Ethics for the Smart City: Applied socio-technical frameworks to assess the implementation of AI-related solutions

This project involves interdisciplinary research into Smart City solutions from a social science and engineering perspective. The research team will examine the deployment of Smart City related projects and solutions in a real urban environment and monitor the community’s response. Kirchheim bei München provides the social, political, and territorial context to draw advancements toward human-centered Smart Cities while answering the question: how can we assess AI-enabled solutions implemented in urban settings from a socio-technical perspective? The project focuses on three key aspects: sustainability, governance, and acceptance, which unfold into four axes: Smart Cities for sustainable development: assessing social and environmental impacts urban governance: transparency and public engagement; data governance: transparency, data policies, privacy, stakeholder accountability; ethics by design: developing and deploying trustworthy technologies. The primary outcomes are socio-technical frameworks aiming to steer the ethical development of technology-based solutions and promote their responsible implementation in urban settings.

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Principal Investigators

Postdoc Reseacher

External Partners

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge, TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, Institute for Ethics in AI

Prof. Dr. Constantinos Antoniou, TUM School of Engineering and Design, Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering

Catarina Fontes, Institute for Ethics in AI

  • Gemeinde Kirchheim bei München
  • The DFKI-Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
  • Ariadne Maps, Georgios Pipelidis