Coexisting with AI

Artificial intelligence is a system that can correctly interpret data, learn from it, and then use what it has learned to adapt in order to achieve specific goals autonomously. It improves our everyday lives, but not without risk.

AI is changing the way we do everything because it’s everywhere — from dating apps to the most advanced military weapons systems. AI does many things faster and better than humans can alone, but there are ethical and societal implications to consider.

How can we ensure that AI is beneficial — not detrimental — to humanity? What unintended consequences are we overlooking by developing technology that can be manipulated and misused?

 

Our goal is to better understand what changes new technologies will bring, predict how those changes will unfold, and mitigate the harms or unintended consequences they could cause while still leveraging the benefits AI provides.

To do that, our team brings students and researchers together from more than two dozen schools and units on The University of Texas at Austin campus to investigate how to define, evaluate, and build a “Good System.”

It is ethically irresponsible to focus only on what AI can do. We believe it is equally important to ask what it should (and should not) do.


Leveraging Our Interdisciplinary Research Expertise

Our team is working to establish a framework for evaluating, developing, implementing, and regulating AI-based technologies so they reflect human values at their core. Some featured research areas include:

 

Critical Surveillance Inquiry

We work with scholars and organizations to curate conversations and exhibitions that help people understand the social and ethical implications of surveillance.

 

Disinformation

We support an interdisciplinary faculty research community that makes monthly research presentations, and sponsor special programming to advance the understanding of dis- and misinformation. 

Fair and Transparent AI

We work to create fair and transparent AI technologies that people can easily use and rely on.

Future of Work

The way people work is changing. Our research explores new ways for people and AI to work together.

 

Public interest TEchnology

We build teams that gather public, open, and accessible data, to integrate research with policy, journalism, and local activism.

Machine Learning and robotics

We focus on how fairness and other ethical considerations are applied in machine learning and robotics.

Racial Justice

We serve as a resource for education, community engagement, and research at the intersections between racial justice and technology/AI.

Smart Cities

We develop transformative technologies to achieve resiliency and sustainable growth in urban communities.

 

 

Current and Upcoming Projects

Good systems are human-AI partnerships that address the needs and values of society. Developing them is our mission.


Meet the Team

Our  grand challenge team includes information and computer scientists, philosophers, robotics and transportation experts, communication and policy researchers — and more. And this year, we’ll begin recruiting faculty to fill four new ethicist positions in technology, artificial intelligence, media, and design.

Read full bioSamuel Baker

Samuel Baker

English
Chair-Elect, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Chandra Bhat

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Tanya Clement

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Kenneth R. Fleischmann

Information
Past Chair, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Junfeng Jiao

Architecture
Chair, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Matthew Lease

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Read full bioPeter Stone

Peter Stone

Computer Science
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Read full bioSharon Strover

Sharon Strover

Journalism and Media
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Amelia Acker

Amelia Acker

Information
Research DirectorPublic Interest Technology
Simone Browne

Simone Browne

African and African Diaspora Studies
Research DirectorCritical Surveillance Inquiry
Joydeep Ghosh

Joydeep Ghosh

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research DirectorFair and Transparent AI
Sherri Greenberg

Sherri Greenberg

Public Affairs
Research DirectorFuture of Work
Adam Klivans

Adam Klivans

Computer Science
Research DirectorRobotics and Machine Learning
Josephine “Jo” Lukito

Josephine “Jo” Lukito

Journalism and Media
Research DirectorDisinformation
S. Craig Watkins

S. Craig Watkins

Journalism and Media
Research DirectorRacial Justice
Samuel Woolley

Samuel Woolley

Journalism and Media
Research DirectorDisinformation
Weijia Xu

Weijia Xu

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Research DirectorSmart Cities
Andrea Christelle

Andrea Christelle

Network Relationship ManagerGood Systems
Tessa Green

Tessa Green

Program DirectorGood Systems
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Amelia Acker

Information
Research DirectorPublic Interest Technology
Past Committee MemberUniversity Engagement

Joel Afriyie

Computer Science

Shani Alkobi

Computer Science

Alessandro Allievi

Computer Science
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Kiril Avramov

Slavic and Eurasian Studies
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Jakki Bailey

Information
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Samuel Baker

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Josh Barbour

Communication Studies
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Chandra Bhat

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberEducation Advisory

Nilavra Bhattacharya

Information Studies
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Alan Bovik

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Casey Boyle

Rhetoric and Writing
Past Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Daniel Brown

Computer Science
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Virginia Brown

Population Health

Simone Browne

African and African Diaspora Studies
Research DirectorCritical Perspectives on Surveillance
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Kathy Cacace

Radio-Television-Film
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Tiancheng Leo Cao

Communications Studies

Mitch Chaiet

Communications Studies
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Swarat Chaudhuri

Computer Science
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Gina Chen

Journalism
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Wenhong Chen

Media Studies and Sociology
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Bobby Chesney

Law
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Aaron Choate

Director of Research and StrategyUniversity of Texas Libraries
Past Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Jaewon Choi

Radio-Television-Film
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Eunsol Choi

Computer Science
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Tanya Clement

English
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberUniversity Engagement
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Josh Conrad

Architecture

Jiaxun Cui

Computer Science
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Valerie Danesh

Nursing

Anubrata Das

Information

Nathan Davis

Information

Jaxsen Day

Information
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Kaya de Barbaro

Psychology
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Ying Ding

Information
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Ishan Durugkar

Computer Science
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Maria Esteva

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Past Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Chen Feng

Architecture
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Kenneth R. Fleischmann

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Committee MemberUniversity Engagement

Shivam Garg

Computer Science

Keya Ghonasgi

Computer Science
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Joydeep Ghosh

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research DirectorTransparent and Explainable AI
Past Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Sherri Greenberg

Public Affairs
Research DirectorFuture of Work
Past Committee MemberExternal Outreach

Soumyajit Gupta

Computer Science
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Danna Gurari

Information

Ayse Gursoy

Information
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Andrea Gustavson

Harry Ransom Center
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Allyssa Guzman

UT Libraries
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Jacek Gwizdka

Information
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Justin Hart

Computer Science
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Hannah Hopkins

English
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Aditya Jain

Computational Engineering

Jay Jennings

Communications

Yuqian Jiang

Computer Science
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Junfeng Jiao

Architecture
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Thomas Johnson

Journalism

Bryan Jones

School of Law
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Yujin Kim

Communication Studies

Adam Klivans

Computer Science
Research DirectorRobotics and Machine Learning

William Knox

Computer Science

Kolina Koltai

Information

Tina Lassiter

Radio-Television-Film
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Matthew Lease

Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Taeyoung Lee

Center for Media Engagement
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Min Kyung Lee

Information

Lan Li

Information
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Brad Limov

Communications Studies

Bo Liu

Computer Science

Josephine “Jo” Lukito

Journalism and Media
Research DirectorDisinformation

William Macke

Computer Science
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Megan Micheletti

Psychology
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Reuth Mirsky

Computer Science
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Patricia Moravec

Information, Risk, and Operations Management

Dhiraj Murthy

Journalism

Karim Nader

Philosophy
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Mary Neuburger

History
Past Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Mai Tran Ngoc

Mathematics
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Scott Niekum

Computer Science
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Evdokia Nikolova

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Susan Nold

Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
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Alison Norman

Computer Science

Soyoung Park

Radio-Television-Film

Jin Soo Park

Computer Science
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James Pennebaker

Psychology

Arthur Peters

Computer Science
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Katie Pierce Meyer

University of Texas Libraries
Past Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Bruce Porter

Computer Science

Somnath Rakshit

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Jason Roberts

Slavic and Eurasian Studies
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Christopher Rossbach

Computer Science
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Loriene Roy

Information

Emily Rubin

Journalism and Media
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Natalia Ruiz-Juri

Center for Transportation Research
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Maytal Saar-Tsechansky

Information, Risk, and Operations Management
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Jordan Schneider

Computer Science

Mackenzie Schnell

Communication Studies
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Suzanne Scott

Radio-Television-Film
Past Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Luis Sentis

Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Shubham Sharma

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Michael Shensky

UT Libraries

Kristina Shiroma

Information

Steve Slota

Information
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Miriam Solis (Collins)

Architecture
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Ravi Srinivasan

Applied Research Laboratories

Abigale Stangl

Information
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Peter Stone

Computer Science
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Natalie Stroud

Communication Studies
Past Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Sharon Strover

Journalism and Media
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Past Committee MemberExternal Outreach
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Rebecca Taylor

UT Ethics Project
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John Thywissen

Computer Science
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William Tierney

Population Health
Former MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Paul Toprac

Computer Science
Past Committee MemberEducation Advisory
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Faraz Torabi

Computer Science

Dariya Tsyrenzhapova

Journalism

Nitin Verma

Information

Lauren Walker

Harry Ransom Center
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Garrett Warnell

Computer Science
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S. Craig Watkins

Journalism and Media
Research DirectorRacial Justice
Past Committee MemberResearch Advisory
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Jake Wegmann

Architecture
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Sarah Welsh

English
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Craig Wheeler

Astronomy
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Paul Woodruff

Philosophy
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Samuel Woolley

Journalism and Media
Research DirectorDisinformation

Yutong Wu

Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Xuesu Xiao

Computer Science
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Bo Xie

Nursing
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Weijia Xu

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Research DirectorSmart Cities

Xuewen Yao

Psychology
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Harel Yedidsion

Computer Science

Siqi Yi

Information
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Yan Zhang

Information

Qiping Zhang

Computer Science
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Ming Zhang

Architecture

Yifeng Zhu

Computer Science
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Hao Zhu

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cara Bertron

City of AustinPlanning and Zoning

Kahlil Bholat

City of AustinPublic Works

Ross Clark

City of AustinWater

John Clary 

City of AustinTransportation

Marc Coudert

City of AustinOffice of Sustainability
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Wendy N. Davis

Postpartum Support International 

Matt Dugan 

City of AustinPlanning and Zoning

Molly Emerick 

City of AustinEnergy
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Julia Flanders

External AdvisorNortheastern University
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Judy Goldsmith

External AdvisorUniversity of Kentucky

Shannon Halley

City of AustinOffice of Councilmember Kathie Tovo

Jennifer Hecker

City of AustinAustin History Center

Andy Hoffman

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services 

Matt Hollon 

City of AustinAustin Watershed Protection

Paul Hopingardner

Travis County Information Technology Services

Jacquie Hrncir

City of AustinCommunications & Technology Management

Vella Karman

Austin Public Health

David Kulpanowski

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services 
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Laura Mandell

External AdvisorTexas A&M University

Chris McConnell

City of AustinTransportation

Mike Miller

City of AustinAustin History Center
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Kerry O’Connor

City of Austin
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Doug Oard

External AdvisorUniversity of Maryland
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Srinivas Peeta

External AdvisorGeorgia Institute of Technology

Divya Rathanlal

City of AustinCommunications & Technology Management
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Alan Rubel

External AdvisorUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
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Kat Schuknecht

Postpartum Support International 
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Xun Shi

External AdvisorDartmouth College
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Daniel Singley

Postpartum Support International 

James Snow

City of AustinPublic Works
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Lianne Swanson

Postpartum Support International 

Karla Taylor

City of AustinTransportation

Bryan Thompson

City of AustinPublic Works

Jonathan Tomko

City of AustinNeighborhood Housing and Community Development

Kewen Wang

College of Natural Sciences


Please Join Us on This Journey

2018 marked the beginning of our development year as a UT grand challenge. We used the time to grow our team, ask hard questions (then, even harder ones), and decide how to design our work over the next decade. We welcome and value your feedback, your thoughts, and your contributions.

Please follow us on social media, meet us at our events, and let us know why you think this is a grand challenge.