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Centre for Transdisciplinary AI – TAIGA

We are interested in AI research that benefits people by taking into account ethical, legal, technical, cultural and social aspects – AI for the Good of All. To achieve this, we collaborate with researchers and experts in all disciplines and through internationally established networks and other partners.

All You Want to Know About AI!

A seminar series arranged by TAIGA, Centre for Transdisciplinary AI.

Our goal is to develop a structure and arena for collaboration and synergies in AI research at Umeå University with a focus on AI – for The Good of All. TAIGA's different research areas are supervised by our coordinators across faculties. We aim to initiate and drive research projects in AI and encourage both pilot and industrial projects of high international quality. Later, we will invite you to open seminars where we present ongoing AI research in an accessible way, and where both newly established and well-known researchers are welcome to participate. 

Our Focus Areas

Understanding (and explaining) AI

What is AI and how should it be developed, controlled and implemented?

AI in Health and Medicine

Cutting-edge human-centered techniques to solve current problems.

Critical, Ethical, Legal, Social AI, (CELS-AI)

The analysis of AI in light of ethical, legal, and societal values and expectations.

AI and Art

AI and social-political, geo-political, ethical and aesthetic challenges.

AI Management

How to pursue AI management in practice.

Social Artificial Intelligence (SAI)

Human-centered and socially aware AI systems.

Education and AI

Pedagogical perspective on the use of AI systems.

Embodied Interactive AI

Developing the future of human-centered interaction.

Future partnerships

TAIGA will offer seminars, workshops, meeting places and activities to guide, challenge and inspire. We aim to be a visible entry point for the public, journalists and external partners. Currently, we are developing collaborations within Umeå University and working to deepen our national and international networks. 

Structure and Memberships

Being an affiliate member means that you will be on the TAIGA mailing list and will receive news about seminars, events, calls for applications, etc.
We may also invite you to give a seminar, explore your participation in a project proposal or collaborate with us at other universities or organizations.

If you are interested in participating in the future direction of TAIGA, you can also become a member of the Advisory Board. We hope to establish this group with representatives from all departments and centers of Umeå University. With this group, we will bounce new ideas and have several meetings a year to get input on potential new activities and feedback on past activities. Later we will expand the group with (international) external members from society, industry and academia.

Director, Coordinator and Focus Area Coordinators

If you would like to know more, or if you are interested in participating, collaborating or sharing our expertise - please get in touch with us!

  • DirectorFrank Dignum, Professor of AI and Wallenberg Chair in AI, and one of the foremost researchers in the field.
  • CoordinatorAnnaKarin Resoluth
  • AI and the artsEle Carpenter, Professor at Umeå School of Architecture
  • Understanding (and explaining) AIDimitri Coelho Mollo, Assistant professor at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University
  • AI ManagementJonny Holmström, Professor at the Department of Informatics and Markus Hällgren, Professor at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)
  • AI in Medicine and Health AI – Nina Sundström, Adjunct Associate Professor at Department of Radiation Sciences, Umeå University
  • Embodied Interactive AIThomas Hellström, Professor at Department of Computing Science, and Niclas Kaiser, Associate Professor at Department of Psychology
  • Social AILoïs Vanhée, Associate Professor at the Department of Computing Science
  • Education and AI – Eva Mårell-Olsson, Associate Professor at Department of Education
  • Critical, Ethical, Legal and Social AI, (CELS-AI)Markus Naarttijärvi, Docent and Associate professor at Department of Law
  • Communications Officer Victoria Skeidsvoll

The Steering Committee of TAIGA is formed by RAI, The Council for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems at Umeå University.

News from TAIGA

Harvard professors at inauguration of new AI centre

Umeå University's new AI centre will soon be inaugurated with several well-known researchers and companies.