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Published: 2022-12-15

Virginia Dignum Awarded AI Ethics Professional of the Year

NEWS Virginia Dignum, Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Umeå University, has been voted winner of the Nordic Data and AI Readiness (DAIR) Awards in the category of AI Ethics Professional of the Year.

Text: Hanna Nordin

Last week, it was announced that Virginia Dignum, Professor of Responsible AI at the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University, has been named the winner of the Nordic DAIR Awards in the category 'AI Ethics Professional of the Year'.

"I am delighted and honoured to win the Nordic DAIR award in the category of AI Ethics Professional of the Year 2022. It is not only a recognition of what I and my group have achieved in this field, but more importantly it demonstrates the importance of a responsible and ethical approach to the development and use of artificial intelligence", says Virginia Dignum.

A number of academics and professionals were nominated and there was an open vote this autumn to decide who would take home the title.

"I would also like to congratulate the other nominees, a very deserving group of professionals from academia, the public and private sectors. It is a privilege for me to be among my peers," continues Viginia Dignum.

Active in Several AI Initiatives

Virginia Dignum believes it is important to understand the impact of AI on a societal, ethical and legal level and is involved in several AI initiatives. She is a member of the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), the High Level Expert Group for the Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation, the World Economic Forum Council on AI, the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethically Aligned Design of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and others.

Since 2019, Virginia Dignum is also the Program Director of the national research programme The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Programme - Humanities and Society (WASP-HS), coordinated from Umeå University. The WASP-HS vision is to advance new interdisciplinary knowledge in the humanities and social sciences about AI and autonomous systems and their impact on human and social development.