“As a Master's student in the AI programme, I got to know the researchers in the SIAC for the first time. I really liked the interesting lectures and the approachable attitude of Pim Haselager and Giulio Mecacci. With their courses, they train AI professionals who can put their technical capabilities in a societal perspective. My background in philosophy enabled me to work with them as a teaching and research assistant. When a position as a junior lecturer and PhD candidate at SIAC opened up, I immediately applied.
My research interest concerns the impact AI has on society, and in particular the role ‘responsibility’ has in this. I have explored the way AI can impact liberal democracies, both positively and negatively. Currently, I investigate how automation-induced confusions in the sense of agency can contribute to generating responsibility gaps. These are situations in which one’s responsibility is hard to attribute or is misattributed, for example when an AI can make certain decisions autonomously.
Teaching-wise, I assist in a few courses concerning societal impact and ethics of AI. I also supervise a group of bachelor students of the AI programme in writing their thesis. The wide variety of fascinating topics the students choose to investigate makes this job interesting and rewarding.”