Project

Revolution of Knowledge Work is funded by Tekes, as a large strategic opening funded for 1 September 2013 - 31 March 2017.

The participating organisations are Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT (Aalto University and University of Helsinki) and the Finnish Insitute of Occupational Health (FIOH).

A huge amount of information is spread out in various data silos. The current systems and search engines have inflexible views to the data and they have only a limited ability to study the large data masses, leaving knowledge workers trapped in individual information bubbles. Current systems constrain the work instead of supporting the combined potential of human creativity and the capability of computers to handle big data.

The project combines the multidisciplinary world-class expertise in machine learning, human-computer interaction, distributed computing, cognitive neuroergonomics and human factors at work, available within Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Our objective is to develop Symbiotic Human-Information Interfaces, which pave the way for a revolution of knowledge work.

Symbiotic human-information interfaces combine heterogeneous data sources and utilise the  context of use and user actions to jointly with the user determine what information is most likely relevant, and provide the user with a new type of interactive and proactive interface to the data. In the context of knowledge work, we use our know-how on both computational principles and how humans process information to develop a new information management and utilisation paradigm, enabling humans and computers to support each other optimally. Symbiotic human-information interfaces will revolutionise information seeking and further cultivation into new knowledge.