Designing for Change: How Participatory Methods Drive Ethical Innovation in AI




Inizio: Apr 8 | 11:30 am

Fine : Apr 8 | 12:30 pm

Artificial Intelligence |

Via Lambruschini, 4B 20156 Milano MI

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Seminar in presence

Building BL26/B – Room 1.25 (first floor)
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via R. Lambruschini, 4/B


Elisa Rubegni
Lancaster University, UK



Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Robotics define unprecedented techno-social realities that, on the one hand, pose new ethical, moral, and social challenges and, on the other, shape the construction of new discourses about their impact on society.
This talk focuses on the application of Participatory Design (PD) for engaging participants in actively shaping their own behaviors and attitudes within this context. By involving participants as active agents in the research process, our goal is to empower them to contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of technology-based interventions aimed at promoting positive change.
The talk emphasizes the significance of collaboration, co-creation, and empowerment in promoting a change of attitude as well as in raising a sense of awareness on the users. Moreover, it will show how participatory methods can empower communities and individuals to shape their own attitudes and challenge existing biases and stereotypes.
The talk will provide a theoretical and methodological background followed by the presentation of some case studies.
This approach aims to contribute to the current debate on how to tackle a responsible innovation perspective for a more equal and inclusive development of AI-based systems.


Elisa Rubegni is Associate Professor at the Department of Computing and Communication of Lancaster University, UK. She is leading the interdisciplinary research group namely Technology Innovation Community and Children (TICTAC). Her research falls within the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), user experience research, and child-computer interaction. Dr. Rubegni work has shed new light on how to design and incorporate technology into everyday practices and aims at developing innovative critical perspectives in user experience research across diverse application areas, ranging from education to health care. Dr. Rubegni has garnered appreciation within the Human-Computer Interaction international community, evolving into a pivotal and respected member. She serves as an Associate Chair at the ACM CHI conference since 2016. Additionally, she is a member of the ACM Interaction Design and Children steering committee and leading the equality, diversity, and inclusion group. 



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