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For over three decades, the University of Amsterdam has featured world-class research and education programmes on artificial intelligence (AI). To continue and strengthen this tradition, we have organised an event that brings together researchers working on AI technologies and on their societal applications and impact. This event also marks the launch of the new Research Priority Area, Human(e) AI, which aims to synthesise ongoing work and stimulate new research on the societal consequences of AI.

Detail Summary
Date 15 May 2019
Time 09:15 -17:30
The birth of artificial intelligence

Researchers and students from all faculties at the UvA are warmly invited to the event of AI at the University of Amsterdam on May 15, 2019. This interdisciplinary one-day event will celebrate and showcase the diversity of AI research and education at the university. During the day, the Rector Magnificus and key UvA researchers will provide an overview of AI research at UvA and participate in panels discussing the three main foci of the new Research Priority Area of Human(e) AI: AI & Society, AI & Public Values and AI & Science.

The event aims to bring together scholars interested in AI research by showcasing existing research and enabling networking in dedicated sessions with the purpose of considering interdisciplinary research projects that may be submitted for seed funding by the RPA. A call for seed funding will be launched immediately after the event.

Practical information

Location: UvA Roeterseiland Campus
Language of event: English

Update 29/04: Due to the great interest in the event, all places are booked out already, and we have to work with a waiting list. For those who were not able to get a seat we will live stream the event. You can still register to receive information about the call for proposals.

Full program

9.00-9.30 Registration

Coffee and tea

9.30-10.15 Opening: AI at the University of Amsterdam

Chair: Julia Noordegraaf 

  • Opening by Rector Magnificus
  • Keynote by Maarten de Rijke
  • Introduction of new RPA by Natali Helberger 

Plenary panels

Three plenary panels will develop the thematic foci of the new RPA.

10.15-11.00 Panel I: AI & Society

Panelists: Maarten de Rijke, Bernhard Rieder, Claes de Vreese, Raquel Fernández
Chair: Theo Araujo

The migration to more data-driven and machine-learning enabled forms of decision making will directly affect the actual decision making processes and players involved. Societal issues and effects on individuals and groups need investigation, including the influence on trust and individual and collective participation in the political system, economy, and culture. The panel will bring different perspectives towards a research agenda about the host of new legal, ethical and societal questions about the adequate division of tasks, legal and ethical responsibilities, fundamental rights and societal impact of these technologies.

11.00-11.20 coffee

11.20-12.05 Panel II: AI & Values  

Panelists: Natali Helberger, Ulle Endriss, Beate Roessler, Iris van Domselaar
Chair: Jef Ausloos

There is clearly the need for more conceptual, normative research into the fundamental rights, societal values and ethics of automated decision making, what these values are and should be, and how they must guide automated decision making. The panel will discuss how such research can be articulated and, in particular, how these values should be developed in tandem with technical research.

12.05-12.50 Panel III: AI & Science

Panelists: Max Welling, Sonja Smets, Han van der Maas, Julia Noordegraaf, Ivana Isgum
Chair: Thomas Poell

AI technology invites continuous critical assessment of the origin and composition of data, how technology processes data and shapes its output, and requires the participation of societal actors. The panel will provide input towards a research agenda that includes the development of strategies to translate normative frameworks for evaluating bias, detecting presupposed notions of meaning in reasoning processes, explaining the effect of epistemic and rationality assumptions, analyzing methods to boost comprehensibility, explainability and interpretability, and formulating recommendations for best practices and methodological criteria.

12.50-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.45 parallel workshops

Workshop sessions to formulate initial proposals for interdisciplinary research projects along the three thematic foci: (1) Society (2) Values and (3) Science

  • 14.00-14.15 Information about seed funding and call for proposals
  • 14.15-15.00 Fishbowl format: exploring the problem space and freely formulating  initial ideas for research proposals within the chosen track.
  • 15.00-15.15 Participants get the opportunity to create one slide for a potential research project, following the fishbowl conversation.
  • 15.15-16.00 Participants can pitch their research project, which they have just formulated or brought to the event.
  • 16.00-16.45 Networking on research proposals. Participants split up in smaller groups to discuss the research ideas that have been pitched.

17.00-18.30 Closing statements and networking drinks

More information

For more information, please contact

Human(e) AI Steering Board

Natali Helberger, Julia Noordegraaf, Maarten de Rijke, Sonja Smets, Claes de Vreese