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Kary Främling

Professor in Data Science, with emphasis in Data Analysis and Machine Learning. Head of Explainable AI (XAI) team. Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) professor.



Works at

MIT-huset, Umeå universitet, MIT.D.452 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My core research at Umeå University focuses on Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) and notably on so-called "outcome explanation", i.e. explaining and/or justifying results, actions or recommendations made by any kind of AI systems, including (deep or not) neural networks. A core technology is the Contextual Importance and Utility (CIU) method that I developed during my PhD thesis in 1991-1996.  

During 2000-2018, domains such as Intelligent products, Internet of Things, Digital Twin (or Virtual Counterpart/Product Agent) and Systems of Systems were my core domains of research. My research on XAI maintains a strong connection with those domains, i.e. for enabling the use of AI in everyday products and life. Explainability is crucial for ensuring that AI remains "humane", which signifies that AI systems should be able to communicate the reasons for their actions and intentions in ways that are understandable by different end-users and appropriate to the real-life situation at hand. 

AIxIA 2020 – Advances in Artificial Intelligence: XIXth International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Event, November 25–27, 2020, Revised Selected Papers
Fouladgar, Nazanin; Alirezaie, Marjan; Främling, Kary
Proceedings of 1st Workshop on Explainable Agency in Artificial Intelligence, at 35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual: 2021 : 110-114
Främling, Kary
Computers in industry (Print), Elsevier 2021, Vol. 125
Mattila, Juri; Seppälä, Timo; Valkama, Pellervo; et al.
CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI '21 Extended Abstracts)
Omeiza, Daniel; Anjomshoae, Sule; Kollnig, Konrad; et al.
Sensors, MDPI 2021, Vol. 21, (8)
Yousefnezhad, Narges; Malhi, Avleen; Främling, Kary
Anjomshoae, Sule; Kampik, Timotheus; Främling, Kary
Proceedings of the Italian Workshop on Explainable Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Aachen 2020 : 1-13
Fouladgar, Nazanin; Alirezaie, Marjan; Främling, Kary
Sensors, MDPI 2020, Vol. 20, (10)
Fouladgar, Nazanin; Främling, Kary
Explainable, Transparent Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: Second International Workshop, EXTRAAMAS 2020, Auckland, New Zealand, May 9–13, 2020, Revised Selected Papers, Cham: Springer 2020 : 57-74
Främling, Kary
ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)
Huotari, Matti; Arora, Shashank; Malhi, Avleen; et al.
IEEE Access, IEEE 2020, Vol. 8 : 224318-224342
Javed, Asad; Kubler, Sylvain; Malhi, Avleen; et al.
IEEE Access, IEEE 2020, Vol. 8 : 211973-211985
Javed, Asad; Malhi, Avleen; Kinnunen, Tuomas; et al.
Journal of Grid Computing, Springer 2020, Vol. 18 : 57-80
Javed, Asad; Robert, Jérémy; Heljanko, Keijo; et al.
EXTRAAMAS: International Workshop on Explainable, Transparent Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems: Explainable, Transparent Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Switzerland: Springer Nature 2020 : 129-146
Malhi, Avleen; Knapic, Samanta; Främling, Kary
Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, SciTePress 2020 : 216-225
Monga, Hitesh Chander; Kinnunen, Tuomas; Malhi, Avleen; et al.
IJCAI-PRICAI 2020 Workshop on XAI
Westberg, Marcus; Främling, Kary
Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 171
Yousefnezhad, Narges; Malhi, Avleen; Främling, Kary
Explainable, transparent autonomous agents and multi-agent systems: first international workshop, EXTRAAMAS 2019, Montreal, QC, Canada, May 13–14, 2019, revised selected papers, Springer 2019 : 95-109
Anjomshoae, Sule; Främling, Kary; Najjar, Amro
AAMAS '19: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems 2019 : 1078-1088
Anjomshoae, Sule; Najjar, Amro; Calvaresi, Davide; et al.
2019 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops), IEEE 2019 : 220-226
Javed, Asad; Yousefnezhad, Narges; Robert, Jérémy; et al.
WI '19 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, New York: ACM Press 2019 : 393-397
Kampik, Timotheus; Malhi, Avleen; Främling, Kary
2019 IEEE 10th International Conference on Mechanical and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies (ICMIMT), IEEE 2019 : 174-181
Madhikermi, Manik; Främling, Kary
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 11763 LNAI, Springer-Verlag New York 2019 : 110-125
Madhikermi, Manik; Malhi, Avleen; Främling, Kary
Mualla, Yazan; Najjar, Amro; Galland, Stephane; et al.
2019 IEEE 31st International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), IEEE Computer Society 2019 : 1374-1379
Rana, Ashish; Malhi, Avleen; Främling, Kary
Automation in Construction, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 95 : 35-45
Dave, Bhargav; Buda, Andrea; Nurminen, Antti; et al.
IFIP International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems: APMS 2018: Advances in Production Management Systems. Smart Manufacturing for Industry 4.0, Springer 2018 : 343-350
Främling, Kary
2018 IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)
Javed, Asad; Heljanko, Keijo; Buda, Andrea; et al.
2018 Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS)
Karpenko, Anastasiia; Kinnunen, Tuomas; Främling, Kary; et al.
Sensors, MDPI 2018, Vol. 18, (12)
Karpenko, Anastasiia; Kinnunen, Tuomas; Madhikermi, Manik; et al.
2018 3rd International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS), IEEE 2018 : 53-61
Madhikermi, Manik; Yousefnezhad, Narges; Främling, Kary
Yousefnezhad, Narges; Madhikermi, Manik; Främling, Kary
2017 11th International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications (SKIMA)
Hefnawy, Ahmed; Elhariri, Taha; Cherifi, Chantal; et al.
2017 IEEE 19th International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications; IEEE 15th International Conference on Smart City; IEEE 3rd International Conference on Data Science and Systems (HPCC/SmartCity/DSS)
Madhikermi, Manik; Buda, Andrea; Dave, Bhargav; et al.
2017 2nd International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS), IEEE 2017 : 474-480
Madhikermi, Manik; Buda, Andrea; Dave, Bhargav; et al.
Sensors, MDPI 2017, Vol. 17, (12)
Robert, Jérémy; Kubler, Sylvain; Kolbe, Niklas; et al.
MobiQuitous 2017: Proceedings of the 14th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services
Yousefnezhad, Narges; Filippov, Roman; Javed, Asad; et al.

Research groups

Research leader
XAI – Explainable AI