This month we welcomed two new Postdoc Researchers who joined us following the RPA Human(e) AI Call ‘Responsible AI from a SSH perspective’. Meet Anthi Solaki and Christopher Starke!
I recently completed my PhD dissertation at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation (University of Amsterdam) under the supervision of Sonja Smets and Franz Berto. My project “Logic meets real reasoners” aimed at the logical modelling of aspects of human reasoning, informed by facts on the bounds of human cognition. My broad research interests span across logic, formal epistemology, and psychology of reasoning, while I’m also interested in the formal modelling of social network phenomena. I previously obtained a MSc degree in Logic at the ILLC and a BSc degree in Mathematics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.My overarching goal is to advance these lines of research towards the development of applications for intelligent interaction, with an emphasis on their responsible and collaborative aspect. I believe that the RPA is the perfect environment for me to embark on this challenge, due to its human-centered perspective and the diversity of expertise and societal actors it brings together.
Since 2018, I have worked as a post-doc for political communication at the Department of Social Sciences at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. Before, received my Ph.D. from the University of Münster for a monograph about the effects of media identity framing on European solidarity. In my post-doc, my research focused on ‘AI for Democracy’ and ‘Algorithmic Fairness’. Furthermore, I am affiliated with the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID) and the Heine Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (HeiCAD). I am currently a Principal Investigator in the interdisciplinary research projects’ Discourse Data 4 Policy’ and ‘Responsible Academic Performance Prediction’. I am also the co-founder and co-host of KickBack – The Global Anticorruption Podcast I aim to research the intersection between (political) communication research and AI research; topics include automated journalism or the social implications of recommender algorithms on social media. I look forward to working with researchers from other disciplines such as computer science, law, or humanities on the pressing societal challenge of responsible AI.
The RPA Humane AI offers an excellent interdisciplinary environment to investigate the societal challenges of AI. I’m motivated to establish the RPA as a leading research hub in Europe on humane and responsible AI. Last but not least, as a bike enthusiast, I look forward to riding through the streets of Europe’s bike capital.