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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

Overview

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Computing Science

Research area

Computing science

Research projects

ASSOCC
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.
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, Springer Nature 2021 : 57-75
Savarimuthu, Bastin Tony Roy; Licorish, Sherlock A.; Devananda, Manjula; 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
Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23–27 September 2019, Springer 2021 : 383-395
Melchior, A.; Dignum, Frank; Ruiz, M.
Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23–27 September 2019, Springer 2021 : 9-22
Jensen, Maarten; Dignum, Frank
Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23–27 September 2019, Springer 2021 : 285-290
Mertens, A.; Feliciani, Thomas; Heidari, S.; et al.
Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 15th Social Simulation Conference: 23–27 September 2019, Springer 2021 : 67-79
van den Hurk, Mijke; Dignum, Frank
International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Dignum, Frank; Corchado, Juan Manuel; De la Prieta, Fernando
Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 300
Winikoff, Michael; Sidorenko, Galina; Dignum, Virginia; 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.