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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.

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Affiliation
Professor at Department of Computing Science Role: Deputy head of department, Deputy head of department
Location
MIT-huset, Umeå universitet, MIT.B.443 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliation
Affiliated as other position at Centre for Transdiciplinary AI Role: Director

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.

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.
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, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2022 : 124-140
Lobo, Inês; Rato, Diogo; Prada, Rui; 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
International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
Dignum, Frank; Corchado, Juan Manuel; De la Prieta, Fernando
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 : 383-395
Melchior, A.; Dignum, Frank; Ruiz, M.
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 : 285-290
Mertens, A.; Feliciani, Thomas; Heidari, S.; et al.
Ethics and Information Technology, Springer 2021, Vol. 23 : 1-6
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.
A-TEST 2021 - Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Automating TEST Case Design, Selection, and Evaluation, co-located with ESEC/FSE 2021, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2021 : 1-8
Shirzadehhajimahmood, Samira; Prasetya, I.S.W.B.; Dignum, Frank; et al.
Deceptive AI: First International Workshop, DeceptECAI 2020, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, August 30, 2020 and Second International Workshop, DeceptAI 2021, Montreal, Canada, August 19, 2021, Proceedings, Springer Nature 2021 : 17-26
Smith, Wally; Kirley, Michael; Sonenberg, Liz; 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
JASSS: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Guildford: JASSS 2020, Vol. 23, (4)
Boshuijzen-van Burken, Christine; Gore, Ross; Dignum, Frank; et al.
Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics, IOS Press 2020 : 515-519
Clodic, Aurélie; Dignum, Frank; Fernández Castro, Víctor; et al.
Minds and Machines, Springer 2020, Vol. 30, (2) : 177-194
Dignum, Frank; Dignum, Virginia; Davidsson, Paul; 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.
2020 IEEE 13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOFTWARE TESTING, VALIDATION AND VERIFICATION (ICST 2020), IEEE Communications Society 2020 : 414-417
Prada, Rui; Prasetya, I. S. W. B.; Kifetew, Fitsum; 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