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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

Science of Computer Programming, Elsevier 2024, Vol. 236
Gholizadeh Ansari, Saba; Prasetya, I.S.W.B.; Dastani, Mehdi; et al.
Multi-Agent-Based simulation XXIV: 24th International workshop, MABS 2023 London, UK, May 29 – June 2, 2023 Revised selected papers, Springer Nature 2024 : 112-126
Jensen, Maarten; Vanhée, Loïs; Dignum, Frank
Human-centered artificial intelligence: Advanced lectures, Springer Nature 2023 : 391-414
Lorig, Fabian; Vanhée, Loïs; Dignum, Frank
Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence: Advanced Lectures, Springer 2023 : 415-428
Pedreschi, Dino; Dignum, Frank; Morini, Virginia; et al.
Frontiers in Computer Science, Frontiers Media S.A. 2023, Vol. 5
Baum, Kevin; Bryson, Joanna; Dignum, Frank; et al.
Fundamental approaches to software engineering: 26th international conference, FASE 2023, held as part of the European joint Conferences on theory and practice of software, ETAPS 2023, Paris, France, April 22–27, 2023, Proceedings, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2023 : 151-172
Ansari, Saba Gholizadeh; Prasetya, I.S.W.B.; Prandi, Davide; et al.
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Routledge 2023, Vol. 26, (2) : 193-206
Dignum, Frank
Multi-agent-based simulation XXIII: 23rd International Workshop, MABS 2022, virtual event, May 8-9, 2022: Revised selected papers, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2023 : 134-146
Kammler, Christian; Mellema, Rene; Dignum, Frank
Advances in practical applications of agents, multi-agent systems, and cognitive mimetics. The PAAMS collection: 21st International conference, PAAMS 2023, Guimarães, Portugal, July 12–14, 2023, proceedings
Mathieu, Philippe; Dignum, Frank; Novais, Paulo; et al.
Advances in social simulation: Proceedings of the 17th Social Simulation Conference, European Social Simulation Association, Cham: Springer 2023 : 193-205
Kammler, Christian; Dignum, Frank; Wijermans, Nanda
Latest update: 2021-09-07