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KI 2023: AI Systems for the Public Interest


Workshop: AI Systems for the Public Interest

26 September 2023

Co-located with the 46th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence | Wilhelminenhofcampus (HTW) Berlin, Germany

Theresa Züger & Hadi Asghari



The number of AI projects aiming to serve the common good or a public interest is increasing rapidly. But often the information on these projects, their initiators, funders, methods and objectives is not transparent, hindering the goal of serving the public. Many AI applications touch upon sensitive areas with public wellbeing at stake, such as public health, mobility, and justice systems. In this interdisciplinary workshop we will connect public interest theory to the debate about AI projects and foster exchange amongst existing projects that use AI to serve the public interest to explore common challenges, methods, and standards. 



10:00-11:00 Session I: What is Public Interest AI?

Welcome “Theoretical frames and practical lessons for a PI/AI”
Theresa Züger

Keynote “Eight Requirements for Tech in the Public Interest“
Aline Blankertz (Wikimedia)


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Session II: NLP Applications and PI/AI (moderator: Hadi Asghari)

“Participation-driven Neural Language Models for Comprehensibility-enhanced Communication
Marina Tropmann-Frick, Thorben Schomacker, Michael Gille, & Jörg von der Hülls

“BERT-based Hate Speech Detection for Civic Engagement Platforms in German Language”
Julia Friske, Aruscha Kramm, Jonas Kreusch, Claudius Lieven, &  Eric Peukert

“Guided by Fake Values”
Sami Nenno

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Session III: Public Policies for PI/AI (moderator: Judith Fassbender)

“AI in Welfare: public policies, public interest, and political mandate”
Doris Allhutter, Anila Alushi, Monika Berdys, Emma Hughes, Maris Männiste, Christian Pentzold, & Sebastian Sosnowski

“AI-driven Knee Posture Detection in Cycle Training using IMUs”
Andreas Emrich, Janaki Viswanathan, Michael Frey, Peter Fettke, & Peter Loos

“Fostering health data-driven AI innovation in Brazil while  safeguarding individuals’ privacy, dignity, economic fairness”
Matheus Falcão & Renan Gadoni Canaan

15:00-15:45 Concluding Discussion
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break


This workshop introduces the concept of public interest AI and aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in this field. We wish to host a discussion on the criteria, necessary processes and societal conditions for AI systems to serve the public interest. We invite submissions on case studies as well as broader research on this topic, including issues around data collection, data sharing, who audits public interest driven systems,and other aspects of the AI lifecycle. The motivation to use AI for a common good is claimed widely. Aside from the popularity of the claim, the qualities that stand for the common good or public interest of AI are rather fuzzy. From a research perspective the lack of empirical data to analyze what kind of criteria and which actors define AI in the public interest is problematic.

We hope this workshop can contribute to an exchange of recent empirical and conceptual research findings on AI systems serving the public interest. We hope to spark an interdisciplinary discussion on public interest AI and the economic, organizational and technological conditions underpinning its success and sustainable impact. This workshop addresses AI methods from an interdisciplinary perspective bringing the goal of serving public interest to the forefront. We encourage submissions that report on work in progress, case studies, tools, or present a synthesis of empirical insights on AI in the public interest. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI for public health and medicine
  • AI for sustainability
  • AI for mobility
  • AI for accessibility
  • AI for journalism 
  • AI for equality & equitable AI
  • AI and fairness, transparency, and accountability questions

Workshop Organisers


The deadline for submitting papers has already passed.

Event date

26.09.2023 ical | gcal


Wird noch bekanntgegeben || to be announced


Theresa Züger, Dr.

Research Group Lead: Public Interest AI | AI & Society Lab


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