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Loïs Vanhée

Teaching and researching in ethical and responsible AI, anxiety-sensitive planning, social simulation in crisis situation, and responsible design pedagogy.



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Associate professor at Department of Computing Science
MIT-huset, Umeå universitet, MIT.C.439 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

As prime research interest, I am studying how to use and have AI being used for the social interest, under the general spectrum of ethical and responsible AI.

As more concrete directions, I am currently working on in designing AI systems that are able of accounting for and acting towards avoiding causing anxiety to human users. Notably, I personally contribute to the field of anxiety-sensitive planning in Markovian environments.

I am also involved in studying how responsible design is currently being taught and in developping guidelines, methods, and tools for this discipline to be best taught in the future.

Last, I am contributing to the study of using social simulation in crisis situation. Notably, I have been the lead designer of the ASSOCC project --one of the most complete social simulation of the COVID-19 pandemic and one of the largest social simulation projects ever created.

In the past, I have been working extensively in social simulation, modelling (human values, human cultures), markov decision processes, and robotics. I also have played with quite a bit of multi-agent systems techniques and worked in industry for a year.

(Partial) portfolio

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Affiliate member of the CRAFT Research Lab 

Research groups

Group member

Research projects

1 June 2021 until 1 June 2022
1 March 2020

Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence

Computational logic

Scientific advising of Master's thesis