1st International Workshop on
New Foundations for Human-Centered AI
September 4, 2020. Virtual Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
A full day workshop, part of ECAI-2020.

Workshop date moved to Friday, September 4, 2020.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation the whole ECAI-2020 will be held online, using the underline.io platform. We are setting up the workshop program and the technical arrangements in a way to give you the richest and most rewarding experience possible: more details will be available soon.

See the ECAI-2020 web site for more information.


In June 2018, the European Commission has appointed a "AI High Level Expert Group" (AI-HLEG) to support the implementation of the European Strategy on Artificial Intelligence. One of the first results of the AI-HLEG has been to deliver ethics guidelines on Artificial Intelligence (https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/ai-alliance-consultation/guidelines). These guidelines put forward a human-centered approach to AI, and list seven key requirements that human-centered, trustworthy AI systems should meet, summarized by the following headers:

  1. Human agency and oversight
  2. Technical robustness and safety
  3. Privacy and data governance
  4. Transparency
  5. Diversity, non-discrimination and fairness
  6. Societal and environmental wellbeing
  7. Accountability

Many of today's most popular AI methods, however, fail to meet these guidelines: making them compliant is a scientific endeavor that is as crucial as it is challenging and stimulating. Systems based on deep learning are a case in point: while these systems often provide impressive results, their ability to explain these results to the user is very limited, thus challenging requirements 4 and 7; in most cases we lack ways to formally verify their correctness and assess their boundary conditions, thus challenging requirement 2; and we don't yet have methods to allow humans to collaboratively influence or question their decisions, thus challenging requirement 1. Similar criticalities are present in many other popular AI methods.

Objectives and structure

This full day workshop will collectively address the fundamental questions of what are the scientific and technological gaps that we have to fill in order to make AI systems human-centered in terms of the above guidelines.

To achieve its objectives, the workshop will leverage three strategic keynote talks together with brief presentations of about ten contributed papers. It will also allocate ample time for collaborative work and structured discussions. Here is the (preliminary) structure.

Introduction to the objectives of the workshop
Keynote 1: The HLEG ethics requirements [1]
Contributed paper presentations
Group work 1: brain walk on foundations for human-centered AI
Keynote 2: The AI4EU strategy for human-centered AI [2]
Keynote 3: The Humane-AI strategy for human-centered AI [3]
Contributed paper presentations
Group work 2: discussion on the outcomes of the brain walk
Conclusions and plans

[1] Teresa Scantamburlo, European Centre for Living Technology, Italy
[2] Alessandro Saffiotti, Örebro University, Sweden
[3] Paul Lukowicz, DFKI, Germany

Paper submissions

Contributions are seeked on new foundations for building Human-Centered AI systems, able to comply with AI-HLEG recommendations. Contributions are seeked in the form of full papers (max 7 pages excluding references) presenting mature results, or position papers and reports of relevant ongoing work (max 4 pages including references). More specific topics include, but are not limited to:

Papers should be formatted according to the ECAI2020 formatting style, available at the ECAI2020 website (ecai2020.eu). Submissions are not anonymous. All accepted papers will be collected in the workshop proceedings, to be submitted to CEUR-WS.org for online, open publication under a Creative Commons license. After the workshop, we will consider editing a special issue including extended versions of the presented papers.

NEWS As a result of the COVID-19 emergency, the whole ECAI-2020 will be run online, including our workshop. Registration to all workshops for both authors and non-authors is free of charge. See the ECAI-2020 web site for more information.



Program Committee

Important dates

March 10 Paper submission deadline (closed)
June 10 Acceptance notification (sent)
July 3 Workshop registration opens
July 10 Final papers due
September 4 Workshop day


This worskhop is jointly organized by AI4EU, the EU landmark project to develop a European AI on-demand platform and ecosystem; and by Humane-AI, the EU FET preparatory action devoted to designing a European research agenda for Human Centered AI.

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Last updated on July 4, 2020 by A. Saffiotti