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iCASE PhD Studentship on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Privacy in private spaces (ESPRC and Dyson) - PhD-funded


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About the Project

Project description

Privacy is a major ethical concern in the development and application of AI and UK parliamentary committees have called for more inclusive approaches to addressing privacy, e.g. privacy by design approaches in the responsible development and application of AI. To achieve this goal, innovative companies need to understand what levels of privacy are desirable, particularly when AI is intended to be used in people’s homes which are traditionally private spaces.

Applicants with backgrounds in computer science and mathematics or the social sciences (including sociology, politics, STS and management) are encouraged to apply and some experience in programming and/or an interest in AI would be desirable. . There will be the opportunity for visits to Dyson and more information on the company can be found here: https://careers.dyson.com/en-gb/who-we-are/.

This project will:
1] examine privacy in private spaces and the ways in which people manage tensions between risks and benefits related to privacy in their own homes; and
2] develop AI systems that engage with users about their privacy requirements and provide reassurance through the visualisation of hardware and AI capability and the establishment of temporal and spatial boundaries for when and where AI can be used in the home.

Funding Notes

This is a 4-year, fully funded PhD Studentship to conduct an interdisciplinary PhD across the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship to cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,285 per year. The successful candidate will start in September 2020 and will receive training from across the two Departments and will be expected to conduct interdisciplinary research in the PhD.
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