The Workshop

This year the AI3SD Network+ (Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery) will be running a workshop at the WebSci20 Conference in Southampton, UK. Artificial and Augmented Intelligence systems have the potential to make a real difference in the scientific discovery domain however this brings a new wealth of ethical and societal implications to consider with regards to this research (e.g. human enhancement, algorithmic biases, risk of detriment). This workshop looks to explore the ethical and societal issues centered around using intelligent technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Intelligence, Machine Learning, and in general Semantic Web Knowledge Technologies) to further scientific discovery, with a strong consideration of data ethics and algorithmic accountability. Advances in technology and software are rarely inherently bad in themselves, however that unfortunately does not preclude them from being subverted to ill intent by others; furthermore, as demonstrated by the examples above, even an unintentional lack of care towards ethical codes and algorithmic accountability can lead to societal and ethical implications of scientific discovery. It is our responsibility as researchers to consider these issues in our research; are we conducting studies ethically? What ethical codes can we put in place for scientific discovery research to mitigate against ethical and societal issues. These are really important issues, and they require an interdisciplinary focus between scientists, social scientists and technical experts in order to be comprehensively addressed. 

Key Dates
  • Workshop At WebSci20: 7th July 2020 10:00-16:45.


  • This workshop will take place at the WebSci20 Conference at the University of Southampton. The main conference sessions will take place in the prestigious new Centenary Building (Building 100) which was recently completed to celebrate 100 years of teaching at Highfield Campus.  
  • Due to COVID-19, this workshop will now take place virtually via Zoom. Details are available upon registration for the Web Science Conference. 

Programme Committee

We are part of AI3SD: The Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery Network, and as such we are keenly interested in research that applies AI technologies to science. However, we are aware that this process has many ethical and societal implications, and want to ensure that these areas are fully investigated and considered so that research in the AI for Scientific Discovery Research can be conducted in an ethical and responsible fashion.