Donate spoken data in Finnish and Swedish

The Language Bank of Finland and the Swedish Literary Society in Finland are collecting Finland-Swedish speech data (  (see YLE article with video: Vill du att röststyrning ska fungera på finlandssvenska? Kom med och donera prat [Do ​​you want voice control to work in Finland-Swedish? Come and donate speech]). Note that the campaign for collecting spoken Finnish also continues (

If you wish to know how the database may affect everyday life and how it can be used in research, listen to the YLE podcast “Second Last Word” (YLE pod: Så här lär sig din dammsugare finlandssvensk dialekt [How your vacuum cleaner learns Finnish-Swedish dialect] and YLE article: Pratande kylskåp och smarta glasögon hjälper dig handla mat – det här är den röststyrda framtiden [Talking refrigerators and smart glasses help you buy food – this is the voice-controlled future]).

artificially correct – a hackathon on bias in data and AI systems

The Goethe Institute organises a hackathon in October (1-3) on bias in data and AI systems where everyone is welcome to participate. More information about the event is available here:
You can win a price of 2500 euros and get experience from working together in international teams during the hackathon days. There are 6 challenges organised by various partners (the FCAI SIG on language, speech and cognition as one of them) with a focus on multilingual data and translation. Please, have a look and spread the news and sign up if you are interested!

22 open positions at FCAI

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for an interesting postdoc, research fellow or PhD position?

The Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI offers a possibility for 22 new researchers to join a unique research community with an attractive joint mission. Especially interesting for NLP researchers: Topic 11: Interactive AI using multimodal communication

FCAI welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds, and qualified female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is October 5, 2020 (midnight UTC+02:00). Read more and apply here:

Postpone NLULG 2020

Due to the spread of the corona virus we decided to postpone NLULG2020, the workshop on natural language understanding and language grounding! A new date is not yet set but keep an eye on this page or our mailing list for further updates. Our apologies for the inconveniences caused!

The first brAIn seminar

Brighten the dark days with science!
At Tiedekulma we will share perspectives and discuss the science of mind, brain, and AI from around Helsinki. Mark your calendars for:
13:00 – 15:30, 15.01.2020
Tiedekulma, Yliopistonkatu, Helsinki
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming influential throughout technological society, from transport to healthcare, civil engineering to personal electronics. But, what kind of intelligence does our AI possess? 
AI pioneer Judea Pearl has said that the state of the art is just very sophisticated fitting of curves to data. This is a long way from intelligent machines we would wish to have: Artificial cognitive systems that support human cognition, and extend thinking beyond human limitations — in short, human-compatible AI. In order to chart a course towards AI with true intelligence, an AI that is relatable and can be asked to understand us, its users, we must study brain and AI together. The talks in this seminar show how this can involve study of the brain using AI methods; study of AI as a cognitive science; and study of the interaction of brain and AI.
Local groups working on these topics in an interdisciplinary way will present their recent and ongoing projects, aiming to explore the areas of overlap and possible future collaboration.
  • Lauri Parkkonen – Decoding attention states from MEG with convolutional neural networks
  • Marijn van Vliet – Boosting machine learning for EEG by incorporating prior information
  • Otto Lappi – Predictive Processing and Naturalistic Task Performance
  • Tuukka Ruotsalo – Brain Computer Interfaces
  • Jussi Jokinen – Emotional appraisal and reinforcement learning
  • Antti Oulasvirtta – Computational rationality: Adaptation of behavior as utility-maximization under uncertainty. A new look at an old problem in cognitive science
Coffee and catering will be provided.
The event is free to enter and free of charge, but registration is requested in order to plan for catering.