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Virginia Dignum

Professor, Wallenberg chair on Responsible Artificial Intelligence.

Scientific Director of WASP-HS (Humanities and Society). 

 

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Affiliation
Location
Plan 4, MIT-huset, D447 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My research focuses on the complex interconnections and interdependencies between people, organizations and technology. My work ranges from the engineering of practical applications and simulations to the development of formal theories that integrate agency and organization, and includes a strong methodological design component. My current research directions are:

  • Responsible artificial intelligence. Which moral and ethical issues arise from the activity of autonomous intelligent agents in teams? How can activity be regulated? How can intelligent agents and other synthetic entities reason about and take decisions on moral questions.
  • Analyze and formalization of social interaction. The aim is to study the effect of social and organizational structure taking into account the autonomy and heterogeneity of participants and the societal and legal values holding in the context. To this end, we are developing formal theories and a computational architecture for agent deliberation based on social-practices.
  • Design and evaluation of human-agent teamwork. Central research question here is how do people interact (negotiate, trust, cooperate) with autonomous cognitive entities in a social setting and the development of agent-based simulations of complex socio-technical domains.

Given the increasing importance of understang the impact of AI at societal, ethical and legal level, I am actively involved in several international initiatives on policy and strategy guidelines for AI research and applications. As such I am a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, the World Economic Forum Council on AI, the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethically Aligned Design of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, the Delft Design for Values Institute, the European Global Forum on AI (AI4People), the Responsible Robotics Foundation, the Dutch AI Alliance on AI (ALLAI-NL) and of the ADA-AI foundation

In recognition of my research, in 2018 I was appointed Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI). In 2006, I received the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for my work on computational agent-based organizational frameworks. I speak often on the social and ethical impact of AI at conferences, meetings and other events, have published extensively on the topic, and am a member of program committees of most major journals and conferences in AI.

I am also associated with the Faculty Technology Policy and Management at the Delft University of Technology. See here what I do there. 

I actively tweet about AI and its social and ethical impact. You can follow me on @vdignum.

2019
Proceedings of the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Aler Tubella, Andrea; Theodorou, Andreas; Dignum, Frank; et al.
2019
AISafety 2019, Macao, August 11-12, 2019
Aler Tubella, Andrea; Dignum, Virginia
2019
JASSS: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, J A S S S 2019, Vol. 22, (1)
Mercuur, Rijk; Dignum, Virginia; Jonker, Catholijn M.
2018
Minds and Machines, Springer 2018, Vol. 28, (4) : 689-707
Floridi, Luciano; Cowls, Josh; Beltrametti, Monica; et al.
2018
Envisioning Robots in Society: Power, Politics, and Public Space
Dignum, Virginia; Dignum, Frank; Vázquez-Salceda, Javier; et al.
2018
Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security: SAFECOMP 2018 Workshops, Springer 2018 : 494-506
Verdiesen, Ilse; Dignum, Virginia; Rahwan, Iyad
2018
Proceedings of the 2018 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society, New York: ACM Publications 2018 : 60-66
Dignum, Virginia; Baldoni, Matteo; Baroglio, Christina; et al.
2018
Ethics and Information Technology, Vol. 20, (1) : 1-3
Dignum, Virginia
2018
Pacific Rim Knowledge Acquisition Workshop, Springer 2018 : 32-45
Richards, Deborah; Dignum, Virginia; Ryan, Malcolm; et al.
2018
ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, ACM 2018, Vol. 18, (4) : 43:1-43:20
Verdiesen, Ilse; Dignum, Virginia; Van Den Hoven, Jeroen
2018
30th Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence,: BNAIC 2018 Preproceedings : 133-147
Mercuur, Rijk; Larsen, John Bruntse; Dignum, Virginia
2018
International Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018, Vienna, Austria, February 14-17, 2018
Clodic, Aurélie; Vázquez-Salceda, Javier; Dignum, Frank; et al.
2018
10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence: (Volume 2)
Larsen, John Bruntse; Dignum, Virginia; Villadsen, Jørgen; et al.
2018
2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) : 4069-4083
Shults, F LeRon; Wildman, Wesley J; Dignum, Virginia
2018
Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM 2018 : 1-8
Thelisson, Eva; Sharma, Kshitij; Salam, Hanan; et al.
2018
Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security, Springer International Publishing 2018 : 521-534
Winikoff, Michael; Dignum, Virginia; Dignum, Frank

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