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In Focus

Developing Explanations Together

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How can humans make sense of decisions made by machines? How can artificial intelligence (AI) become something that is understandable? It is frequently the case that technical explanations require prior knowledge about how AI works and are difficult to follow. In the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre “Constructing Explainability” (TRR 318), researchers from the Universities of Bielefeld and Paderborn are exploring how to integrate users in explanatory processes. Learn more

Socio-Technical World: Interactive Intelligent Systems

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This focus of research is concerned with capabilities and mechanisms that enable agents such as humans, robots, and AI to act, communicate, and learn alone or together in complex environments. The heart of this strategic research area is the Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). While CITEC involves researchers from computer science, biology, psychology, sports science, and linguistics, the strategic research area reaches out beyond these disciplines to include health sciences, law, sociology, business administration and economics as well as philosophy with a focus on the impact of technical interactive intelligent systems on all relevant societal domains. There is close cooperation with national and international strategic partners both from industry and from the public sector (e.g. Miele, Bertelsmann, Honda, and the von Bodelschwingh Foundation).

Scientific Discipline

9th in Engineering Sciences (relative to number of scientific staff)


Research Field (Review Board)

  • 5th in Social and Behavioral Sciences (absolute)
  • 5th in Psychology (absolute)
  • 10th in Computer Science (absolute)
  • 10th in Jurisprudence (absolute)

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