October 3: Kick-off meeting AI & the Administration of Justice
On 3 October 2019 at 12:00 a kick-off meeting will be organized at the Faculty of Law (seminar room A3.01) for all researchers with an interest in the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in adjudication and the administration of justice. The meeting aims to bring together colleagues from different departments and disciplines to get an overview of the various types of research and perspectives on AI & adjudication within the UvA, as well as to share and develop common research ideas.
This meeting will be the kick-off for a collaboration between IViR and ACLP, within the research themes of the university-wide RPA Humane AI. One of the focus points lies on the need for more conceptual, normative research into the fundamental rights, societal values and ethics of automated decision-making (ADM). ACLP is specifically oriented towards the role and responsibilities of judges, public prosecutors and lawyers. What is the meaning of AI and ADM for the legal professions? Questions that could be raised are, for instance, what skills and ethical/professional guidelines they need to work with AI; how and to what extent AI may replace, supplement or support access to justice, legal proceedings and judicial decision-making; and which norms and values should be prioritized in this process.
We would like to invite everyone who is working on these issues to join us for the meeting. We will start with an introductory round, followed by a paper presentation by Natali Helberger, University professor Law and Digital Technology, and Theo Araujo, co-director of the Digital Communication Methods Lab.
For more information, please contact Anna van Duin or Elke Olthuis.
October 23: Money talks? The impact of corporate funding on academic research in information law and policy
The Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, as part of the European Hub of the Global Network of Centers for Internet and Society (NoC), is organizing a conference to understand the scope, structure, amount, topics and beneficiaries of corporate funding in research, discuss internal safeguards of research independence and integrity, explore interfaces and firewalls between academia and industry and investigate the impact of corporate funding. The do’s and dont’s of private funding and research collaborations with private partners is a topic that is particular relevant in AI research, where private parties play a pivotal role as owners of technology, data and influence.
More information here.
November 19: Perceiving and Interacting with Algorithms and Bots
Most conversational agents are driven by algorithms and bots, striving to create a satisfying user experience. Yet, it is unclear how these agents should look and act. Should they appear human in order to provide users with a natural interaction? Or, will a humanlike appearance needlessly raise their expectations or make users uncomfortable because of their eeriness? Should they be cheery or serious when providing assistance to humans? Should they express empathy to users who express problems or complaints? Answers to such questions require systematic research on the psychological effects of affordances embedded in these agents. This talk by prof. S. Shyam Sundar (Penn State) will provide a framework for conducting research with AI-driven media by invoking the speaker’s Theory of Interactive Media Effects (TIME) and discuss how the cues transmitted by such media affect user experience differently than the user actions invited by them, and provide solutions for resolving the tension between machine agency and human agency. This keynote is also part of Conversations 2019, the 3rd International Workshop on Chatbot Research, hosted by the RPA Communication and its Digital Communication Methods Lab this year.
More information here.
Organizing an AI-related event at the UvA? Send the details to humane-ai[at]uva.nl