Funding: Volkswagen Foundation
Project duration: 01.12.2018 - 30.11.2022

BIAS is an interdisciplinary research initiative that brings together experts from philosophy, law and computer science and combines epistemological, ethical, legal and technical perspectives.

Our joint research question is: How can we ensure that big data analysis and algorithm-based decision-making are free from bias and non-discriminatory? To this end, we offer philosophical analyses of relevant concepts and principles, examine their application in relevant legal frameworks and develop technical solutions such as de-biasing strategies and discrimination detection methods.

Our shared conviction is that it is not just about the algorithms, but rather about the entire system of computerized predictions and human decisions that must be qualified as free of bias and non-discriminatory. Our solutions will therefore address the entire decision-making process rather than focusing on isolated components.

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