The Ethical Innovation Letter 02/2021

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The Ethical Innovation Hub is a transdisciplinary project joining technology, society and industry in responsible research and innovation. Since 2020, the EIH is driving sustainable innovation originating from ethical considerations. It is a group linked to both the Institute for History in Medicine and Science Studies and the Institute for Electrical Engineering in Medicine. We'd like to inform you about some highlights of what has been going. You are receiving this email because you signed up for the Ethical Innovation Newsletter.


CoCoAI Workshop on Responsible Research & Innovation with Members of the ITAS

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This September, the Ethical Innovation Hub has conducted a project workshop on the topic of Responsible Research & Innovation, more specifically, on the meaning of cooperative and communicative AI. The internal workshop was organized by Arne Sonar and featured guests from the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as members of the CoCoAI project team. We are looking forward to continuing cooperation and exchange in the project and with our external partners.

Survey Preprint on Responsible and Regulatory Conform Machine Learning for Medicine 

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Members of the EIH have been contributing to a new survey titled "Responsible and Regulatory Conform Machine Learning for Medicine: A Survey of Technical Challenges and Solutions". The preprint provides an overview of the regulatory landscape concerning medical machine learning systems, discussing both current regulations and requirements, as well as likely future developments.

The paper is first authored by Eike Petersen and benefitted from a vast and interdisciplinary list of co-authors from the KI-SIGS project.   

Participation of Project DigS-Gov at the German Digitaltag

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Members of the DigS-Gov project team contributed to the German "Digitaltag 2021". The group had a closer look at the topic of digital sovereignty within a context of dark patterns.

Following a brief presentation on dark patterns, the group conducted a world-café workshop challenges and solutions for staying in control of one's own data. A more detailed summary of the results can be found on the website of the Joint Innovation Lab (in German).

Students' Theses: Congratulations!

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During summer term 2021, the staff of the Ethical Innovation Hub has supervised two students' final master's theses. We are happy to announce that Mehrnaz Shirazi-Lotfali and Bastian Kabuth have both delivered excellent theses.

We would like to use this space to acknowledge their enthusiasm and successful efforts in pursuing their respective topics. Mehrnaz Shirazi-Lotfali wrote about how to support responsible AI-based innovation in medicine, while Bastian Kabuth conducted a qualitative investigation into business perspectives on certification for ethical AI.

Outlook: The Virtual Ethical Innovation Lecture (VEIL)

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During the winter term 2021/2022, the Ethical Innovation Hub will continue its lecture series addressing all things tech & ethics. This time we will welcome a range of renowned speakers, including Aidan Peppin from the Ada Lovelace Institute, Lukas Meier from the University of Cambridge, Karsten Weber from OTH Regensburg and Benjamin Strenge from the University of Bielefel. As usual,  highlights, written reports and recordings of the VEILs will be made available on our website. 

The upcoming program will be available soon.

New Website

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Last but not least, we are still looking forward to the new website of the Ethical Innovation Hub. Unfortunately, there have been some unexpected delays, but we are confident that the final result will be even better. 

We are designing it with more ways of engaging in mind. We want the Hub to be an instrument to connect to the interested public. Therefore, we consider our internet presentation part of what we do: Critically, but constructively reflecting on ethical aspects of technology. The new website will be an invitation to do just that.



Tue, Nov 2nd, 2021

Deepening Participation in Data and AI Policy
The Virtual Ethical Innovation Lecture with Aidan Peppin, Ada Lovelace Institute

Tue, Nov 23rd, 2021

METHAD – An Algorithm for Ethical Decision-Making in the Clinic
The Virtual Ethical Innovation Lecture with Lukas Meier, Cambridge and Alice Hein, TUM

Tue, Dec 14th, 2021

Cybersecurity and Ethics
The Virtual Ethical Innovation Lecture with Karsten Weber, OTH Regensburg

Tue, Feb 1st, 2022

The AWOSE approach: Connecting ethical analyses to system design decision-making
The Virtual Ethical Innovation Lecture with Benjamin Strenge, University of Bielefeld

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Dr. Daniela Zetti
Heads of the Ethical Innovation Hub

The Ethical Innovation Hub, University of Lübeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23562 Lübeck, is a research group of both the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies as well as the Institute for Electrical Engineering in Medicine.

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