Track / Overview

With the massive use of Fake News and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the general public is aware that AI can harm democratic processes. But on its bright side, can machine learning help us to better understand and improve democracy?

The AI & Democracy track explores the challenges and opportunities that lie at the intersection of politics, law, and machine learning – beyond Fake News and Cambridge Analytica. Open Government Initiatives have opened access to vast amounts of data that political scientists, lawmakers, legal experts, journalists, and data scientists exploit to gain insights into political and legal processes.

The machine learning toolset of models and algorithms enables the processing of high-dimensional data available in unprecedented fashion. In particular, the AI & Democracy track investigates the extent to which decisions of different actors and institutions in the democratic system, from voters to judges, can be predicted. In the spirit of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight data-driven statistical analysis of politics, we will explore how computational methods are being applied in the political and legal world and discuss whether they strengthen or weaken democracy.

Track / Speakers

Robert West

Professor, EPFL

Roy Gava

Assistant Professor, University of St. Gallen

Victor Kristof

PhD Student, EPFL

Steven Eichenberger

Lecturer, University of Geneva

Alexandra Siegel

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Lucas Leemann

Assistant Professor, University of Zürich

Rayid Ghani

Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Sophie Achermann

Director, alliance F – Co-Founder, Stop Hate Speech

Alexander Immer

PhD student, ETH Zurich

Jacques Savoy

Professor, University of Neuchatel

Oana Goga

Research Scientist, CNRS

Christine Choirat

Chief Innovation Officer, Swiss Data Science Center (ETH Zürich/EPFL)

Arianna Ornaghi

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Irio Musskopf

Software Engineer, Independent

Track / Co-organizers

Victor Kristof

PhD Student, EPFL

Steven Eichenberger

Lecturer, University of Geneva

Roy Gava

Assistant Professor, University of St. Gallen

AMLD EPFL 2021 / Tracks & talks

AI & Cities

Robert West, Catherine Regis, Shazade Jameson, Michael Batty, Abdinassir Sagar, David Rolnick, Gilles Fayad, Myriam Guillemette, Hubert Beroche, James Haworth

14:00-17:00 December 02Online

AI & Democracy

Robert West, Roy Gava, Victor Kristof, Steven Eichenberger, Alexandra Siegel, Lucas Leemann, Rayid Ghani, Sophie Achermann, Alexander Immer, Jacques Savoy, Oana Goga, Christine Choirat, Arianna Ornaghi, Irio Musskopf

10:00-18:00 January 25Online

AI & Food and Nutrition

Marcel Salathé, Fabio Mainardi, Tome Eftimov, Sharada Mohanty, Philippe Glénat, Timon Zimmermann, Mireille Moser, Ugo Gentile, Christoph Trattner, Enrico Zio, Yamine Bouzembrak, Christian Nils Schwab, Carrol Plummer, Patrizia Catellani, Matthias Graeber, Lorijn van Rooijen, Kristina Gligoric, Lydia Afman, Nourchene Ben Romdhane, Talia Salzmann, Thomas Chen, Gjorgjina Cenikj, Gorjan Popovski, Sola Shirai

09:00-17:00 March 01Online

AMLD / Global partners