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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, legal, social and economic (ELSE) 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 afternoon-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 40 early researchers (part 2).

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

Faculty:

 

Panelists: The policy maker, media and industrial perspective

  • Dr. Nuria Oliver, Chief Data Scientist at DataPop Alliance and Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone.
  • Richard Benjamins, Data & AI Ambassador, Telefonica, LUCA

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 (including financial support): October 15th. 
  • Notification of acceptance: November 1st. 
  • Registration for accepted participants: November 30th.  
  • Registration for participants (no financial support) will be open after November 30th in case of 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)

(Part 1+2 participants together)

Poster/short presentation.

 

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. Societal impact 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 closed) 
  • Notification of acceptance: November 7th (sent) 

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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