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BIFOLD Research Colloquium "Research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, social sciences & humanities" by Andrea Hamm and Martin Schüßler, Weizenbaum Institute

Research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, social sciences & humanities

This colloquium highlights the work of the two BIFOLD scientists Andrea Hamm and Martin Schüßler, who work at the intersection of artificial intelligence, social sciences & humanities. They will present their current research as well as discuss possible future projects.
Both organized the scientific program of the 2022 BIFOLD Summer School and invited researchers with expertise in the fields computing within limits, futuring methods, disaster research, and theory on AI ethics. PhD students learned about critical studies and new methods from these neighboring academic fields that integrate well with research on data management and machine learning.

Date & time: August, 29, 2022, 4 pm

Location: virtual

Registration: Please contact pr@bifold.berlin to receive login information

Title: Bridging gaps between computer science and social sciences
Speaker: Andrea Hamm
Abstract: Bridging the gap between computer science and social sciences is important to design and develop more useful technologies for citizens and the public sector. In her talk, Andrea Hamm will present a summary of her research in the domain of Sustainable Cities and Communities. She will also report on the 2022 BIFOLD Summer School.
In her studies, Andrea Hamm focused on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies’ impact on individual people, cities and communities, and journalism. For instance, she conducted a comprehensive survey on edge computing initiatives and developed a roadmap for a sustainable development in the edge computing domain. A particular focus of her research is the use of IoT technologies for civic purposes. For example, she examined long-living civic IoT initiatives in Germany and Japan and revealed a set of key factors that contribute to make such citizen-driven initiatives last over time. In her work, she is emphasizing the importance of public communication and deliberations when it comes to the usefulness of civic technologies. Her areas of expertise include the study of open innovation around the “Journalism of Things,” societal potentials of environmental monitoring, citizen science, and co-creation as well as critical scholarship on “smart cities” and datafication. She conducted interviews and analyses in the domains of air pollution, mobility, social media automation, UAVs (or drones), and sensor technologies.

Title: Human factor investigations of explanations for complex computer vision systems
Speaker: Martin Schüßler
Abstract: Image classification is a popular problem in the field of machine learning. As many other problems in computer vision solving this problem typically requires complex models for which developers and especially users have limited understanding how they produce their results. Many methods for explaining the results of such systems exist. However, the field of interpretable machine learning suffers from a lack of rigorous evaluations assessing whether these methods provide actual benefits for their intended users.
As part of his ongoing dissertation, he has conducted several user studies that address this research gap. With his publications accepted at CHI, IUI and ICLR, he made two major contributions. Firstly, he demonstrated how user grounded evaluations can be approached methodologically, yielding valid, comparable and generalizable results. Secondly, he provided insights about the issues users are facing when reasoning about model behavior using current explanation techniques. In his talk he will summarize the major lessons learned from my studies and outline what methodological criteria future studies need to fulfill to further advance the field.

Andrea Hamm is Doctoral Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and TU Berlin. In her dissertation, she investigates civic technologies for environmental monitoring in the context of making cities and communities more sustainable. She has published at international venues such as at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ICT for Sustainability Conference (ICT4S), and International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI). She focuses her work on the interdisciplinary transition from human-computer interaction (HCI) and design studies to communication studies. She is a member of the German-Japanese Society for Social Sciences and the AI climate change center Berlin-Brandenburg. In 2019, she was a guest researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. Andrea Hamm studied at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), and Université Catholique de Lille (France).




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