Project

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Fair Artificial Intelligence Reasoning (FAIR)

Initiative: Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future
Call : Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future - Planning Grant
Allocation: Feb 7, 2019
Period of funding: 9 Months

Project information

The interdisciplinary project FAIR sets out to investigate fair artificial intelligence. It addresses the following pivotal questions: How can theoretical concepts about fairness be integrated in algorithms? What are fair data and how can they be used for training artificial intelligence (AI)? Do people perceive decisions made by fair algorithms to be more legitimate than those made by human actors? Which factors contribute to perceiving algorithms as fair? FAIR uses higher education as a case in point. It tackles the emerging challenges for universities to apply machine learning systems which succumb to substantial biases and therefore may reinforce ethnic or gender stereotypes or marginalize minorities in society. Potential applications for AI in higher education are manifold. They include the provision of data-driven tools that enable future students to make more informed choices about whether to study at a university, as well as improving the choice about location and subject. From the perspective of universities, AI may contribute to admitting students based on more comprehensive and thus fairer criteria than grade point average (GPA). Novel technologies furthermore enable tailored tutoring programs to prevent potential student dropouts. Ensuring that machine learning algorithms reduce unfair and discriminatory biases that exist in the real world is a crucial challenge when applying AI in institutions of higher education.The final aim of this project is to program novel algorithms based on the principle of fairness and ultimately implement them at university level.

Project participants

  • Prof. Dr. Frank Marcinkowski

    Universität Düsseldorf
    Philosophische Fakultät
    Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
    Kommunikations- & Medienwissenschaft
    Düsseldorf

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rosar

    Universität Düsseldorf
    Philosophische Fakultät
    Dekanat Philosophische Fakultät
    Geb. 24.51.01.33
    Düsseldorf

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Harmeling

    Universität Düsseldorf
    Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Informatik
    Düsseldorf

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Conrad

    Universität Düsseldorf
    Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Institut für Informatik
    Düsseldorf

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Leuschel

    Universität Düsseldorf
    Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Informatik
    Düsseldorf