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HUMAINT Winter school on AI: ethical, social, legal and economic impact

HUMAINT Winter school on AI: ethical, social, legal and economic impact

HUMAINT Winter school on AI and its ethical, social, legal and economic impact

Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

February 4-8th 2019, Seville, Spain

Introduction

Artificial Intelligence (AI), both embedded in systems or embodied in artifacts (e.g robots), is increasingly everywhere. It affects everyone, and has the capability to transform public and private organisations and the services and products they offer. Whereas AI has huge potential to make our lives easier, and help us to solve some of the world's biggest challenges, there are increasing concerns about its impact on humans and society. The development and use of AI raises fundamental ethical, legal and economic issues for society, which are of vital importance to our future.

The HUMAINT winter school is conceived as a one-week interdisciplinary discussion forum about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems on human behaviour and the related ethical, social, economic and legal issues. The winter school is structure in two main parts, both sharing a panel discussion and a poster session:

  • The first part (Mon-Tue) provide an introductory course to AI and its impact, targeting non-specialist technical audiences including policy-makers, middle and top-level management of enterprises and social organisations, and media makers. It is structured in a series of lectures, a panel discussion and a poster session.

  • The second part (Tue-Fri) includes research-oriented lectures and project-based team work on a set of ethical, legal and societal issues related to recent advancement in AI. This part is designed for early stage researchers (PhD students and postdocs) working in academic institutions and industry. It is structured in a series of lectures, project-based work with tutors and tutoring sessions on research projects by experts in the field.

 

Keywords

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, evaluation, transparency, accountability, fairness, discrimination, algorithms in decision making processes, future of work, human behaviour with AI, ethics, legal, diversity, industry concerns, certification/standards.

 

Context

This school in Seville is organized by the HUMAINT project (Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission) and linked to the research workshop  The Future of AI: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues, taking place at the Lorentz Centre, Leiden, Netherlands, the week before.

 

Participants

Attendees: Around 40 non-specialist technical participants (part 1) and 30 early researchers (part 2).

Academic coordination: Prof. Virginia Dignum (Technical University of Delft) and Dr. Emilia Gómez (JRC and Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

Confirmed faculty:

 

    Registration

    The winter school is free of charge.

    The HUMAINT project will provide financial support for a selected group of participants based on the applicant CV, degree of financial need and diversity. Financial support will mainly be granted to participants of the second part of the school.

    Given the small number of available seats, there will be a selection process. 

    • Application deadline for financial support: October 15th APPLICATION LINK
    • Notification of acceptance: November 1st. 
    • Registration for people not needing financial support will remain open while there are available spaces. 

     

    Preliminary program

     

     

    Non-specialist technical audiences

     
       

    Early-stage researchers

     

    Mon. 4th

    Tue. 5th

    Wed. 6th

    Thu. 7th

    Fri. 8th

    Morning

    What is AI? introduction, historical overview,  status, trends and challenges.



     

    What is AI? robotics, machine learning.

     

    Discussion panel: The policy makers / industry / media perspective

    Lectures (slots for 3 lectures): fundamentals

    • algorithms

    • evaluation

    • design methods

    Lectures (slots for 3 lectures): principles

    • values (fairness, diversity, discrimination…)

    • social interaction

    • standards

    Lectures(slots for 3 lectures): impact

    • human behavior

    • future work

    • communication

    • creative arts

    Afternoon

    Impact of AI: ELSE (ethics, legal, social, economic impact)

    Poster session.

     

    Project definition and team building

    Project work

    Project work

    Project work





     

    Final project presentation

    Evening

    Social event

       

    Diner

     
     
    Project topics: 
     
    1. Algorithmic Literacy
    2. Analysis of indicators of AI progress
    3. AI systems and trust
    4. Ethics in human-robot interaction settings
    5. Impact of AI in creativity and taste: the case of music 

    Important dates

     

    • Application deadline for financial support: October 15th APPLICATION LINK
    • Notification of acceptance: November 1st. 
    • Registration for people not needing financial support will remain open while there are available spaces. 

     

    Contact

     

    jrc-humaint@ec.europa.eu

     
    Dates: 
    Monday, 4 February, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 15:00
    Location: 
    Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Seville, Spain
    Organiser(s): 
    Virginia Dignum
    Emilia Gómez
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    Simone Telles Martins Ramos's picture

    Hi.

    I am from Brazil and I would like to take part of the discussion. Do you have any online session?

    Regards.

    Simone

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    Emilia GOMEZ GUTIERREZ's picture

    Thear Simone, 

    Thanks for your interest! We will enquiry about this. 

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