interdisciplinary spatio-temporal approach to empirically analyse knowledge co-creation processes in the second machine age. The case studies focus on early adopters: robotics university students, and developers of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things.
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Academy of Finland Post Doctoral Fellow 2014-2018 project 'International Knowledge Creation in Space and Time' (IKnow) analysed knowledge creation processes in space and time in arts and sciences. The focus was on project groups and individuals who move internationally when they create knowledge. The aim was to develop a novel spatio-temporal approach to analyse knowledge creation. The key results demonstrate the meaning of geographies of knowledge creation in sciences and arts - i.e. possibilities and challenges of dispersion, gathering, changing international context, and temporal withdrawal from the centers.


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