TUM has long been a driving force in researching the mutual interactions of science, technology and society. Founded in 2019, the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) follows TUM’s strategy for “Human-Centered Engineering” and the university’s bold creation of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) in 2012, whose mission is to better understand and reflexively shape the multiple interactions between science, technology and society.
The IEAI conducts inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary research that promotes active collaboration between the technical, engineering and social sciences, while also actively courting interaction with a wide group of international stakeholders from academia, industry and civil society. This exhaustive approach enables the IEAI to truly and comprehensively address a growing group of ethical challenges arising at the interface of technology and human values. It also aids in the development of thoroughly operational ethical frameworks in the field of AI.
The IEAI’s research addresses challenges such as:
Through funding from corporate partners like Facebook, support from TUM and the Bavarian Government and cooperation with a growing group of private, public and international organizations, the IEAI is able to finance, foster and conduct independent, game-changing research into wide-reaching, ethical and responsible applications for AI.
In its role as a platform for meaningful cooperation between industry, civil society and academia, the IEAI organizes workshops, conferences and seminars to promote exchange between a wide range of important stakeholders.
The IEAI also supports and participates in several networks related to AI ethics. By joining forces with researchers and practitioners worldwide, the IEAI is able to address real-world challenges and contribute to the broader conversations and concerns surrounding ethics and AI on an international level.