EIS at the Volkswagen Foundation’s Kick-Off Symposium

On November 7 and 8, EIS members Kevin Baum, Holger Hermanns, Lena Kästner, and Eva Schmidt participated in the kick-off symposium for the Volkswagen Foundation’s funding initiative “AI and the Society of the Future”. We presented a poster giving an overview over our project and Holger introduced EIS in a five-minute lightning talk. It was […]

EIS at RE’19

One of the biggest coups for EIS was to have a paper accepted at the renowned IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference during the project’s planning grant period. Consequently, Maximilian Köhl and Timo Speith, two of the paper’s authors, flew to South Korea to present their work to an interested community. During their stay, both of them […]

Our first workshop: Issues in Explainable AI

After months of preparation, we were happy to successfully launch our very first workshop “Issues in Explainable AI: Black Boxes, Recommendations, and Levels of Explanation” on September 30, 2019. Researchers from different disciplines gave their presentations in front of a broad and engaging audience. The interest in our workshop was so high that our workshop […]

Public outreach event at Saarbrücken town hall

Yesterday, the final part of our three-day workshop took place: the public discussion ”Erklärbare Intelligente Systeme: Verstehen. Verantwortung. Vertrauen.” (Explainable Intelligent Systems: Understanding. Responsibility. Trust.) We were happy that the Saarland University president Prof. Manfred J. Schmitt accepted our invitation and addressed the audience at the beginning of the evening. In his address, he expressed […]

EIS at the conference for industrial, organizational and economic psychology (AOW) 2019 in Braunschweig (September 26, 2019)

Last week, Lena Kästner and Markus Langer had the opportunity to present the topic Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) and the idea behind our research project Explainable Intelligent Systems (EIS) to an attentive audience at the AOW 2019. A fascinating discussion was prompted, following the presentation of the two researchers and after having bridged the terminological […]

Workshop: final program, abstracts, new location, …

You can now download the final version of our program as well as a compilation of abstracts on our workshop page. Please note that due to high demand, our workshop location has been changed to building E 2.1, room 0.1. In case you are not familiar with our campus, please find a map of it […]

EIS goes green

At the invitation of the local university branch of the Fridays for Future movement, Kevin Baum gave a talk on digitization and climate change. Besides an overview of the direct and indirect effects of digital products, he also emphasized the need for better ways of decision-making in a complex world with interdependent policy possibilities. He […]

EIS goes Athens: ESPP 2019

At the beginning of September, the EIS team contributed the interdisciplinary symposium on “Explainable Intelligent Systems and the Trustworthiness of Artificial Experts” for the third time. We presented at the 27th International Conference of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP), with Viviane Hähne, Lena Kästner, Daniel Oster, and Timo Speith as speakers. In […]

EIS Symposium at EuroCogSci 2019 in Bochum

The EIS team contributed an interdisciplinary symposium on “Explainable Intelligent Systems and the Trustworthiness of Artificial Experts” to the conference EuroCogSci, with Tina Feldkamp, Daniel Oster, Eva Schmidt, and Timo Speith as speakers. We used the symposium to give some of our junior researchers a chance to present in front of an international audience, and […]

For Otherwise We Don’t Know What They Are Doing: Why AI Systems Need to Be Explainable

Intelligent systems increasingly support or take over human decisions. This development influences all areas of human life: Intelligent systems recommend new shows on streaming portals, support online searches by giving recommendations, automatically screen thousands of applicants, predict crime, or support medical diagnosis. Systems support human decision-making and work tasks by filtering and analyzing information, providing […]

New Blood for EIS

At the beginning of this month, Daniel Oster submitted his master’s thesis entitled “Explanation Requirements Concerning Artificial Systems – How to Transmit Transparency from Designer Side to Non-Designer Side”. Shortly thereafter, it was confirmed that Daniel has passed his thesis with success. He will henceforth support EIS as a full-fledged collaborator, and not just as […]

Predictive Policing: Andreas Sesing at the Filmhaus Saarbrücken

Software predicting when and where a crime is about to be committed: What may sound like a scenario from science fiction in the style of ”Minority Report” has in the meantime become reality in cities such as Chicago, London or Munich. And whether we are dangerous subjects is already being decided by computers these days. […]

EIS at the 20th Fall Academy of the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science

Kevin Baum and Andreas Sesing will partake in the 20th Fall Academy of the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science (DSRI). Their paper on ”Requirements for the Explainability of Machine-aided Decisions” (”Anforderungen an die Erklärbarkeit maschinengestützter Entscheidungen”) was accepted. The Fall Academy is taking place in Bremen between September 11 and September 14, 2019. […]

EIS goes Rome: ICIL 2019

Last week, Timo Speith, Felix Bräuer, and Markus Langer from the EIS team presented the Panel “Explainable Intelligent Systems and the Trustworthiness of Artificial Experts” at the 9th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics in Rome. In the course of the project, we are going to present this panel a total of three times, […]

A retreat in the woods

EIS is a highly interdisciplinary research project. For this reason, we have been working hard on bridging the gap between different faculties. Until now, we have been doing this on a mainly theoretical level, including (but not limited to) attending weekly meetings, explaining our domain-specific jargons to each other and attending talks together. This time, […]

Paper accepted for RE’19

We are proud to announce that the EIS-influenced paper »Explainability as a Non-Functional Requirement« by Maximilian Köhl, Dimitri Bohlender, Kevin Baum, Markus Langer, Daniel Oster, and Timo Speith has been accepted for the 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference at Jeju Island, South Korea (23th to 27th September).

Delivering EIS to the Broad Public II

Kevin Baum continues to deliver insights from our project to the broad public in four non-scientific talks this month alone. The second two are taking place this week. On June 24, Kevin will give a talk on the ethical dimensions of algorithms used to predict remaining lifetime and premature deaths at the Hospizgespräche of the […]

Delivering EIS to the Broad Public

Kevin Baum will deliver fresh insights from our project to the broad public in four non-scientific talks this month alone. The first two are taking place next week. On June 11, Kevin will give a talk on ethical aspects of the application of algorithms in health care and medical care at the 372th Saarlandic Conference […]

Felix Bräuer presented “Trusting Artificial Experts” at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

In March 2019 Felix Bräuer (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Saarland University) has given a talk on “Trusting Artificial Experts” at the workshop Epistemic Trust in the Epistemology of Expert Testimony (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg). In his talk, Felix Bräuer has discussed which notions of trust are and aren’t applicable to our dealings with artificial intelligent recommender […]

Eva Schmidt presents “Künstliche Intelligente Systeme: Vertrauen und Verstehen” at University of Zurich

On Monday, May 27, at 4:15 pm, Eva Schmidt will give a talk entitled “Künstliche Intelligente Systeme: Vertrauen und Verstehen”/”Artificial Intelligent Systems: Trust and Understanding” as part of a cycle of lectures on artificial intelligence organized by the philosophy students at the University of Zurich.

EIS at Saarland University’s Open Day

EIS is contributing two talks to Saarland University’s open day. Timo Speith (research assistant: Chair of Theoretical Philosophy) will give an introduction to the Dimensions of Machine Explainability (10 am, room HS 26, building B4 1). After that, Kevin Baum (research assistant: Chair of Practical Philosophy, Dependable Systems Group) will present current research regarding the […]

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