Netherlands, Tilburg

Building World's Most Trusted Robot

when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 500

New technologies can be either blessings or devils in device. In the traditional view on the social sciences and humanities in relation to technology, these disciplines are believed to have a limited, secondary role with a large emphasis on issues like facilitating the acceptance and user-friendliness of technology or merely legal issues like privacy protection.

Seen from a more contemporary viewpoint, the social sciences and humanities take a more fundamental and primary position, seeing technology development as a means to an end rather than as an end in itself. The key issue is about values: how can we align autonomous and self-learning technology with values, our human values. We explore the key steps and requirements to build trusted and trustworthy applications of autonomous and intelligent technology that align with human values.

Course aim

In the course, we combine high-level academic knowledge on AI and values with hands-on development of building blocks for trustworthy AI. Students will be able to apply the knowledge they have gained in the lectures immediately in the design-sessions in the afternoon. Combined with visits to companies and institutions the course will address the issue of Values and AI from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

During this week course you will get:
An intensive one week program of interdisciplinary and interactive lectures
Interdisciplinary lecturers who teach from both an academic and practical perspective (e.g. research and field expertise);
Joint watching and discussing of relevant documentaries/movies.
Company and/or Robot lab visit.
Design thinking sessions to develop building blocks for trustworthy AI

In the course, we combine high-level academic knowledge on AI and values with hands-on development of building blocks for trustworthy AI. Students will be able to apply the knowledge they have gained in the lectures immediately in the design-sessions in the afternoon. Combined with visits to companies and institutions the course will address the issue of Values and AI from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

You will gain:
Students will identify, analyze and assess values and goals that are key to the development of trustworthy AI. Students assess the critical conditions that shed light on the issues where we, as humans, have or have not succeeded to implement these values effectively. Through Design Thinking sessions we research, identify, and define the building blocks that represent and constitute the most important human values and their critical conditions and implications when it comes to robots’ and AI’s decision-making and study how these values can be properly communicated.

Final assessment
In the assignments of the course students from groups that conduct research in order to deliver ‘building blocks’, i.e. key insights and results that add up in building trusted robotics and AI applications. At the final session of the course these building blocks are being evaluated and assembled.

Fee info

EUR 500: Course fee: €500

- 10% early bird discount when registering before March 31st, 2020
- 10% discount for students from partner universities*

*Combining discounts is not possible.

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