TU Delft will work in two of the five ELSA laboratories that have been awarded as part of the NWA call “Human AI for an inclusive society – towards an ecosystem of trust”. In these two ELSA Labs (“Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects”) researchers, government and business work on knowledge related to the development and application of reliable and human-centered AI in the fields of Defense and Public Safety respectively.
The first project in which TU Delft researchers will participate is the ELSA “Defense” laboratory, run by the TNO. Examples of the use of AI technology in defense are enabling rapid processing of big data and intelligent unmanned robots. The introduction of AI technology in defense raises ethical, legal and social questions. How can AI systems be kept under meaningful human control and how do you maintain the human touch when empowering machines? ELSA Lab Defense develops a scalable, independent and advisory ecosystem for the responsible use of AI in defense.
Researchers from TU Delft are also involved in the ELSA laboratory “AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety issues” (AI-MAPS), led by Erasmus University Rotterdam. Public safety is vital to the functioning of societies. Data generated by multiple agents plays an increasingly important role in preventing, preparing for, and mitigating damage or disaster. The development of a trusted ecosystem regarding the promotion of AI-assisted public safety is at the heart of this ELSA Lab application. In a variety of use cases, benefits and safeguards are analyzed in the context of the agency of the private-public machine.