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Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem

Univ of Pretoria
South Africa
Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem is professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria. She is the coordinator of the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence Research Group at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) in South Africa, and chair of the Steering Committee for the Southern African Conference for AI Research (SACAIR). She has a PhD in mathematical logic and the philosophy of science. Her thesis focused on formulating a mathematical model-theoretic analysis of the structure of scientific theories. Currently, she works in the philosophy of technology on human-technology relations, and in AI ethics in machine ethics, the ethics of social robotics, and data ethics. She also researches technology-related policy making and focuses on generating culturally sensitive policies for trustworthy AI technologies, while aiming for global regulation. In the philosophy of science, her work is centred on debates in scientific realism, the structure of scientific theories, and the status of machine learning-based methodologies in the discovery/justification debate in the philosophy of science. Her research in both the ethics of artificial intelligence and the philosophy of science includes application of non-classical formal logics to selected problems. Emma is a corresponding member of the International Academy for the Philosophy of Science. She is the South African representative at the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST). She is an associate editor of the Journal for Science and Engineering Ethics, a member of the editorial board of Springer’s Synthese Library Book Series, and a member of the editorial board of Acta Baltica: Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum. She is the founder of the CAIR/UP ‘Artificial Intelligence for Society’ Symposium Series. As AI ethics policy researcher, Emma is a member of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA)-NEPAD Consultative Roundtable on Ethics in Africa, a member of the African Commission Human and People’s Rights Committee (ACHPR) task team working on the Resolution 473 study on Human and Peoples’ Rights and AI, Robotics and other New and Emerging Technologies in Africa, and the rapporteur for the UNESCO World Commission for Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). She was the chairperson of the Bureau of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) that drafted the Recommendation for a global instrument on the ethics of AI which was adopted by UNESCO member states after various periods of negotiation in November 2021. She is a current member of the AHEG working on implementing the Recommendation. She is a member of various advisory boards: the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Programme (Human Sciences) hosted by Umeå University, Sweden; the Global AI Ethics Institute; the International Group of Artificial Intelligence (IGOAI); the international Z-Inspection® network which is an approach based on the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI by the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence; the Innovation Hub on Artificial Intelligence for Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health in Africa (HASH) distributed between the Academy for Health Innovation in Uganda, the Makerere University AI lab in Kenia, and Sunbird AI; SAP SE, Germany; and the Interdisciplinary Centre of Digital Futures (ICDF) at the University of the Free State, South Africa. In addition, Emma is a member of the Responsible AI Network Africa (RAIN), which is a joint venture of the Technical University Munich and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. She is a collaborating fellow at the International Research Center for AI Ethics and Governance, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is co-convener of the Ethics Working Group at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She is a member of the newly founded Global South AI 4BetterFutures Initiative, and of the Global Academic Network at the Center for AI and Digital Policy, Washington, DC.

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Thursday, August 6

17:00 EEST