Student Resources at TUM

Master and Bachelor Theses

Are you interested in writing your Master’s or Bachelor’s thesis about AI Ethics? The following chairs and professorships are currently looking for students for topics on AI and Responsible AI.

IEAI

Ethical Evaluation of the OpenAI API: The Importance of Understanding User’s Linguistic Environment, Culture, and Context

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Contact auxane.boch@tum.de or ieai@mcts.tum.de if you are interested.

The Future of AI is Interactions: Ethical Evaluation of the Use of Robots or Conversational AI in a Chosen Context, and Recommendation for the Future

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Contact auxane.boch@tum.de or ieai@mcts.tum.de if you are interested.

The Use of Surveillance Technology during COVID-19: A Comparative Study of Different Times and Contexts

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Contact auxane.boch@tum.de or ieai@mcts.tum.de if you are interested.


Chair of Business Ethics

Master’s Thesis on”Survey on Facial Recognition and Public Health”:

The Chair of Business Ethics is offering a master’s thesis dealing with the use of facial recognition programs in the health care sector (as of May 2020). The concrete goal is the preparation of a study which evaluates the ethical preferences on the use of AI technologies with respect to health crises. If you are interested in conducting the study, please contact a.kriebitz@tum.de.

Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis on “Moral reasoning and offsetting conflicting norms during COVID-19: What role does technology play in this process?

Background
In 2020, the world experienced an unprecedented health, economic, and social crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, within a short period, we observed changes in behavioral patterns and acquired “new normal” ways of living. Underlying these behavioral changes seems to appear a shift in the prioritization among conflicting fundamental human rights and moral norms. For example, when it comes to the introduction of contact-tracing apps, the right to (data) privacy seems to oppose the right for life and (health) security. Therefore, it is of urgent need to understand the process of moral reasoning when individuals are confronted with conflicting moral norms and new technologies.

Expected goals
Drawing upon past literature and qualitative data stemming from semi-structured interviews, this thesis will aim to determine the process of offsetting norms / rights and developing moral priorities. In particular, it should be investigated what role technology plays in this process. Possible research questions are:

  • How do individuals offset conflicting (moral) norms / rights?
  • In what way does technology impair or initiate individual’s moral reasoning / maturity?

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Contact
If you are interested, please contact Franziska Poszler (franziska.poszler@tum.de)

Ethics consulting: What do companies want and need to learn from the academic world?

Expected goals:
Drawing upon past literature and qualitative data stemming from semi-structured interviews, this thesis will aim to investigate key issues and areas for which companies may demand consulting on business ethics. The ultimate goals is to draft an ethics curriculum for companies. Possible research questions are:

  • What are key ethical issues that companies are currently facing?
  • How could researchers in the field of business ethics assist / consult companies?
  • How can ethics be transferred into practice?

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Details:
Supervisor:                             Franziska Poszler
Starting date:                          as soon as possible

Contact:
If you are interested, please contact Franziska Poszler (franziska.poszler@tum.de)


Chair of Cyber Trust

Theses opportunities at the Chair of Cyber Trust (Prof. Grossklags).

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Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics

If you are interested in the research field of the optimization of logistic systems through AI under consideration of employee preferences. the Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistic is offering the opportunity to research for a master thesis project. The projects aim to investigate this topic by considering to what extent the preferences of the employees as well as the personal data can be used ethically in AI algorithms.

Theses opportunities:

  1. Thesis: Analysis of logistic workplaces and employee competences as the basis of a preference-oriented AI
  2. Thesis: Literature research: Analysis of optimization approaches for the distribution of employees in the production environment
  3. Thesis: Development of a method for the analysis of the personality of employees in production logistic
  4. Thesis: Analysis on matching and optimization algorithms for a preference-aware distribution system of workers

Contact Charlotte Haid, M.Sc. at the Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics for more information: charlotte.haid@tum.de

Courses on Ethics

Lectures and seminars on applied ethics, business ethics and ethics in technology at TUM in WS 2019/20 and SS2020.

For more information, check out the TUM website.

Title Department/Chair Number Type SWS BA/MA WS/SS
Scientists and Ethics (IN901002) Lehrstuhl für wirtschaftliches Rechnen 1264 Seminar 2 MA SS
Business Ethics (WZ1822) Lehrstuhl für VWL – Umweltökonomie & Agrarpolitik 1790 Lecture 2 MA WS
Business Ethics (Master) (POL70044) Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsethik 3707 Lecture 2 MA WS
Ethics of Responsibility: Current Areas of Application MCTS 4278 Seminar 2 MA WS
Market, Law and Ethics (WI201045) Executive Education Center 4610 Seminar 3 MA WS
Global Governance, Ethics, and Technology – Part 1 (Global Technology Governance)(POL61500) Lehrstuhl für European and Global Governance 4613 Seminar 2 MA WS
Masterseminar Wirtschaftsethik: Aktuelle Probleme der Wirtschaftsethik (Ethics of Technology)(POL700450) Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsethik 4990 Seminar 2 MA WS
Masterseminar Wirtschaftsethik: (Ethics of Technology)(POL70080, POL70070) Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsethik 1545 Seminar 2 MA SS
Ethics of Technology (POL70070) TUM School of Governance 4630 Seminar 2 MA SS
Master Seminar: Ethical Software and Systems Engineering (IN2107, IN4944) 2962 Seminar 2 WS
Roboterethik Carl von Linde Akademie CVL0001010 Seminar 1.5 MA SS

Courses on AI

General lectures and seminars on AI, deep and machine learning at TUM in WS 2019/20 and SS2020.

For more information, check out the TUM website.

Title Department/Chair Number Type SWS BA/MA WS/SS
Artificial Intelligence in Theory and Practice (POL60200) Professur für Political Data Science 4806 Seminar 4 MA WS
Digital Transformations in Europe – Part 1 (Governing Artificial Intelligence in Peace Support Operations) (POL60701) Lehrstuhl für European and Global Governance 2625 Seminar 2 MA WS
Grundlagen der Künstlichen Intelligenz (IN2062) Lehrstuhl für Robotik, KI und Echtzeitsysteme 240927786 Lecture 4 MA WS
Hauptseminar: Deep Learning Zentrum Mathematik 35 Seminar 2 WS
Introduction to Deep Learning (IN2346) Lehrstuhl für Grafik und Visualisierung 2767 Lecture 4 BA&MA WS
Praktikum Advanced Deep Learning for Computer Vision (IN2364) Lehrstuhl für Grafik und Visualisierung 2870 Lecture 2 MA WS
Machine Learning: Methods and Tools Lehrstuhl für Entwurfsautomatisierung 1908 Lecture 4 MA SS
Weiterführendes Deep Learning für die Robotik (IN2349) Lehrstuhl für Robotik, KI und Echtzeitsysteme 3810 Lecture 2 BA&MA SS
Applied Deep Learning – Seminar (POL60100) Professur für Political Data Science 4633 Seminar 2 MA SS
Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Lehrstuhl für Computergestützte Modellierung und Simulation 1513 Lecture 2 MA SS
Maschinelle Intelligenz und Gesellschaft (in Python) – TBC Lehrstuhl für Datenverarbeitung 4195 Lecture with integrated exercises 3 BA&MA SS

Other Opportunities

Schmidt Futures

Futures Forum on Learning: Tools Competition

The Futures Forum on Learning: Tools Competition (“Tools Competition”) invites teachers, students, researchers, technologists, and ed tech leaders to propose a tool, technology, platform, or research project that can accelerate recovery from COVID-19-related learning loss for students between grades K-12, and advance the field of learning engineering.

Schmidt Futures and Citadel Founder and CEO Ken Griffin are working together to help launch the competition with up to $2 million in awards.

Go to the webpage.