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HUMAINT Winter School “Artificial Intelligence and its ethical, social, legal and economic impact

AI, both embedded in systems or embodied in artefacts (e.g robots), is increasingly everywhere. It affects everyone, and has the capability to transform public and private organisations and the services and products they offer. Whereas AI has huge potential to make our lives easier, and help us to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, there are increasing concerns about its impact on humans and society. The development and use of AI raises fundamental ethical, legal and economic issues for society, which are of vital importance to our future.

The HUMAINT winter school is conceived as a one-week interdisciplinary discussion forum about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems on human behaviour and the related ethical, social, economic and legal issues. The winter school is structure in two main parts, both sharing a panel discussion and a poster session:
1. The first part (Mon-Tue) provide and introduction to the state of the art and current challenges of AI, targeting non-specialist technical audiences including developers, journalists or policy makers. It is structured in a series of lectures, a panel discussion and a poster session .
2. The second part (Tue-Fri) includes research-oriented discussions and project-based team work on a set of ethical, legal and societal issues related to recent advancement in AI. This part is designed for early stage researchers (PhD students and postdocs) working in academic institutions and industry. It is structured in a series of lectures, project-based work with tutors and tutoring sessions on research projects by experts in the field.

The school takes place in Seville from 4-8 February 2018 and is organized by the HUMAINT project (Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission). There is place for around 40 participants during the first, non-technical, part of the school and 30 students for the scientific component (2nd part).

Academic coordination: Prof. Virginia Dignum (Umeå University), Dr. Emilia Gómez (JRC and Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Further information and program: .


Important dates

• Application deadline for financial support (only participants on the scientific component): 15 October 2018
• Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2018
• Registration for people not needing financial support will stay open while space is available.

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