AI for Social Good workshop

Date: 

Friday, January 1, 2021, 9:10am

Location: 

This workshop is entirely virtual

Join us at IJCAI in January (DATES TBA) for the AI for Social Good workshop. This event will explore how artificial intelligence can contribute to solving social problems and will bring together researchers and practitioners across artificial intelligence and a range of application domains.

Accepted Papers Call for Papers | Invited Speakers Organization | Program Travel Awards

Artificial intelligence is poised to play an increasingly large role in societies across the world. Accordingly, there is a growing interest in ensuring that AI is used in a responsible and beneficial manner. A range of perspectives and contributions are needed, spanning the full spectrum from fundamental research to sustained deployments.

This workshop will explore how artificial intelligence can contribute to solving social problems. For example, what role can AI play in promoting health, access to opportunity, and sustainable development? How can AI initiatives be deployed in an ethical, inclusive, and accountable manner? To address such questions, this workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners across artificial intelligence and a range of application domains. The objective is to share the current state of research and practice, explore directions for future work, and create opportunities for collaboration.

Such questions are particularly salient in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. AI has an important role to play in providing insight into the course of the epidemic and developing targeted responses; we encourage submissions from both AI researchers as well as epidemiologists, health policy researchers, and other domain experts who are interested in engaging with the AI community.

Accepted Papers

Lynn Miller, Christoph Rüdiger and Geoffrey Webb. Using AI and Satellite Earth Observation to Monitor UN Sustainable Development Indicators.

Call for Papers

The Harvard CRCS Workshop on AI for Social Good will explore how artificial intelligence can contribute to solving social problems. For example, what role can AI play in promoting health, access to opportunity, and sustainable development? How can AI initiatives be deployed in an ethical, inclusive, and accountable manner? To address such questions, this workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners across artificial intelligence and a range of application domains. The objective is to share the current state of research and practice, explore directions for future work, and create opportunities for collaboration. The workshop will feature a mix of invited talks, contributed talks, and posters. Submissions spanning the full range of theoretical and applied work are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Democracy
  • Developing world
  • Health
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Fairness and biases

Such questions are particularly salient in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. AI has an important role to play in providing insight into the course of the epidemic and developing targeted responses; we encourage submissions from both AI researchers as well as epidemiologists, health policy researchers, and other domain experts who are interested in engaging with the AI community.

Submissions are due September 10, AoE, via EasyChair. We solicit papers in two categories:

  • Research papers describing novel contributions in either the development of AI techniques (motivated by societal applications), or their deployment in practice. Both work in progress and recently published work will be considered. Submissions describing recently published work should clearly indicate the earlier venue and provide a link to the published paper. Papers in this category should be at most 4 pages, with unlimited additional pages containing only references.

  • Position papers describing open problems or neglected perspectives on the field, proposing ideas for bringing computational methods into a new application area, or summarizing the focus areas of a group working on AI for social good. Papers in this category should be at most 3 pages, with unlimited additional pages containing only references.

All papers should be submitted in IJCAI format. The workshop will not have a formal published proceedings, but we will provide links to accepted papers along with the program. Accepted papers will be selected for oral and poster presentation based on peer review. Submissions are not double-blind; the submitted paper should include author names and affiliations.

Invited Speakers

Joanna Bryson (Hertie School of Governance)

What Is Good? Social Impacts and Digital Governance

Bio: Joanna Bryson is Professor of Ethics and Technology at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin recognised for broad expertise on intelligence, its nature, and its consequences. She advises governments, transnational agencies, and NGOs globally, particularly in AI policy. Most recently, she has been selected to represent Germany at the Global Partnership on AI. She holds two degrees each in psychology and AI (BA Chicago, MSc & MPhil Edinburgh, PhD MIT). Her work has appeared in venues ranging from reddit to the journal Science. From 2002-19 she was Computer Science faculty at the University of Bath; she has also been affiliated with Harvard Psychology, Oxford Anthropology, The Mannheim Centre for Social Science Research, The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, and the Princeton Center for Information Technology Policy. During her PhD she first observed the confusion generated by anthropomorphised AI, leading to her first AI ethics publication “Just Another Artifact” in 1998. She has remained active in the field including coauthoring the first national-level AI ethics policy, the UK’s (2011) Principles of Robotics. She continues to research both the systems engineering of AI and the cognitive science of intelligence, with present focusses on the impact of technology on human cooperation, and new models of governance for AI and ICT.

Organization

Organizing Committee

  • Arpita Biswas (Indian Institute of Science)
  • Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research)
  • Andrew Perrault* (Harvard University)
  • Sekou Remy (IBM Research Africa)
  • Sofia Segkouli (Information Technologies Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Andreas Theodorou (Umeå University)
  • Bryan Wilder (Harvard University)

*primary contact: aperrault@g.harvard.edu

Travel Awards

This iteration of the workshop is entirely virtual and will not have a travel awards program.