Developing Explanations Together

Often, technical explanations presuppose knowledge about AI and are therefore difficult to comprehend. In the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 318 “Constructing Explainability”, researchers are developing ways to involve users in the explanation process and thus create co-constructive explanations. Therefore, the interdisciplinary research team investigates the principles, mechanisms, and social practices of explaining and how these can be taken into account in the design of AI systems. The goal of the project is to make explanatory processes comprehensible and to create understandable assistance systems.


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Junior professor Dr. Benjamin Paaßen, associate member of the TRR, wants to bring autonomy into the digital age with an AI podcast. Together with Dr. Christiane Attig, Paaßen invites interdisciplinary experts from the field of AI research to shed light on black box systems and equip listeners to take part in decision-making in AI matters. News only available in german.

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The latest newsletter of the Transregio (TRR) 318 ‘Constructing Explainability’ provides exciting insights into our current research projects, informative workshops on artificial intelligence (AI) as well as current news and lectures.

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Prof. Dr. Katharina Rohlfing, spokesperson for TRR 318

There are now many books for children and young people on the internet that have been created using generative AI tools. However, the topic of artificial intelligence itself is rarely the subject of these books. Yet this is an important topic for the technologized world in which children and young people are growing up today. Psycholinguist Prof. Katharina Rohlfing explains why this is the case.

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Is this the future of dialogue? The use and impact of chat GPT technologies in society is the subject of controversial debate. While some praise this development as groundbreaking, others see potential risks. In a new series of public talks organised by the Transregio ‘Constructing Explainability’ (TRR 318), two experts will present their research on this highly regarded topic.

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24.06.2024 - 24.06.2024

Work­shop "Work-Life-Bal­ance" led by Ri­carda Kur­ock and Lea Biere

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Pub­lic Talk: Datafc­a­tion, Em­power­ment and Struc­tures of Power

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Pub­lic Talk: Trust and mis­trust in deal­ing with AI chat­bots

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01.07.2024 - 01.07.2024

On­line Talk "In a nut­shell: Nat­ur­al Lan­guage Pro­cessing" (01.07.24, 14-15 h) led by Hen­ning Wachs­muth

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23.08.2024 - 23.08.2024

Writ­ing Day in Pader­born (23.08.24) led by An­drea Karsten

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02.10.2024 - 02.10.2024

On­line Talk “In a Nut­shell: Dis­curse Ana­lys­is" (02.10.24) led by An­drea Karsten

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08.11.2024 - 08.11.2024

Writ­ing Day in Biele­feld (08.11.24) led by An­drea Karsten

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20.11.2024 - 20.11.2024

On­line Talk “In a nut­shell: In­tro/Ret­ro­spect­ive sur­vey meth­ods” (20.11.24, 14-15 h) led by An­drea Karsten

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The areas of research included in TRR 318 are divided into three categories. These three areas in turn are subdivided into interdisciplinary subprojects. Project INF provides an overarching research structure; Project Ö facilitates public relations and outreach; Project Z addresses administrative, organizational, and financial matters; and the RTG Project provides a framework for educating doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.

Alle Projekte

Area A - Explaining

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Area B - Social practice

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Area C - Representing and computing explanations

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Intersecting projects

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The co-construction of explanations is investigated by a total of 22 project leaders with about 50 scientific assistants from linguistics, psychology, media science, sociology, economics, computer science and philosophy at the Bielefeld and Paderborn universities.

AI For­um

Work­shops for AI be­gin­ners

TRR 318 offers hands-on workshops for people with an interest in artificial intelligence and no previous experience in this field. The workshops are aimed at school classes, Stakeholders and medical students.

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Net­work­ing op­por­tun­it­ies

The Integrated Research Training Group structures the further education of PhD students and postdocs. We warmly invite external PhD students to express their interest in a visiting fellowship in our Collaborative Research Center!

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Par­ti­cip­a­tion in sci­entif­ic stud­ies

Many subprojects of TRR 318 investigate human-machine and human-human communication in real-time situations. Interested people can participate in studies and in this way contribute to research.

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What is Explainable Artificial Intelligence? And how does one research it? The researchers at TRR 318 deal with these questions every day. Through various channels (newsletter, podcast, etc.), we want to give an insight into our research, always with the opportunity to ask questions.

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Ques­tions about AI

Artifical Intelligence is still raising many questions. We are trying to address these and answer them.

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Prof. Dr. Katharina Rohlfing

Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 318

Project Leader A01, A05, Z

Write email +49 5251 60-5717


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Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano

Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 318

Project Leader B01, C05, INF

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