APRU International Secretariat is calling for scholar participation to a research and publication project supported by Google. Applications for participation (using the attached EOI form) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at the APRU Secretariat by September 30, 2017.
Approximately 12 scholars are to be recruited to take part in;
a) two face-to-face meetings planned to take place in Tokyo and Hong Kong and
b) one virtual meeting over a 12-month period to present their working papers with the intention of publishing these with a with a partner to be confirmed.
The topic of the project shall be “Democratizing AI and Building Trust in the Technology”. While the meaning of the topic itself will be a subject of discussion, the project’s initial intention is that (a) access to the benefits of AI, (b) awareness about the nature of the technology, (c) governance of the technology and its development process with a focus on responsible development, should be open, understood by and accessible to all people regardless of their geographic, generational, economic, cultural and/or other social background. Any research that contributes to the topic is welcome. Contributions that reflect unique aspects of the Pacific Rim will be particularly appreciated. Please see following Appendix for some suggested topics.
In addition to academic outputs to be provided independently by the researchers, the organizers will be preparing policy statements aimed to be addressed at APEC that reflect (with explicit permissions from the researchers) the discussions made during the project.
Academic lead is provided by Professor Jiro Kokuryo (Keio University) and Professor Toby Walsh (UNSW Sydney) as academic co-chairs. Academic co-ordination is ensured by Catharina Maracke (Keio University).
1) Submission of a work-in-progress paper for first face-to-face meeting schedule Dec, 1, 2017
2) Submission of work-in-progress paper for virtual meeting, date tbc
3) Submission of the first draft working paper for the second face-to-face meeting, date tbc
4) Submission of the completed working paper by the end of November 2018.
Researchers are free to publish any output resulting from research without any permission from the APRU secretariat or the sponsor with the condition that the document includes the following statement: “This document is created as a result of a discussion series supported by Google. Statements included are made entirely independently by the author(s) under their sole responsibility.”
Applications for participation (using the attached EOI form) should be sent to email@example.com at the APRU Secretariat by September 30, 2017.
Please note that the first face-to-face meeting will be held in Tokyo at Keio University Mita Campus on December 1, 2017. While virtual participation may be possible for this meeting, physical presence by all participating scholars is strongly suggested.
Examples of research topics
Expression of Interest_Democratizing AI