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11 new research groups within WASP-HS on the challenges and impact of AI

The national research program The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society (WASP-HS) expands its contribution to the humanities and social sciences research for studies on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems with support to eleven new research groups.

The new investment will fund 11 research groups at 9 Swedish universities. Each funding package covers the recruitment of one assistant professor and one PhD student in order for the universities to create or strengthen research groups in the area. Recruitments will be open to international competition and will be handled by each university. Another PhD student or postdoc will be funded by the respective universities.

The 11 research groups span a number of areas such as art, music and games, democracy, media, social interaction with autonomous units, health issues, agent-based social simulation, forest industry, law and political communication.

“We are very happy to announce these positions which will provide a very important boost to the strengthening and extending Swedish excellence in humanities and the social sciences to research the impact of AI and autonomous systems on humanity and society,” says Virginia Dignum, WASP-HS Program Director and Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University.

“Working together across disciplines and across universities, these researchers will form a multidisciplinary team strengthening and developing research topics and education towards the development of a new generation of researchers well versed in the core topics of WASP-HS,” Virginia Dignum says.

Funded groups:

Chalmers University of Technology:
Interactive AI – Ethics and aesthetics of human-machine interaction in art, music, and games

University of Gothenburg:
AI, the Social Contract and Democracy

KTH Royal Institute of Technology:
Media and Environment AI and Autonomous Systems in Data-based Environmental Research

Lund University:
Social interaction with autonomous artefacts

Malmö University (2 groups):
AI and the everyday political-economy of global health
Realizing the potential of agent-based social simulation

SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences:
Challenges and social consequences of artificial intelligence in Swedish forests

Stockholm University:
AI and Law

Umeå University:
Human-Centered AI for Health, Autonomy and Wellbeing

Uppsala University (2 groups):
AI and Political Communication
AI-based RegTech

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