Deborah Morgan was accepted into the PhD programme at the AAAI/ACM AI Ethics and Society Conference in August and talks about her experience:
“I was accepted into the PhD programme at the AAAI/ACM AI Ethics and Society Conference (AIES) which took place in August in Montreal, Canada. The PhD programme is a competitive programme that provides PhD students with targeted programming, mentorship, and financial support to attend AIES.
It was a fantastic experience to present my work at the conference. The extended abstract I submitted was accepted into the conference proceedings and is a good summary of my work so far (https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3600211.3604732).
The range of participants at the conference spanned a number of disciplines and, like ART-AI, was interdisciplinary in perspective and scope. Whilst sometimes this can require additional work to clarify definitions and perspectives between diverse groups, it was a highly enriching experience to discuss my work with scholars from policy, computer science, engineering, mathematics, law, ethics and many more disciplines. I presented my work in a lightning talk in the main conference proceedings and at a poster session in the evening. The programme itself was also very supportive and involved a number of collaborative lunches with other PhD students and mentor sessions. I would really recommend applying for participation in the AIES PhD programme next year for other CDT students.”