School of Computer Science

Extended Study Leave cements new interdisciplinary collaboration in AI and Human Decision Making

Christian and Stephen at CMU

In late 2021, the EPSRC project 'Leveraging the Multi-Stakeholder Nature of Cyber Security', led by Professor Christian Wagner in Computer Science, in collaboration with the UK National Cyber Security Centre and the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), USA came to a close. While collaboration throughout the project was not always easy due to travel and visit bans, the work has led to new links collaboration has facilitated new collaborations with colleagues from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at CMU. With travel finally opening up, Christian has been on an extended research visit to the Department of Social and Decision Science at CMU, working closely with Professor Stephen Broomell.

Christian mentions: "It has been a really exciting time here at CMU, working with colleagues who have very warmly welcomed me. I have been able to learn a lot, from sitting-in on classes in decision and social science, to collaborating with world-leading academics like Stephen. It would not have happened without the support from both our institutions, so a big thank you to them." Early, interdisciplinary outcomes of the collaboration have been published in Behavior Research Methods[1], and the team is excited about forthcoming projects. Stephen notes: "We have been working on novel aggregation operators and their role both in terms of helping us understand human decision-making, and conversely, their potential in helping us to shape artificial intelligence approaches such that they are interpretable by people." Christian adds: "Right now, we are working on a set of outcomes to both Social and Computer Science. The next step is to look for funding to continue and broaden the research collaboration going forward between our labs and universities in the UK and the US"'

[1] Ellerby, Z., Wagner, C. & Broomell, S.B. Capturing richer information: On establishing the validity of an interval-valued survey response mode. Behav Res (2021).

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Posted on Tuesday 24th May 2022

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