Mapping Digitization in Highly Regulated Spaces

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Digitization in highly regulated spaces such as the healthcare sector and legal domain requires interdisciplinary views on legal requirements and technical applications. Artificial Intelligence can be used for the betterment of society, but will also bring about a new dimension to the practice in these fields. ‘Excellence in research and teaching’ requires students that can think outside the traditional boundaries of research cultures. By focusing on bringing students together with different backgrounds, this week will bolster the students’ interactional expertise and help them with questions that exist in this new dimension. It prepares the current and next generation of engineers and social scientists to better understand AI and its implications.

The Plug-in module “Mapping digitization in highly regulated spaces” will allow highly motivated students to analyze digital applications of artificial intelligence in interdisciplinary teams, and to gain in-depth knowledge about the legal frameworks of technology and its social impact. Students from the various departments will focus on state-of-the-art applications from the healthcare industry and legal domain. These fields will be at the center of discussion since they are socially impactful, highly regulated, and are expected to transform heavily with the rise of AI. In line with the strategy of excellence, it allows students to reflect on technical developments in the sense of “Responsible Research and Innovation” in these fields. Using concrete cases, students learn about legal requirements and regulatory mechanisms as well as technical implementation possibilities. Where the learning moments for engineers will be developed through understanding the ethical implications of the technologies or the legal requirements for implementation, students with a social background will have these moments by understanding how AI functions and what phenomena such as ‘biased AI’ means. By doing so, they gain experience with legally compliant technical designs but also learn to record and share their findings through interesting and impactful outputs. Not only is it important to share the output with fellow students, but also to make it accessible for other groups in society. Through media such as podcasts and videos, students can share their findings in an open-access digital environment.

Prof. Christian Djeffal
Phone: +49(89) 289 29 235

Project leader(s):
Dr. Eduardo Magrani

01.09.2020 - 31.08.2021

Project type:
Plug-in Module

Funding institution:
Internal Funding