Dr Ewa Luger, Chancellor's Fellow
Dr Ewa Luger is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities, a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (Ethical AI by Design: Formalising an HCI agenda), a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research UK (AI and Ethics), and the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) co-ordinator for Design (ECA).
Her work explores applied ethical issues within the sphere of machine intelligence and data-driven systems. This encompasses practical considerations such as data governance, consent, privacy, explainable AI, and how intelligent networked systems might be made intelligible to the user, with a particular interest in distribution of power and spheres of digital exclusion.
Current research interests:
- Ethical/Intelligible AI
- Human-Agent/Human-Data interaction
- Consent and ambient system
- Voice as platform (privacy/ethical implications)
Qualifications: BA Hons (Politics & International Relations), MA (International Relations ESRC Research Track), EPSRC-funded PhD (Computer Science) – University of Nottingham. Ewa previously undertook a Fellowship at Corpus Christi College (University of Cambridge) and Microsoft Research (UK) and builds upon 15 years as a practitioner in the third sector conducting research and evaluation studies related to digital/financial inclusion amongst marginalised groups.
Current Research projects:
‘Designing Ethical Human-Computer Systems’ (EPSRC Telling Tales of Engagement award)
This project responds to the challenge of how we might create balanced, ethical and inclusive human- computer systems. The research began as an exercise in how to (a) highlight the ways in which humans might be supported to understand complex, intelligent systems, and (b) understand how system designers might be supported to consider ethical tenets within the systems they design.
‘Exploring Ethical AI in Accounting’ (CAHSS)
Accounting is one of the latest professions to consider the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support decision-making. However, all such technologies come with unanticipated challenges and risks to human wellbeing. ‘Exploring Ethical AI in Accounting’ is a joint venture between Edinburgh researchers, the RCA (London), and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The aim of the project is to develop a design-based instrument to support the ICAEW in sensitising their membership to the ethical issues surrounding adoption of AI within their profession.
‘Network Plus in Human Data Interaction’ (EPSRC)– more detail found below
‘TIPS 2.0 Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV’ (EPSRC) – more details found below
Current PhD students:
Sarah Bennett “Towards Ethical Development of Symbiotic Human-Machine Systems; Creating Ethical Frameworks and Solutions” (Microsoft scholarship)
James Gardiner “Applying Design Thinking to the development of Ethical AI in Accounting” (SGSAH-AHRC National Productivity Investment Fund scholarship)
Designing Ethical Human-Computer Systems
Funded by: EPSRC ‘Telling Tales of Engagement, 2016’ award
Exploring Ethical AI in Accounting
Accounting is one of the latest professions to consider the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support decision-making.
Network Plus in Human Data Interaction
Network Plus in Human Data Interaction: Legibility, Agency, Negotiability
Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV