Please find the preliminary conference program below:


AI in Learning - Shaping the Future

November 18–19, 2021, Virtual International Conference


Contents: keynote speeches, presentations and discussions, parallel research collaborative sessions, discussion, and networking

Participants: Researchers, companies, policymakers, teachers, school leaders

Location: ZOOM virtual conference



9:00 – 17:45 (Finnish time)

9:00 – 09:40

Opening of the conference

Hanna Snellman, Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki

Johanna Mäkelä, Dean, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki

Moderator: Hannele Niemi, Professor, University of Helsinki


09:40 – 10:30

Keynote 1: Creative AI

Dr. Hannu Toivonen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

Moderator and commentary: Hannele Niemi, Professor, University of Helsinki


10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break


11:00 – 11:50

Keynote 2: AI-Driven Intelligent Tutoring System for Math Education

Dr. Yu LU, Associate professor, Dir­ector of the AI Lab at the Advanced Innovation Center for Future Education, Beijing Normal University, China

Moderator and commentary: Harri Ketamo, Chairman of the board, Headai


  11:50 – 12:30 Lunch Break


12:30 – 14:00

Workshops, paper presentations, and discussion session 1

14:00 – 14:30

Coffee Break

14:30 – 16:00

Workshops, paper presentation, and discussion session 2

16:00 – 17:15

Company showcases and discussion

Company presentation 1, School Day Helsinki Oy, Finland,

Mika Kasanen, Co-Founder & CEO

Company presentation 2, Headai Oy, Finland,

Harri Ketamo, Chairman of the board, Founder, Headai

Anu Passi-Rauste, Head of business development, Headai

Company presentation 3 (tbc), UpKnowledge Oy, Finland,

Timo Lindqvist, Co-founder & COB, Upknowledge

Company presentation 4 (tbc), NAPCON, Neste Engineering Solutions Oy, Finland,

Pekka Qvist, Manager, UI and Usability Engineering, NAPCON

Company presentation 5,

Henan Tianxing Education & Technology Co. Ltd, China, Hua RAN

Discussion and questions

Moderator:  Pekka Ollikainen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland


17:15 – 17:45

Share group presentations and summary of the day 

Moderator: Päivi Kousa, Dr., Coordinator of the AI in Learning Program



9:00 – 11:15 (Finnish time)

9:00 – 09:50

Keynote 3: AI and the Future of Education

Dr. James Lester, Professor, Director of the Center for Educational Informatics & Distinguished University, U.S.A.

Moderator and commentary: Minna Huotilainen, Professor, University of Helsinki


09:50 – 10:50

Panel discussion: How to face future learning with AI?


Ben Cowley, Associate Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

Barbara Schneider, Professor, Michigan State University, U.S.A.

Minna Huotilainen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland

Timo Lindqvist, Co-founder & COB, Upknowledge, Finland

Yu LU, Research director, Beijing Normal University, China

Moderator: Heli Ruokamo, Professor, University of Lapland

10:50 – 11:15


Forwarding messages of AI in learning and education in the educational field

Hannele Niemi, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland