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Abstract of the 1. TRR 318 Conference Explaining Machines 2022

Today's most advanced machine learning algorithms are often incomprehensible to humans, including those who designed them. How can we achieve an understandable explanation of their processes? This is currently one of the crucial questions for artificial intelligence projects. Should we be able to explain how machines work, or should the machines learn to explain themselves? The ambiguity in the title of our conference contains the coexistence of two possibilities: machines explaining themselves or humans explaining machines – or maybe both at the same time.

If explaining machines should have a social and political impact, it is not enough that they are understandable to computer science experts. Explaining machines needs to include different socially situated and diverse humans. The issues are complex and involve multiple skills. Computer scientists who design machines must collaborate with social scientists who study understanding (and the lack thereof), the process of explanation, and their conditions. Now more than ever, the challenge of artificial intelligence projects is as much social as technological, and our conference addresses this by stimulating the debate, presenting the variety of perspectives and insights developed by the social sciences in the context of XAI.

Conference Speakers

Speaker

Research Areas

Dominique Cardon
médialab Sciences Po
- Scientific director of the Mèdialab, Sciences Po
- Research areas: communication technologies, sociotechnology
Philipp Cimiano
Bielefeld University

- Co-Speaker and Project Leader at TRR 318
- Professer at Bielefeld University
- Research areas: databases, the interface of knowledge representation and language processing

Elena Esposito
Bielefeld University

- Project Leader at TRR 318
- Professor at Bielefeld University and University Bologna
- Research areas: sociology, systems theory, sociotechnology

Mireille Hildebrandt
Radboud University Nijmegen

- Research Professor on ‘Interfacing Law and Technology’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussels and Radboud University Nijmegen
- Research areas: automated decision making, machine learning and mindless artificial agency for law and the rule of law in constitutional democracie

Tobias Matzner
Paderborn University

- Project Leader at TRR 318
- Professor for „Media, Algorithms, and Society“ at the department of media studies at Paderborn University
- Research areas: media and technology, political theory, new materialism, queer- and gender studies, critical phenomenology

Frank Pasquale
Brooklyn Law School
- Professor of Law at Brookly Law School
- Research areas: law of AI, algorithms, and machine learning
Bernhard Rieder
University of Amsterdam
- Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam
- Research areas: history, theory, and politics of software
Antoinette Rouvroy
University of Namur
- Se­ni­or re­se­ar­cher at the Re­se­arch Cent­re In­for­ma­ti­on, Law and So­cie­ty, Law Fa­cul­ty, Uni­ver­si­ty of Na­mur
- Research areas: data science, al­go­rith­mic go­vern­men­ta­li­ty
David Weinberger
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
at Harvard University
- Senior researcher and member of the Fellows Advisory Board at the Berkman Klein Center
- Research areas: effects of the Internet and AI

 

Conference Program

Thursday, 23 June 2022

10:30 to 11:00 Registration
11:00 to 11:30 Introduction
11:30 to 13:00

Session One - Chair: Frank Pasquale

David Weinberger
Elena Esposito
Discussant: Fabian Beer

13:00 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 15:30

Session Two - Chair: Dominique Cardon

Bernhard Rieder
Tobias Matzner
Discussant: Britta Wrede

15:30 to 16:00 Break
16:00 to 17:30

Session Three - Chair: Britta Wrede

Mireille Hildebrandt
Discussant: Suzana Alpsancar

17:30 to 18:30

Session Four- Chair: Tobias Matzner

General Discussion

Friday, 24 June 2022

09:30 to 11:00

Session Five - Chair: Katharina Rohlfing

Frank Pasquale
Philipp Cimiano
Discussant: tba

11:00 to 11:30 Break
11:30 to 13:00

Session Six - Chair: Miereille Hildebrandt

Dominique Cardon
Discussant: Katharina Rohlfing

13:00 to 14:00 Lunch
14:00 to 16:00

Session Seven - Chair: Elena Esposito

General Discussion