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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

Frank Dignum
Other position, professor
E-mail
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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

Multi-Agent-Based Simulation XXII: 22nd International Workshop, MABS 2021, Virtual Event, May 3-7, 2021, Revised Selected Papers, Springer 2022 : 139-152
Kammler, Christian; Dignum, Frank; Wijermans, Nanda; et al.
Chatbot Research and Design: 5th International Workshop, CONVERSATIONS 2021, Virtual Event, November 23–24, 2021, Revised Selected Papers, Springer 2022 : 108-123
Yildiz, Eren; Bensch, Suna; Dignum, Frank
Chatbot Research and Design, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2022 : 124-140
Lobo, Inês; Rato, Diogo; Prada, Rui; et al.
Engineering multi-agent systems, Springer 2022 : 156-174
Ansari, Saba Gholizadeh; Prasetya, I.S.W.B.; Dastani, Mehdi; et al.
Advances in Social Simulation: Proceedings of the 16th Social Simulation Conference, 20–24 September 2021, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2022 : 409-421
Jensen, Maarten; Verhagen, Harko; Vanhée, Loïs; 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.