Helsinki Social Computing Group works with a group of wonderful people:
Anton Berg is finishing his digital humanities-cognitive science Master's at Helsinki university. He is interested in computational methods in social science, representation in digital image processing and the ethics of artificial intelligence. He also has a MA in religious studies where he has focused on ethical cognition/recognition, cognitive science of religion, and technology related human rights issues.
Matti Nelimarkka is a political scientist with a background in computer science or a computer scientist who knows a bit how society works. His scholarly work focuses on digital and computational methods in social sciences, especially looking at the practices, reliability, and validity of these in social science. He applies digital, computational and increasingly design-based methods in political science and democracy related themes.
Dr. Victoria Palacin is a researcher and technologist specialized in digital participation for sustainable development. Her current research focuses on understanding the unconscious ideologies that guide the design of digital democracy tools. This work is being done through the systematic deconstruction of digital platforms for public participation, and through participatory interventions with communities. She advances this work as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, and as a visiting fellow at Digital Curation Institute of the University of Toronto.
Previously she has been a fellow researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media and at the UN Digital Government Division. Where she has worked on developing data experiences and examining the participatory affordances of hackathons and e-democracy tools.
In her doctoral thesis, Victoria explored the link between online participation and human motives in digital citizen science platforms. Before her doctorate, Victoria was awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to specialize in sustainability and computation (Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Development). During this programme Victoria developed a deep interest in computational methods to study online participation as a way to build livable, sustainable, and participatory futures, these drove her to pursue her doctoral studies and to her current research work.