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11/15/2019

Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn elected Spokesperson of the Advisory Board of Tübingens Cyber Valley

The independent committee will evaluate the research projects for ethical and social implications.

Regina Ammicht Quinn

The Cyber Valley Research Cooperation has established an independent body, the Public Advisory Board, which evaluates research projects with regard to their ethical and social implications. Europe's largest research cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence thus creates an additional element of transparency.

The members of the Public Advisory Board were appointed by Theresia Bauer, Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Science, Research and the Arts. The task of the Public Advisory Council is to examine project proposals of the Cyber Valley research groups before they are approved by the Cyber Valley Research Fund Board.

The appointed members come from various areas of science and civil society and thus represent a broad spectrum of relevant fields and backgrounds:

  • Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn is a Professor of Ethics at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen and Head of the Department of Society, Culture and Technical Change, where she deals with ethical issues of digital life and digital technology development. Professor Ammicht Quinn is the PAB's spokesperson.
  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff is Emeritus Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. As head of the department "Human Perception, Cognition and Action" he researches the fundamental processes of human perception and behaviour in virtual environments.
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald is Professor of Technology Philosophy and Head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Head of the Office for Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag.
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrich Hemel is Director of the Weltethos-Institute in Tübingen, which accompanies and shapes the critical dialogue on the topic of ethics and AI in general as well as specifically on Cyber Valley with conferences, public events and lectures.
  • Lorena Jaume-Palasí is the Founder of the non-profit organization The Ethical Tech Society, which at the interface of technology, ethics and society pursues the goal of researching processes of automation and digitization and classifying them normatively with regard to their social relevance. As a member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI of the EU, she was involved in the development of the European ethical guidelines for trustworthy AI.
  • Prof. Dr. Sandra Richter is the Director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach, where she deals with digitalization and products of digital culture as well as the question of how digital technologies can be used in literary and cultural mediation.
  • Katharina Schmidt is Founder of the AI start-up apic.ai, which uses artificial intelligence to investigate the causes of bee mortality. The company thus demonstrates a successful application of AI in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation. She is also involved in the G-Lab research project at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Based on her experience in founding her own company, she develops new concepts for the promotion of a start-up culture among University students and supports the cooperation of Universities with start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Lukas Weber is a committed representative and co-organizer of the Fridays for Future activities in Heidelberg and a student at the University of Heidelberg. He is committed to taking a closer look at the consequences for future generations of today's decisions that will strongly shape and change our society, such as the further development and application of artificial intelligence.
  • Nicola Wettmarshausen is a journalist with a focus on science, environment and technology and founder of the citizen science initiative EcoCurious, which uses innovative projects and do-it-yourself formats to explore new applications for digital technologies and create new perspectives for an even closer exchange between science and society..
  • Lea Elsemüller is a city councillor who was appointed to the PAB by the Tübingen city council. She holds a bachelor's degree in cognitive science and a master's in computer science. Her main interests include the topics of sustainability, urban development and digital policy. Ms. Elsemüller will represent the city council in discussions, providing constructive and critical insights and supporting the transparent flow of information to local policymakers.

The Public Advisory Board of the Cyber Valley met for the second time on 13 Nov  2019 and elected Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn as speaker.

Further information can be found  here and here.

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