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Staff photo Frank Dignum

Frank Dignum

I'm a Professor, leading a research group in the field of socially conscious AI. We develop models that can provide insights into how society can respond to political changes or natural disasters.



Works at

Professor at Department of Computing Science Role: Deputy head of department
MIT-huset, Umeå universitet, MIT.B.443 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I'm leading a research group on socially aware AI that creates computational models of social aspects such as norms, values, practices, and conventions. These models can be used to create social simulations that are more realistic and give insights into how society will react to changes in policies and natural disasters. They are also used to create more natural dialogues with chatbots that can be used for training medical students to have conversations with patients.

My career started with my Ph.D. in 1989 at the VU in Amsterdam. After working in Swaziland, Portugal and The Netherlands I became Wallenberg chair in socially aware AI at Umeå University in 2019. I also have an affiliation with Utrecht University and am an honorary principal research fellow of the University of Melbourne.

Ethics and Information Technology
Nanni, Mirco; Andrienko, Gennady; Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo; 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.
Minds and Machines, Springer 2020, Vol. 30, (2) : 177-194
Dignum, Frank; Dignum, Virginia; Davidsson, Paul; 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
Transactions on Data Privacy, Transactions on Data Privacy 2020, Vol. 13, (1) : 61-66
Nanni, Mirco; Andrienko, Gennady; Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo; 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.
Proceedings of the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Aler Tubella, Andrea; Theodorou, Andreas; Dignum, Frank; et al.
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.

Research groups

Head of research
Socially aware AI

Research projects

1 June 2020 until 1 June 2024
1 June 2020 until 1 June 2024
1 March 2020
1 February 2020 until 1 February 2024
1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023