Phd students in ai ethics

Who we are


Founded in December 2021 by Bec Johnson, a PhD student at the University of Sydney and research intern in Google’s Ethical AI. We grew fast! We now have over 400 members from nearly 50 countries, representing every continent (except for Antarctica!). Primarily our members are PhD candidates, but we also have Master’s by Research candidates, Postdoctoral researchers, recent PhD graduates, and early career researchers. Some members choose to share their details only on LinkedIn or via our members-only Slack workspace, some others are listed below.

The list below provides highlights of some of our active members.

PhD students in AI Ethics

Name & LinkedInInstituteResearchCountry
André GualtieriPontifical Catholic University of São PauloAI ethics, policies and regulationsBrazil
Anna PuzioUniv. WWU Münster, HfPh MünchenPhilosophical anthropology and ethics of transhumanism (anthropology of technology).Germany
Bec JohnsonThe University of SydneyThrough a Dark Glass, Clearly: AI ethics through a sociotechnical Lens.
A PhD project examining the ethics of artificial neural networks and how they reflect who we are.
Chloe HadenUniversity of HertfordshireTo what extent should Artificial Intelligence be regulated to ensure an ethical framework for liability (mainly on human rights, data protection and liability issues of AI).United Kingdom
Chris BonifaceUniversity of CanterburyThe Impact of AI on established medical rights and dutiesNew Zealand
Corinna HertweckUniversity of ZurichAlgorithmic fairness, linking statistical and philosophical conceptions of fairness.Switzerland
Devesh NarayananNational University of SingaporeNormative-theoretical undepinnings of explainable AI; algorithmic management & control in organisationsSingapore
Donald Jay BertulfoDelft University of TechnologyCritical Computing in the Public InterestNetherlands
Enrico PanaiUniversity of SassariIndipendent Audits of AI SystemsItaly
Fabian BeigangLondon School of EconomicsAlgorithmic fairness and causal modellingUK
Garba MoussaNice Sophia Antipolis UniversityDatascientist consulting to UNESCOFrance
Giada PistilliSorbonne UniversitéInterdisciplinary empirical research on a chatbot for citizens and public administrations/local authorities to facilitate communication between them, while applying ethical principles of AI (established within our ethical charter) to the design, development, deployment of the chatbot itself (UX, NLP, data processing).France
Henrietta LyonsUniversity of MelbourneContestability in algorithmic decision-makingAustralia
Julija KalpoieneVytautas Magnus UniversityCompetition between human and AI authors analysing from copright, competition and human rights law perspectives. The use of coprighted material in training AI for commercial purposes.Lithuania
Kashif JavedZhengzhou UniversityJudicial AI and risks of Algorithms biasednessPakistan
Katleho MokoenaUniversity of PretoriaUsing indigenous Southern African philosophy of Ubuntu as an ethical lens for the implications of AI in the African context in general and specifically in South Africa.South Africa
Laura CromptonUniversity of ViennaAnalysis and evaluation of the influence AI (as decision support) can have on human agents.Austria
Leslye DiasRuhr Universität BochumRisks and chances of machine learning in medical diagnosis from a normative – risk ethics approach.Germany
Lucía Ortiz de Zárate AlcarazoUniversidad Autónoma de MadridAnalysing behavioral approaches to public policies that involve artificial intelligence and its ethical repercussions (privacy, freedom, autonomy, etc.).Spain
Matt HastingsColorado School of MinesEthics of Technology, Education, Critical Theory, Political Economy. Very interested in studying the ethical aspects of creating new technologies – how this work contributes to the flourishing of those doing the inventing.USA
Natalia Menéndez GonzálezEuropean University InstitutePhD (Algorithmic) accountability for data processing by Facial Recognition Technology: an EU law perspectiveSpain
Orhan ÖnderIstanbul UniversityEthical evaluation of AI applications in clinical medicine.Turkey
Patricia GautrinUniversity of MontrealPhD – AI Ethics – Automated decision-making – Fair Standards – Risks for Human Rights – SDG16 from UNCanada
Pietra QuinelatoUniversity of Sao Paulo (USP)Artificial intelligence and copyright protection. Privacy in personalised pricing algorithms on digital platforms – analysis of the formation of behavior profiles and reserve prices (WTP) for each individual based on automated decisions.Brazil
Rafaella NogaroliFederal University of Paraná (UFPR)Emerging technologies (medical robotic systems, artificial intelligence, telemedicine) in healthcare: legal and ethical aspects such as informed consent and medical malpractice law.Brazil
Rob HansonSwinburne / Data Standards BodyUsing naratives to explain the risks with emerging technology (primarily data privacy) “Fables for Future Technologies”.Australia
Samuela MarchioriUniversity of TwenteAI ethics and policyNetherlands
Serg MasísSyngenta / Illinois Institute of TechnologyMaking interpretabality research approachable to practitioners.USA
Sheilla NjotoUniversity of MelbourneHow and to what extent hiring algorithms discriminate against women and feminine language? This interdisciplinary research explores the semantical representation of gender to see to what extent a decision made on the basis of gender is considered discriminatory.Australia
Silvia A. CarrettaUppsala University – WASP-HS graduate schoolLegal accountability of autonomous-thinking AI systems – Researching ethical guidelines for a trustworthy AI and the principle of accountability in relation to self-learning, autonomous AI systems.Sweden
Sylvie SagetUniversity of GothenburgConversational AI (dialog model, cognitive agent theory and architecture, design and conception methods). Study of acceptance as a doxatic state and its consequences on cognitive agency as well as technology acceptance.Sweden
Thomas TiottoRijksuniversiteit GroningenPhD in Neuromorphic Computing using memristors to model short- and long-term memory. MSc thesis on dialogical Explainable AI: “Explainable AI with Probabilistic Graphical Models”.Netherlands
Tricia GriffinUniversity of MaastrichtInvestigation of the normative and practical applications of AI/ML with a focus on 1) the current internal morality of the field; and 2) how to engage the public in the AI/ML ethics dialogue.Netherlands
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Membership is by application. Approved members will be current or recent (within 5 years) higher degree by research students. Research students include PhDs, Master's by Research, Master's of Philosophy, and other doctorates. Prospective PhD and research students, those currently undertaking undergraduate, Honours, or Master's by Coursework are encouraged to follow us on Linkedin and apply for membership when they have been accepted to a higher degree by research program.