The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Presentation entitled:

Why is my Roomba trying to kill my cat? The need to build transparent machines

Speaker: Mr. Andreas Theodorou
Affiliation: University of Bath, UK
Category: Presentation
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time: 12:00-13:00 EET
Host: Antonis Kakas (

Transparency is a key consideration for the ethical design and use of Artificial Intelligence, and has recently become a topic of public interest and debate. We frequently use philosophical, mathematical, and biologically-inspired techniques for building interactive, intelligent agents. Yet often, we treat them as black boxes, with no understanding of how the underlying real-time decision making functions. The black-box nature of intelligent systems, such as in context-aware applications, makes interaction limited and often uninformative for the end user. Limiting interactions may negatively affect the system's performance or even jeopardize the functionality of the system. Transparency allows a better understanding of an agent's emergent behaviour, helping not only with debugging AI, but also with its public understanding, hopefully removing the potentially-frightening mystery around “why my robot behaves like that”.

Short Bio:
Andreas is a PhD student in the Intelligent Systems group at the University of Bath, where he works under the supervision of Dr Joanna Bryson in Artificial Models of Natural Intelligence. His main research interest is the design and application of intelligent systems, and its effects on human society. Currently, in addition to providing development on ABOD3, a plan editor, Andreas is exploring the understanding and intuitions that can guide human cooperative behaviour, by using interventions in the form of computer game technology. He also has a strong research interest in the ethical and legal implications of Artificial Intelligence in societies and is engaged in a research programme to build and understand the effects of implementing transparent to inspection intelligent agents.

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