CS 565

TOPICS in Human-Computer Interaction


Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science 

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Email: sharifas@illinois.edu


This course primarily meets in person. Zoom link might be provided on occasions.

Office Hours: On request over email. Please Put "CS 565: Ethics in AI" in the email header. 

Course Description

This course introduces critical social analysis of the ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence. Students will learn about the theories of ethics, the history of AI, the intersection between ethics and computing, the underlying values of AI, privacy concerns around AI applications, different kinds of biases (based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith, geographic location, etc.) associated with many AI applications, the concerns around AI, and associated debates based on contemporary examples. This course will prepare students for systematically analyzing and auditing an AI system for its ethical standards, and designing new systems that are fairer.

Learning Objectives 

Recommended Books

Class Evaluation

Additional details on the grading breakdown/rubrics will be available as the semester progresses.

The evaluation is based on the student’s active participation in discussion and question-answering, depth of understanding of the subject matter, skills of connecting different literature, critical analysis ability, and the strength in creative thinking. 

Attendance Policy

The instructor will record the attendance through participation in discussion. For planned absence (e.g., religious observance, athletic commitment, interview, among others), students must inform the instructor and may turn in assignments in advance (if they will be absent on the day it is due). For unplanned occasions (e.g., serious illness, family emergency, among others), please contact the instructor immediately.  

Academic Integrity

Students should pay particular attention to Article 1, Part 4: Academic Integrity. Read the Code at the following URL: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/. Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade. Every student is expected to review and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy: https://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1/part4/1-401/. Ignorance is not an excuse for any academic dishonesty. It is your responsibility to read this policy to avoid any misunderstanding. 

Mental Health

Significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, substance/alcohol misuse or interferences in eating or sleep can have an impact on academic performance, social development, and emotional wellbeing. The University of Illinois offers a variety of confidential services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, and specialized screenings which are covered through the Student Health Fee. If you or someone you know experiences any of the above mental health concerns, it is strongly encouraged to contact or visit any of the University’s resources provided below. Getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do for yourself and for those who care about you.  

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.