University of Oulu

Marianne Kinnula, Netta Iivari, Sumita Sharma, Grace Eden, Markku Turunen, Krishnashree Achuthan, Prema Nedungadi, Tero Avellan, Biju Thankachan, and Rucha Tulaskar. 2021. Researchers’ Toolbox for the Future: Understanding and Designing Accessible and Inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AIAI). In Academic Mindtrek 2021 (Mindtrek 2021). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–4. DOI:

Researchers’ toolbox for the future : understanding and designing accessible and inclusive artificial intelligence (AIAI)

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Author: Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1; Sharma, Sumita1;
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
2Department of Human-Centered Design, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi, India
3Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Finland
4Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
5Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-25


As Artificial Intelligence (AI) is integrated into all things technical, there is a valid concern over its lack of diversity, inclusiveness, and accessibility. Further, questions such as what it means for AI to be accessible and inclusive, why is inclusive AI required, and how can it be achieved, is an emerging area of research. In this two-part workshop, we will explore the nuanced challenges towards Accessible and Inclusive AI together with participants with diverse backgrounds. First, we will collaboratively define Accessible and Inclusive AI (AIAI), building on the diverse experiences of the participants and moderators. The goal is to contribute to the formulation of a shared vision for Accessibility and AI as well as identify the challenges and opportunities towards realizing this vision. Working in small teams, participants will collaboratively conceptually design a future scenario for AIAI or critically analyse an example solution. The aim is for teams to tackle tough questions related to what it means for AI to be accessible and inclusive, while addressing algorithmic biases and limitations of AI, in addition to opportunities for overcoming them in the future. Finally, teams will present their conceptual designs and scenarios in the larger group. Overall, the workshop will ignite innovative, and even provocative, ideas and future scenarios, building towards an inclusive and accessible AI.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-8514-5
Pages: 41 - 48
DOI: 10.1145/3464327.3464965
Host publication: 24th International Academic Mindtrek Conference, Mindtrek 2021
Conference: International Academic Mindtrek Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work is funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education Asia Programme (in Finland at Tampere University and University of Oulu, and in India at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham) as well as the Academy of Finland (Grant #324685, Make-a-Difference project) at the University of Oulu. This research is connected to the GenZ project, a strategic profiling project in human sciences at the University of Oulu. The project is supported by the Academy of Finland (Grant #318930) and the University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 324685
Detailed Information: 324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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