The Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center (ETHICx) – pronounced “ethics” — will advance ethics-in-technology-centered research, education, and engagement at the Georgia Institute of Technology in collaboration with communities, government, non-governmental organizations, and industry. The Center was launched by the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and the College of Computing with generous seed funding from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research.

ETHICx Related Projects at Georgia Tech

AI Manufacturing, Ethics, and Policy

ETHICx is supporting the Georgia Artificial Intelligence Manufacturing Technology Corridor (GA-AIM), which received a $65-million grant

from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to support a statewide initiative that combines artificial intelligence and manufacturing innovations with transformational workforce and outreach programs. Justin Biddle and Philip Shapira are leading a team to facilitate the early identification and management of potential ethical and societal consequences of AI-enabled manufacturing systems.

AI Manufacturing, Ethics, and Policy

National AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (AI-ALOE)

ETHICx is supporting AI-ALOE, which received a $20-million grant

from the National Science Foundation to transform online adult learning. Michael Hoffmann is chairing the team “Participatory Design for Human Well-Being,” which works to ensure that all AI technologies developed by the Institute are designed in a way that takes the well-being of users, unintended users, and stakeholders into account. Through user and stakeholder engagement, the Participatory Design Team gives a voice in the design process to those who will be affected by the AI-ALOE technologies.


National AI Institute for Advances in Optimization (AI4OPT)

ETHICx is supporting AI4OPT, which aims to deliver a paradigm shift in automated decision making at massive scales by fusing AI and Mathematical Optimization (MO), to achieve breakthroughs that neither field can achieve independently. The Institute is supported by a $20-million grant

from the National Science Foundation. ETHICx is supporting AI4OPT in its efforts to incorporate ethics and values into the design of optimization systems from the start, rather than as an afterthought. Swati Gupta is the Lead of the Ethical AI Thrust, with Justin Biddle serving as co-lead.