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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


Calle Inca Garcilaso, 3
41092 Seville, Spain



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.



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.



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.



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).

Local committee: Dr. Songül Tolan, Dr. Marius Miron, Dr. Vicky Charisi, Ms. Paula Galnares. 



Panelists: The policy maker, media and industrial perspective

  • Richard Benjamins, Data & AI Ambassador, Telefonica, LUCA.
  • Dr. Nuria Oliver, Chief Data Scientist at DataPop Alliance and Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone.
  • Esther Paniagua, Journalist.
  • Dirk Staudenmayer, DG JUST, European Commission. 


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 is closed.


Program overview



 Program summary 


Non-specialist technical audiences


Early-stage researchers


Mon. 4th

Tue. 5th

Wed. 6th

Thu. 7th

Fri. 8th



What is AI? 

What is AI? robotics, machine learning. Aurélie Clódic, Emilia Gómez, Marius Miron


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


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


Research presentations, meetup with AI startups and networking coffee




Team building

Project work

Project work

Project work


Final project presentation




Self-paid 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 
  6. Fair ML algorithms

Important dates

  • Application deadline for financial support: October 15th (application closed) 
  • Notification of acceptance: November 7th (sent) 
  • Registration: November 30th




Monday, 4 February, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 17:00
Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Seville, Spain
Virginia Dignum
Emilia Gómez
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Simone Telles Martins Ramos's picture


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



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Emilia GOMEZ GUTIERREZ's picture

Thear Simone, 

Thanks for your interest! We will enquiry about this. 

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Emilia GOMEZ GUTIERREZ's picture

Hi Simone,

Unfortunately we cannot compromise to online sessions but we will record all session and make all material available after the school.


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