Ethics in AI Seminar – Developing Spatial Predictive Risk Modeling for Child Maltreatment Early Intervention: Data Bias and Ethical Challenges
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December 13, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hear research scientist Weijia Xu (Texas Advanced Computing Center) present on “Developing spatial predictive risk modeling for child maltreatment early intervention: Data bias and ethical challenges,” hosted by the Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning and Good Systems.

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.

Annual Report

Flip through our interactive FY20 annual report and browse our network map to learn more about the progress we’ve made to date.

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. In 2021, we launched a set of six core research projects, which explore critical topics including surveillance inquiry, disinformation, smart cities, racial justice, human-machine partnerships and the future of work.

 

 

 

 

 

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, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Read full bioChandra Bhat

Chandra Bhat

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Read full bioKenneth R. Fleischmann

Kenneth R. Fleischmann

Information
Past Chair, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Read full bioMatthew Lease

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
Chair-Elect, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Read full bioJunfeng Jiao

Junfeng Jiao

Associate ProfessorSchool of Architecture
Past Chair, Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
Stacey Ingram Kaleh

Stacey Ingram Kaleh

Good Systems Network Relationship ManagerOffice of the Vice President for Research
Lea Sabatini

Lea Sabatini

Good Systems Program DirectorOffice of the Vice President for Research
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Amelia Acker

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Information

Joel Afriyie

Graduate StudentComputer Science

Fahari Arya

Assistant ProfessorStatistics and Data Science

Amin Azimian

Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Architecture
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Jakki Bailey

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Information
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Samuel Baker

Associate ProfessorEnglish
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Chandra Bhat

ProfessorCivil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team

Nilavra Bhattacharya

Graduate StudentSchool of Information
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Joydeep Biswas

Assistant ProfessorComputer Science
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Alan Bovik

ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering
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Casey Boyle

Associate ProfessorRhetoric and Writing
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Virginia Brown

Assistant ProfessorPopulation Health

Simone Browne

Associate ProfessorAfrican and African Diaspora Studies

Sandeep Chinchali

Assistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering
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Aaron Choate

Director of Research and StrategyUniversity of Texas Libraries
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Jaewon Choi

Radio-Television-Film
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Eunsol Choi

Assistant ProfessorComputer Science
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Tanya Clement

Associate ProfessorEnglish
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Josh Conrad

Graduate StudentSchool of Architecture

Anubrata Das

Graduate StudentSchool of Information

Maria De Arteaga Gonzalez

Assistant ProfessorInformation, Risk and Operations Management
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Kaya de Barbaro

Assistant ProfessorPsychology

Jose del R. Millán

ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering

Ashish Deshpande

Associate ProfessorJ. Mike Walker Mechanical Engineering
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Maria Esteva

Research ScientistTexas Advanced Computing Center

Keyanna Evans

Graduate StudentLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Chen Feng

Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Architecture
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Kenneth R. Fleischmann

ProfessorSchool of Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Joydeep Ghosh

ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering
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Sherri Greenberg

Professor of PracticeLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Danna Gurari

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Information
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Andrea Gustavson

Head of Instructional ServicesHarry Ransom Center
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Allyssa Guzman

Digital Scholarship LibrarianUT Libraries
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Jacek Gwizdka

Associate ProfessorSchool of Information
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Justin Hart

Assistant Professor of PracticeComputer Science

Elliott Hauser

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Information
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Junfeng Jiao

Architecture
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team

Adam Klivans

ProfessorComputer Science
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Matthew Lease

Associate ProfessorSchool of Information
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Min Kyung Lee

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Information

Jessy Li

Assistant ProfessorLinguistics

Qiwei Li

Undergraduate StudentComputer Science

Raul Longoria

ProfessorJ. Mike Walker Mechanical Engineering

Josephine “Jo” Lukito

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Journalism and Media
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Ngoc Mai Tran

Assistant ProfessorMathematics
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Megan Micheletti

Graduate StudentPsychology
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Patricia Moravec

Assistant ProfessorInformation, Risk, and Operations Management

Kyle Morgenstein

Graduate StudentAerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Dhiraj Murthy

ProfessorSchool of Journalism and Media

Ishan Nigam

Graduate StudentComputer Science
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Evdokia Nikolova

Assistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering

Dev Niyogi

ProfessorJackson School of Geosciences
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Susan Nold

DirectorAnnette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

Joshua Ong

Graduate StudentElectrical and Computer Engineering

Ricardo Palacios

ETC Building and Machine Shop ManagerJ. Mike Walker Mechanical Engineering

Jin Soo Park

Computer Science

Pablo Pejlatowicz

Graduate StudentLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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James Pennebaker

ProfessorPsychology
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Katie Pierce Meyer

Head of Architectural CollectionsUniversity of Texas Libraries

Katherine Rich

Graduate StudentCommunication Studies
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Natalia Ruiz-Juri

Research Scientist Center for Transportation Research

Natali Salas-Espana

Graduate StudentJ. Mike Walker Mechanical Engineering

Amy Sanders

Associate ProfessorSchool of Journalism and Media
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Luis Sentis

Associate ProfessorAerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
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Michael Shensky

GIS and Geospatial Data CoordinatorUT Libraries

Li Shi

Graduate StudentSchool of Information

Samantha Shorey

Assistant ProfessorCommunication Studies

Stephen Slota

LecturerSchool of Information
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Miriam Solis

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Architecture

Keri Stephens

ProfessorCommunication Studies
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Peter Stone

ProfessorComputer Science
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team
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Sharon Strover

ProfessorSchool of Journalism and Media
Founding MemberGood Systems Executive Team

Michelle Surka

Graduate StudentLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Paul Toprac

Associate Professor of InstructionComputer Science

Victoria Valencia

Assistant ProfessorMedical Education

Lauren Walker

Head of Digital ProjectsHarry Ransom Center

Atlas Wang

Assistant ProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering
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S. Craig Watkins

ProfessorSchool of Journalism and Media

Andrew Waxman

Assistant ProfessorLyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
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Jake Wegmann

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Architecture

Emily Woodward

Graduate StudentSchool of Journalism and Media
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Samuel Woolley

Assistant ProfessorSchool of Journalism and Media

Yutong Wu

Graduate StudentElectrical and Computer Engineering
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Xuesu Xiao

Postdoctoral FellowComputer Science
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Bo Xie

ProfessorSchool of Nursing
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Weijia Xu

Research ScientistTexas Advanced Computing Center

Xuewen Yao

Graduate StudentPsychology
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Harel Yedidsion

Postdoctoral FellowComputer Science
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Ming Zhang

Architecture

Angie Zhang

Graduate StudentSchool of Information

Mingyuan Zhou

Associate ProfessorInformation, Risk and Operations Management
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Hao Zhu

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tara Zimmerman

Postdoctoral FellowSchool of Information

Hannah Barron

City of AustinAustin Transportation Department

Cara Bertron

City of AustinPlanning and Zoning

Kahlil Bholat

City of AustinPublic Works

Salvador Cipres

Gentex Corporation

Ross Clark

City of AustinAustin Transportation Department

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 AustinAustin Energy

Jeffrey Gohean

Windmill Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.

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

Jason JonMichael

City of AustinAustin Transportation Department

Vella Karman

Austin Public Health

Brandon Kroos

City of AustinAustin Equity Office

David Kulpanowski

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services 

Ed Latson

Austin Regional Manufacturers Association

Ted Lehr

City of AustinCenter for Excellence and Innovation

Edwin Marty

City of AustinOffice of Sustainability

Chris McConnell

City of AustinAustin Transportation Department

Mike Miller

City of AustinAustin History Center
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Kerry O’Connor

City of AustinChief Innovation Officer

Azubike Okpalaeze

Assistant Professor of Computer ScienceHuston-Tillotson University

Alyssa Parra

City of AustinDevelopment Services

Alex Payson

City of AustinAustin Transportation Department

Karl Popham

City of AustinAustin Energy

Abena Primo

Assistant Professor of Computer ScienceHuston-Tillotson University

Charles Purma III

City of AustinInnovation Office

Divya Rathanlal

City of AustinCommunications & Technology Management

Amanda Rohlich

City of AustinOffice of Sustainability
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Kat Schuknecht

Postpartum Support International 
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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 AustinAustin Transportation Department

Bryan Thompson

City of AustinPublic Works

Jonathan Tomko

City of AustinNeighborhood Housing and Community Development


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.