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Socially aware AI

Research group The social context in which AI systems function becomes more important when the AI systems are becoming more autonomous and take more important decisions.

We are investigating computational models of social concepts like norms, practices, organizations, etc. to enhance AI systems in a way that they can be aware of their social context and can behave as people expect them to do. E.g. we expect a care robot to insist to a patient to take his medicine, but not when he is just on the phone with his partner. And when we interact with a chatbot to apply for a licence to hunt moose it should be able to explain why a licence is not given.

We apply the developed theory in numerous applications, ranging from chatbots and social robotics (like in the examples above) to social simulations for policy makers and strategic organizational decisions.

Head of research


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Computing Science

Research area

Computing science

Research projects

Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 March 2020
Type of project Research project

Latest publications

Ethics and Information Technology
Nanni, Mirco; Andrienko, Gennady; Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo; et al.
Transactions on Data Privacy, Transactions on Data Privacy 2020, Vol. 13, (1) : 61-66
Nanni, Mirco; Andrienko, Gennady; Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo; et al.
Minds and Machines, Springer 2020, Vol. 30, (2) : 177-194
Dignum, Frank; Dignum, Virginia; Davidsson, Paul; et al.
JASSS: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Guildford: JASSS 2020, Vol. 23, (4)
Boshuijzen-van Burken, Christine; Gore, Ross; Dignum, Frank; et al.
Engineering Multi-Agent Systems: 8th International Workshop, EMAS 2020, Auckland, New Zealand, May 8–9, 2020, Revised Selected Papers, Springer 2020 : 21-41
Prasetya, I.S.W.B.; Dastani, Mehdi; Prada, Rui; et al.
Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, Norms, and Ethics for Governance of Multi-Agent Systems XIII: International Workshops COIN 2017 and COINE 2020, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 8-9, 2017 and Virtual Event, May 9, 2020, Revised Selected Papers : 175-180
Mellema, Rene; Jensen, Maarten; Dignum, Frank
AAMAS '19: International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems AAMAS 2019, ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY 2019 : 1901-1903
Cranefield, Stephen; Dignum, Frank
AAMAS '19: Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, ACM Digital Library 2019 : 1955-1957
Ferrando, Angelo; Winikoff, Michael; Cranefield, Stephen; et al.