Four new AI research proposals awarded funding

The UvA’s Human(e) AI Research Priority Area (RPA) has announced a second round of seed funding, to be awarded to four teams looking at topics related to the pursuit of responsible, trustworthy and value-driven AI. The four teams - who will join the seven teams given funding in the first round - have members drawn from five different countries and five different faculties of the UvA. The projects will examine current and possible future societal challenges related to AI, from conversational agents to political microtargeting, and will make suggestions on how to improve transparency and accountability.

Human(e) AI synthesises ongoing work and stimulates new research at the UvA on the societal consequences of the rapid development of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making. The first round of projects included ones looking at news aggregation, cultural heritage, surveillance, and automated justice, and covered fundamental research questions in history, sociology, law, ethics, communication, economics, medicine and psychology.

UvA-wide network of researchers
The RPA is intended to build a network of researchers across all faculties of the UvA who together work towards more humane AI - AI and digital technologies that contribute to new forms of knowledge production, raise understanding, enhance cultural and socio-economic equality, and improve fairness and respect for fundamental rights in decision-making, both in the public and commercial sectors.

Human(e) AI Steering Board member and UvA professor of AI and Democracy Claes de Vreese: ’We are extremely pleased with the projects chosen for this second round of funding. Their obvious societal relevance really encapsulates what Human(e) AI is all about and also demonstrates the breadth of interest and expertise in AI the UvA has across all of its faculties.’

The awarded projects from the second round are:

  • Political Microtargeting Exposed: A Systemic Approach to Public Accountability
    Dr Jef Ausloos (Amsterdam Law School), Dr Stefania Milan (Faculty of Humanities), Dr Tom Dobber (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences)

  • Exploring Adaptation of Conversational Systems to Different Age Groups
    Dr Margot van der Goot (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences), Dr Raquel Fernįndez (Faculty of Science), Dr Sandro Pezzelle (Faculty of Science)

  • Collective Decisions in Law and Economics: A Computational Perspective
    Dr Davide Grossi (Faculty of Science), Prof. Alessio Pacces (Amsterdam Law School, Amsterdam Business School), Prof. Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci (Amsterdam Law School)

  • Towards an Epistemological and Ethical ’Explainable AI’
    Dr Federica Russo (Faculty of Humanities), Dr Jean Wagemans (Faculty of Humanities), Prof. Eric Schliesser (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences)

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