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35 PhD-students participated during the first meeting of the WASP-HS graduate school.
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New graduate school for future research within AI

Two doctoral students from the University of Gothenburg participated in a first meeting organized by the Wallenberg Foundation's investment in artificial intelligence, WASP-HS. A total of 35 doctoral students from all over Sweden met to be educated in artificial intelligence with a focus on the humanities and social sciences through a newly started graduate school.

 My project has the working title "Trusting simulating image". In the coming years, I will investigate the level of trust that exists among radiologists and other medical staff when facing of new systems with artificial intelligence. It connects to the WASP-HS project in general which is about exploring trust in artificial intelligence in different areas, says Jabbar Hussain, PhD-student at the University of Gothenburg.

Jabbar Hussain has previously worked at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, in Stockholm. Together with Shuren Yu, also new PhD-student, he participated in the meeting.

Integrated education within humanities, social science and AI

The graduate school complements existing PhD programs at University of Gothenburg by contributing to a wide interdisciplinary competence in humanities and social sciences and its relation to AI and autonomous systems. A goal is to train future researchers to the highest international standards by providing integrated training in philosophy, social science, policy research, organisational science, psychology, and other humanities and social science disciplines.

The meeting was a two-day virtual event with the purpose to introduce the topics and visions of WASP-HS and to get to know each other.

– I think the welcome meeting was a great success. The student group is very excited and positive about WASP-HS and the goal of letting them get to know each other worked really well. This is a very good start, says Christian Balkenius, Graduate school director and professor at Lund’s University.

SEK 660 million during ten years

The WASP-HS graduate school will contribute to the diversity and inclusion of AI related expertise and as such strengthen Sweden’s and Europe’s much needed soft-skills on AI and autonomous system
Each of the doctoral students holds a position at a Swedish university as a member of one of the 16 research projects that are run in the WASP-HS program. The graduate school will build a community where the research students can learn from each other and support each other throughout their PhD studies as well as during their continued careers by means of alumni activities.

– The next step of the graduate school is the two courses that will be given during this semester that give an introduction to intelligence from a human and an engineering perspective respectively. The goal is to give the PhD students a common ground for their research and future thesis work, Christian Balkenius says.

Text: Mikael Hansson, Umeå university and Peter Larsson

More information

Jabbar Hussain and Shuren Yu are PhD-students at the Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg. They are going to work in the WASP-HS financed project Professional trust and autonomous systems led by Professor Jonas Ivarsson.

Read more about Professional Trust and Autonomous Systems

Read more about WASP-HS graduate school