Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Sams, Mikko
Organisation Aalto University
Project title MAGICS: National Infrastructure for human virtualization and remote presence
Decision No. 337200
Decision date 30.11.2020
Funding period 01.07.2020 - 30.11.2021
Funding 1 052 206
Project description
Data gathering and digitalization will transform society. The technological shift on micro (body and individual), meso (groups) and macro (cultures) levels will be radical and affects all aspects of human experience. Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions utilising perceptual data will transform human interactions, design, learning, media, arts, robotics, healthcare, etc. The transition is holistic, no single research group or one university can study it alone. MAGICS creates a national network infrastructure of complementary cutting-edge facilities to accelerate research into these complex phenomena. Aalto focuses on measuring and digitizing human experience; University of Tampere on multimodal and embodied interaction, game culture, representing visual data, and reconstructing and visualizing digital worlds; Uniarts illuminates all this from the perspective of arts. Together, with industrial partners, they will research and facilitate shared digital spaces and remote-presence.