Developing Explanations Together

How can humans make sense of decisions made by machines? What do algorithmic approaches tell us? How can artificial intelligence (AI) become something that is understandable?

It is frequently the case that technical explanations require prior knowledge about how AI works and are difficult to follow. In the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre “Constructing Explainability” (TRR 318), researchers are exploring how to integrate users in explanatory processes.

The interdisciplinary research team is approaching this topic from two angles: first by understanding the mechanisms, principles, and social practices behind explanations, and second, by considering how this can be designed into artificial intelligence systems. The goal of the project is to make explanatory processes more intelligible and to create easily understandable assistive systems.

A total of 22 project leads, supported by some 40 researchers at Bielefeld University and Paderborn University from a wide range of fields spanning from linguistics, psychology, and media studies to sociology, economics, and computer science are investigating the co-construction of explanations.


Great success in Lisbon: At the World Conference on eXplainable Artificial Intelligence, the team of the Transregio subproject C03 "Interpretable machine learning: explaining change" won the award for the best scientific publication. Maximilian Muschalik and Fabian Fumagalli travelled to Portugal for the conference and received the award for their paper "iPDP: On Partial Dependence Plots in Dynamic Modelling Scenarios".

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The transregio takes part at the "Expedition Wissenschaft"-Fair. On Friday the 15.09.23 people of all ages can get some insights on how we are researching the explainability of aritfical intelligence.

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Register now for the 2nd TRR Conference "Measuring Understanding" at the Paderborn University

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© Bielefeld University/merydolla/ « back to overview Campus / Research What happens when artificial intelligence engages in dialogue? 22. August 2023 Author: Maria Berentzen Should a bank grant someone a loan? Where should police officers be to prevent a crime? And is surgery or conservative treatment recommended for a brain tumour? Artificial intelligence can often provide reliable answers to such questions.…

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