Nov 29: AI Friday – a Humanities Perspective on AI

Welcome to learn more about AI!

The AI Friday workshops are organised as part of the national effort AI Competence for Sweden aimed at increasing knowledge about AI.

Date: Friday December 6

Time: 12.00-14.00

Location: Seminar room next to MIT-Place, MIT Building

Host: Faculty of Humanities, Umeå University

Program to be announced

 

Mark also December 6 in your calendars!

Nov 18: Between hype and hysteria: AI and the Humanities

Place and time: Humlab, Nov 18, 10-16.00

As artificial intelligence systems rapidly diffuse into our contemporary lifeworlds, the possible benefits and hazards of such systems demand continued ethical and political evaluation. More fundamentally, these systems, including social robots, sexbots, and biometric technologies, return us to the most basic questions of the humanities, such as “What does it mean to be human?” and “What are good lives for human beings?”

In our event ”Between hype and hysteria: AI and the Humanities” these questions will be explore through two keynote addresses and a panel discussion. A first presentation by Dr. Charles Ess (University of Oslo) will review carebots, sexbots, “blessing robots,” theomorphic robots, chatbots, and pre-emptive policing systems.  Drawing on diverse perspectives from ethics, philosophical anthropology, and religious studies, he will show how these systems help us gain greater clarity regarding our basic assumptions regarding being human, love and sexuality, and our capacities for freedom and ethical judgment.

The second presentation by Amanda Lagerkvist (Uppsala University) will introduce the project BioMe: Existential challenges and ethical imperatives of biometric AI in everyday lifeworlds” (part of the WASP-HS project) which explores the risks and potentials of AI-driven biometric technologies – e.g., fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition systems, sensors monitoring heart rate, and so on from the perspective of existential media studies, which focuses on the relationships between our originary human technicity, embodied vulnerability and ethical responsibility.

As final of the event a panel discussion will follow, providing the opportunity to pursue these and related issues with the speakers and participants. Gavin Feller, postdoctoral fellow at Humlab, will moderate the discussion.

Schedule

10:00 Intro to event + coffee

10:15-11:30 TALK: “Love, Sex, G*d, and Power: Being/becoming human in an AI world,” Charles Ess

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch (for registered before Nov 12)

12:30 – 14:00 TALK: “BioMe: a new project on AI as existential media”, Amanda Lagerkvist

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30- 16:00 Panel discussion with Charles Ess and Amanda Lagerkvist moderated by Gavin Feller.

Welcome!

BIOs:

Amanda Lagerkvist is a media phenomenologist, an associate professor in media and communication Studies, and a research fellow at the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University. Lagerkvist is also principal investigator of the Uppsala Informatics and Media Hub for Digital Existence: https://www.im.uu.se/research/hub-for-digtal-existence As Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2014-2018) she founded the emergent field of ‘existential media studies’. She is currently working on a monograph, Existential Media, contracted by OUP, which focuses the broader merits of existential philosophy for media studies in the context of the increasing digitalization of death and automation of the lifeworld. In her new project: “BioMe: Existential Challenges and Ethical Imperatives of Biometric AI in Everyday Lifeworlds” (starting 2020, and funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation within WASP-HS: http://wasp-hs.org) she and her group will study the lived experiences of biometric AI, for example voice and face recognition technologies. She chairs the interdisciplinary research network DIGMEX, and she is the editor of Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture (Routledge, 2019) with a foreword by John D. Peters.

Charles M. Ess, (PhD, Pennsylvania State University, USA) is Professor in Media Studies, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. He works across the intersections of philosophy, computing, applied ethics, comparative philosophy and religious studies, and media studies, with emphases on research ethics, Digital Religion, virtue ethics, and social robots. Ess has published extensively on ethical pluralism, culturally-variable ethical norms and communicative preferences in cross-cultural approaches to Information and Computing Ethics, and their applications to everyday digital media technologies; the 3rd edition of his Digital Media Ethics will be published in early 2020. He serves as co-chair and editor of the forthcoming Internet Research Ethics Guidelines 3.0, Association of Internet Researchers. He currently explores possible complementarities between ethics and the social sciences, and their implications for applied ethics in ICT design and implementation, including social robots and AI. Ess is an ethics advisor and/or co-researcher in social robotics projects. He is a founding member of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) and served as President (2012-2016) of the International Society for Ethics in Information Technology (INSEIT).

Gavin Feller is a postdoctoral fellow at Humlab, Umeå University, interested in the intersection of media, religion, and technology. He is currently working on a book on Mormonism and 20th Century new media and conducting research on emerging video filtering technologies for religious audiences.

Dec 6: AI Friday – a Medical and Health Perspective on AI

Welcome to learn more about AI!

The AI Friday workshops are organised as part of the national effort AI Competence for Sweden aimed at increasing knowledge about AI.

Date: Friday December 6

Time: 12.00-15.00

Location: MIT-Place, the MIT-building

Host: Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University

Program to be announced

Nov 22: AI Friday – a Social Science Perspective on AI

Welcome to learn more about AI!

The AI Friday workshops are organised as part of the national effort AI Competence for Sweden aimed at increasing knowledge about AI.  Mark also November 29 and December 6 in your calendars!

Date: Friday November 22

Time: 9.15-15.00

Location: MIT-Place, the MIT-building

Host: Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå University

Register November 19 at the latest: Link

Program

9:15 Welcome and introduction: AI Competence for Sweden @ UmU. Speakers: Gregory Neely, Pro Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Karin Danielsson, AI Competence for Sweden, Faculty of Social Sciences

9:30-9:45 Fundamentals of AI. AI for Cognitive Science students (Bachelor). Teaching a broad subject to a diverse group of 150+ students on campus. Speaker: Adam Dahlgren Lindström, Department of Computing Science, ICT Services and System Development

9:45-10:00 The Ethics of Handling Medical Emergencies with Artificial Intelligence. In this interactive presentation, we will explore a set of proposed ethical guidelines for the use of “black box” artificial intelligence in life-and-death medical emergencies. Speaker: Erik Campano, student

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30-10:45 Organizational change and data analytics – Exploring the implications of AI for management, control and governance. Speakers: Vasili Mankevich and Johan Sandberg, Department of Informatics

10:45-11:00 AI in business education: Insights from the marketing course. Speaker: Galina Biedenbach, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)

11:00-11:20 Statistical Learning (Machine Learning) in Courses for Social Science Students. Speaker: Maria Karlsson, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE)

11:20-11:40 Negotiating Visibility – Interaction Beyond Explainable AI. Speaker: Mikael Wiberg, Department of Informatics

11:40-12:00 Distribution of lunch

12:00-12:15 Introduction: interdisciplinary panel. Moderator: Karin Danielsson

12:15-13:00 Panel (and lunch) Title: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary AI-research

Panellists:

  • Faculty of Social Sciences: Jan Leidö, Department of Law
  • Faculty of Arts: Marlene Johansson Falck, Department of Language Studies
  • Faculty of Medicine: Jenny Persson, Department of Molecular Biology
  • Faculty of Science and Technology: Timotheus Kampik, Department of Computing Science

13:00-13:20 Feminism, Care and Artificial Intelligence. Speaker: Anna Croon, Department of Informatics

13:20-13:40 Using Machine Learning tools in applied research. Speaker: Anders Lundquist, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (USBE), Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB)

13:40-14:00 Artificial Intelligence from a pedagogical perspective. The presentation will give a pedagogical perspective on AI with two practical examples of ongoing research. Speaker: Eva Mårell-Olsson, Department of Applied Educational Science

14:00-14:20 Coffee

14:20-14:40 What you want to know: Using AI to predict and promote the interplay between human curiosity and knowledge acquisition. Speaker: Linus Holm, Department of Psychology

14:40-15:00 Final discussion and closure. Speaker: Karin Danielsson

Oct 11: Development of Responsible AI

Do you want to know more about how to develop responsible AI? Andreas Theodorou will tell you more:

When: Fredag, 11 October, 13.00-13.45

Where: MIT-Place in MIT-huset

The seminars are part of the course ELSEC, organised through the AI Competence for Sweden initiative.

Oct 11: what are collaborative AI and explainable AI?

Do you want to know more about what collaborative AI and Explainable AI are? Helena Lindgren and Kary Främling will tell you more:

When: Fredag, 11 October

8.30-9.15: What is Collaborative AI? (Helena Lindgren)

9.15-10.00: Explainability (Kary Främling)

Where: MIT-Place in MIT-huset

The seminars are part of the course ELSEC, organised through the AI Competence for Sweden initiative.

Oct 4: Real AI is Social AI

Do you want to know more about what socialAI is? Frank Dignum will tell you more:

When: Fredag, 4 October, 13.00-13.45

Where: MIT-Place in MIT-huset

The seminar is part of the course ELSEC, organised through the AI Competence for Sweden initiative.

Oct 4: What is AI and Responsible AI?

Do you want to know more about what AI and responsible AI is? Juan Carlos Nieves and Virginia Dignum will tell you more:

When: Fredag, 4 October, 8.40-10.00

Where: MIT-Place in MIT-huset

The seminar is part of the course ELSEC, organised through the AI Competence for Sweden initiative.

Sept 12 Seminar: The design of Human Oversight for Autonomous Weapon Systems

You are cordially invited to a seminar by Ilse Verdiesen from TU Delft / Royal Netherlands Armed Forces, on September 12 (Thursday).

Time: 13:15 – 14:00, 12.09.2019
Room: N300, Naturvetarhuset

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Title: The design of Human Oversight for Autonomous Weapon Systems

Speaker’s Bio:
Ilse Verdiesen is a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces and a part-time PhD student at Delft University of Technology. She works at the Innovation Centre of the Defence Staff in The Hague and has been deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan in the past. Her PhD research focuses on the design of human oversight of autonomous weapons to study the control mechanisms that are related to meaningful human control and military decision-making processes.

Sept 9 Seminar: Green IoT and Data Analytics for Smart Cities

You are cordially invited to a seminar by Edith Ngai from Uppsala University,  on 9  September (Monday).

Time: 10:15 – 11:15,  9 Sep. 2019
Room: MC323, MIT-Huset

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Title: Green IoT and Data Analytics for Smart Cities
Abstract:
Cities around the world are currently under quick transition towards low carbon environment, high quality of living, and resource efficient economy. Internet of Things (IoT) and big data are powering the smart cities of the future by addressing societal challenges, such as air quality, transportation, and energy efficiency. In this talk, we will present our research project, called Green IoT, which provides artificial intelligence and open data for sustainable development. In this project, we developed an intelligent IoT system for air pollution monitoring in Uppsala, Sweden. We will present the system design, testbed development, and data analytics for urban monitoring and prediction. We will further present how distributed machine learning can provide intelligence and resilience for the IoT systems. Finally, we will highlight our on-going research activities on data analytics and machine learning for decision support in smart cities.
Speaker’s Bio:
Edith Ngai is currently an Associate Professor in Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden. She received her PhD from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007. She was a post-doc in Imperial College London, United Kingdom in 2007-2008. Her research interests include Internet-of-Things, mobile cloud computing, network security and privacy, smart city and urban informatics. She was a guest researcher at Ericsson Research Sweden in 2015-2017. Previously, she was a visiting researcher in Simon Fraser University, Tsinghua University, and UCLA. Edith was a VINNMER Fellow (2009) awarded by Swedish Governmental Research Funding Agency VINNOVA. She served as TPC members in various international conferences, including IEEE ICDCS, IEEE ICC, IEEE Infocom, IEEE Globecom, IEEE/ACM IWQoS, and IEEE CloudCom, etc. She was a program chair of ACM womENcourage 2015, TPC co-chair of IEEE SmartCity 2015, IEEE ISSNIP 2015, and ICNC 2018 Network Algorithm and Performance Evaluation Symposium. She is an Associate Editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transactions of Industrial Informatics, and IEEE Access. Edith is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE.