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#frAIday

All you want to know about Artificial Intelligence.

Welcome to a series of inspiring talks on artificial intelligence by Umea University researchers, as well as internationally acclaimed experts.

Participating in #frAiday is your opportunity to share your experience and knowledge about artificial intelligence, learn more about the field, discuss a wide range of perspectives on AI, and meet new people.

Time: Fridays, 12:15 – 13:00
Place: Online via Zoom, due to new regional restrictions. The event is open to everyone who is interested in AI.

 

#frAIday Talks

17 September
AI, Opacity, and Personal Autonomy

Bram Vaassen, Postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University.

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

Advancements in machine learning have fuelled the popularity of using AI decision algorithms to streamline procedures such as bail hearings, medical diagnoses and recruitment. Academic articles, policy texts, and popularizing books alike warn that such algorithms tend to be opaque: they do not provide explanations for their outcomes.

Building on a causal account of transparency and opacity as well as recent work on the value of causal explanation, I raise a moral concern for opaque algorithms that often goes unnoticed: opaque algorithms can undermine users’ autonomy by hiding salient pathways of affecting their outcomes. I argue that this concern is distinct from those typically discussed in the literature and that it deserves further attention. I also argue that it can guide us in deciding what degree of transparency should be demanded. Plausibly, the required degree of transparency is attainable without ‘opening the black box’ of machine learning algorithms.

Earlier Presentations

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Earlier presentations

Please watch the previous talks here and download the presentations.

"Beyond AI Solutionism - Towards a Multi-Disciplinary Approach to
Artificial Intelligence in Society"

Simon Lindgren, Professor in Sociology at Umeå University and the director of DIGSUM. Please download the presentation here.

"3o years in search for Human-Centric AI and this is what I found"
Helena Lindgren, Professor, Department of Computing Science, Umeå University.

"From Plato to Yoda, training responsible AI designers for on-the-field action" 
LoÏs Vanhée, Associate Professor, Computing Science, Umeå University. Download the presentation "From Plato to Yoda" here

"Lies, deceptions and computation"
Hans van Ditmarsch, Senior Researcher at CNRS, the French National Research Organization. Download the presentation "Lies, deceptions and computation" here

"XAI: A New Model and Its Implications for Medical Ethics"
Erik Campano, Doctoral student, Department of Informatics, Umeå University. Download the presentation "AI and informed consent" here

"Research Directions on Data Privacy" 
Vicenc Torra, Professor at Department of Computing Science, Umeå University. Download the presentation Research directions on data privacy.

"Implementing AI in a corporation – the good, the bad and the odd"
Salla Franzen, Chief Data Scientist, SEB. Download the presentation "AI ethics in financial services" here

"Prototyping for Social Simulation"
Maarten Jensen, Doctoral student, Department of Computing Science at Umeå university. Download the presentation here. 

"Toward Human-Centric Trustworthy Systems"
Juan Carlos Nieves, Associate Professor at the Department of Computing Science, Umeå university. Please download the presentation here.

"Decision Making in Context" 
Frank Dignum, Professor at the Department of Computing Science, Umeå university. Please download the presentation "Deliberation in context" here. 

"Contesting algorithmic decision-making"
Andrea Aler Tubella, Senior Researcher at Department of Computing Science, Umeå university. Please download the presentation here.

"Applying Cognitive-Affective Models to the Design of Ethical Assistant Agents" 
Catriona M Kennedy, Honorary Research Fellow at University of Birmingham. Please download the presentation here.

"Standardising and Auditing AI"
Andreas Theodorou, Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Computing Science, Umeå university. Please download the presentation here. 

"Agent models in Unity – Reaching Outside Academia"
Cezara Pastrav, Research Engineer at the Department of Computing Science, Umeå university. Please download the presentation here

"AI and I – User involvement during design"
Karin Danielsson, Associate Professor at Department of Informatics, Umeå university. Please download the presentation here

"Putting Norms in Context"
René Mellema, doctoral student at Department of Computing Science. Please download the presentation here.

"People are not Binary – Embracing Complexity in Algorithmic Bias Research" 
Hannah Devinney, doctoral student at Department of Computing Science and Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Please download the presentation here

"A boxology of design patterns for systems that learn and reason"
Frank van Harmelen, Professor in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning in the Computer Science department (Faculty of Science) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Please download the presentation here.

"A Bayesian approach to learning norms from observation in multi-agent systems"
Stephen Cranefield, Professor at Department of Information Science, University of Otago, New Zealand. Please download the presentation here.

"COVID-Town: An Integrated Economic-Epidemiological Agent-Based Model"
Patrick Mellacher, PhD student of economics, the University of Graz, Austria. Please download the presentation here.

"Algorithmic Recommendation as Artificial Intelligence: YouTube and Meme Culture"
Gavin Feller, postdoktor at Humlab, Umeå university. Please download the presentation here.

"Extended and Autonomous Agency"
Kalle
Grill, Associate Professor in Philosophy at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Please download the presentation here.

"Reasoning - from Humans to Machines" 
Thimoteus Kampic, doctoral student at Department of Computing Science, Umeå University. Please download the presentation here.

"Altered Relationships with Autonomous Systems"
Kristina Höök, Professor in Interaction Design at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Please download the presentation here.

"AI-Enhanced Knowledge Harvesting"
Lili Jiang, Associate Professor at Department of Computing Science, Umeå University. Please download the presentation here.

"Building competent social interactive AI"
Rui Prada, Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Please see the slides here.

"In Search of Explainable AI: The Case for a Differentiated Approach under European Union Law", Martin Ebers, Associate Professor of IT Law at the University of Tartu, Estonia and permanent research fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Co-founder and president Robotics & AI Law Society (RAILS), Germany. Please download the presentation here.

"Tourism in the virtual lab: Opportunities for AI and tourism collaborations", Jillian Student, Postdoctoral researcher, Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University and Research Managing Editor, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. Please download the presentation here. 

For more information, please contact

Tatyana Sarayeva
Coordinator of the WASP-HS program and Responsible AI research group.
E-mail: tatyana.sarayeva@umu.se

Christian Kammler 
Doctoral student, Department of Computing Science 
E-mail: christian.kammler@umu.se

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