Combining expertise from Melbourne Law School, the Melbourne School of Engineering, the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics (CAIDE) will bring interdisciplinary insights to AI and digital ethics with a uniquely Australian focus.
CAIDE will conduct interdisciplinary research and teaching, lead public engagement and debate, support emerging researchers, and collaborate with national and international industry and university partners to promote understanding and expertise in AI and Digital ethics.
CAIDE seeks to:
- facilitate multidisciplinary research, teaching and leadership in the fields of AI and digital ethics
- assist government, business and other organisations in holding themselves to the highest standards of ethics and equity in their use of new digital and AI technologies
- promote the fair, safe and accountable introduction, use, regulation and evaluation of AI and digital technologies
- ensure that University of Melbourne graduates and community have the insight, knowledge and expertise to engage with these issues
- Iyad Rahwan
Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Iyad Rahwan is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, where he founded the Center for Humans & Machines. He is also an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is an affiliate faculty at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS), and member of the MIT Taskforce on the Work of the Future. Rahwan's work lies at the intersection of computer science and human behavior, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the societal impact of Artificial Intelligence and social media.
- Virginia Dignum
Professor, Umeå University (Sweden)
Virginia Dignum is Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden and associated with the TU Delft in the Netherlands. She is the scientific director of WASP-HS, the Wallenberg Program on Humanities and Society for AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethically Alligned Design, and a founding member of ALLAI-NL, the Dutch AI Alliance. She is the author of “Responsible Artificial Intelligence: developing and using AI in a responsible way” published by Springer in 2019.
The activities of CAIDE revolve around four themes: fairness, accountability, transparency and privacy. CAIDE will lead research, teaching and engagement on these themes, addressing each in the context of particular challenges and opportunities presented in Australia.
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