SIKS-course “Explainable AI”


On the Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons of September 21-22 and 27-28, 2021, the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) organizes the new course on “Explainable AI” in cooperation with the Hybrid Intelligence Centre. This two-day course will be divided over four afternoons. The course will be given in English and is part of the Educational Program for SIKS-PhD-students. It is a course with a broad focus, aimed at all SIKS-PhD-students regardless the research area they are actually working on. Although this course is primarily intended for SIKS-PhD-students, other participants are not excluded. However, their admittance will be restricted and depends on the number of SIKS-PhD-students that wish to enroll.

In politics, industry and science, much attention is paid today to the ethical and social aspects of AI, the risks of big data and the increasing power of incomprehensible and opaque algorithms, which are seemingly objective, “value-free” and neutral, but which make radical decisions without human intervention, that may deeply influence people and their future. The call for Explainable AI therefore sounds louder all the time. Many researchers who participate in SIKS are directly or indirectly involved in this issue, often in various ways and from different perspectives. All this makes a solid place of Explainable AI in the SIKS Activity Program imperative.

We recommend that PhD students considering taking part in this course carefully read the following paper as a general introduction to the topic: Miller, T., 2019. Explanation in artificial intelligence: Insights from the social sciences. Artificial Intelligence, 267, pp.1-38.

21 September 2021, 13.00-17.00 hrs
22 September 2021, 13.00-17.00 hrs
28 September 2021, 13.00-17.00 hrs
29 September 2021, 13.00-17.00 hrs

Prof. dr. Rineke Verbrugge (RUG)
Dr. Afra Alishahi (TiU)

PROGRAM: The program is not available yet


Registration is closed.

Deadline for registration for SIKS-Ph.D.-students: 31 August 2021

After that date, applications to participate will be honoured in a first-come first-serve manner. Of course, applications to participate from other interested groups are welcome already. They will receive a notification whether they can participate as soon as possible.

Information for non-SIKS Ph.D.- students
SIKS needs a confirmation from your supervisor/office that they agree with the arrangement and paying conditions.