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Pekka Abrahamsson, PhD


Professor of Information Systems and Software Engineering
University of Jyväskylä

Pekka Abrahamsson received his PhD on Software Engineering in 2002 from University of Oulu. His research is in the area of emerging software technologies, empirical software engineering and the ethics of artificial intelligence. Prior to his current position he has served as a full professor in Italy and in Norway. He has also worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as a research professor. He has published broadly in his fields of expertise and received many awards and recognitions. He received the Nokia Foundation Award in 2007, selected him as Top-100 Most Influential Scholar in software engineering in 2016 and he co-authored the best paper of 2018 in Journal of Systems and Software. He is the co-founder of the Software Startup Research Network (SSRN) and a seasoned expert in leading international research projects.

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 Implementing Ethics in AI

The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has progressed rapidly in the past few years. AI systems are having a growing impact on society and concerns have been raised whether AI system can be trusted. A way to address these concerns is to employ ethically aligned design principles to the development of AI software. Yet these principles are still far away from practical application. This talk provides state-of-the-art empirical insight into what should researchers and professionals do today when the client wants ethics to be added to their system.

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