Intelligent Automation in Service Business Automation poses to change the service sector. To that end, Aarni's research has explored the applications and implications of service robots, intelligent assistants, deepfakes and other AI-generated content in various service business contexts. He has for example co-developed AI Ethics Guidelines for startups operating in and building AI products for the service sector.
During summer 2023 Aarni joined the University of Surrey as a Visiting Research Fellow to explore human-technology teams in the context of service business. The research exchange was funded by the Foundation for Economic Education and Helia-foundation.
HomeOpera – Digital Social Cultural Experiences HomeOpera-project aims to bring cultural experiences, e.g. going to the opera, to elderly peoples’ homes using emerging technology. The project consists of multiple agile prototypes to explore service concepts and UX design features which foster social interaction and a feeling of togetherness among users of the HomeOpera digital service.
The project is funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund between 09/2021-08/2023. Total funding: €223 576. Read more here.
AlgoAmmatti – Algorithmic Management and Professional Growth in Platform Economy AlgoAmmatti-project explores the notion of algorithmic management, specifically AI-driven task allocation and control mechanisms on digital labour platforms and the implications of these practices on platform workers day-to-day experience and professional growth. The project also looks at new work and business opportunities brought about by the platformisation of service business.
The project is funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund between 03/2022-12/2023. Total funding: €39 754. Read more here.