Special Issue "AI and Interaction Technologies for Social Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marwa Mahmoud
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Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
Interests: computer vision; affective computing; social signal processing; pattern recognition; machine learning; multimodal representation learning; behavioural analytics; human behaviour understanding
Dr. Maria Perez-Ortiz
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Guest Editor
Artificial Intelligence Center, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Interests: machine learning; image processing; recommender systems; AI in education; environmental sustainability; biomedicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past decade, technology and interactive systems are becoming an integral part of our society. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming intertwined in our daily life and progressively having a wider impact on many sectors. It is necessary to assess innovation’s effect on the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Although sustainable goals are often not directly considered the main objective when developing and creating new AI models and computer interaction interfaces, many applications of these technologies, such as in healthcare, smart cities, education and welfare, will have a powerful and direct impact on people’s lives and could play a crucial role as catalysts in developing a sustainable society.

This Special Issue generally aims to i) synthesize how AI might change (and is already changing) our society, ii) serve as a display of the potential of intelligent and interactive technologies for ensuring a thriving and sustainable society, as well as iii) provide a synopsis of the developments needed in order to leverage this sustainable technological revolution on a global scale.

Dr. Marwa Mahmoud
Dr. Maria Perez-Ortiz
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • AI for social good
  • human–computer interaction for social sustainability
  • fair and responsible AI
  • social signal processing
  • AI in low resource settings and global challenges
  • transparent and accountable machine learning
  • affective computing
  • AI in biomedicine and healthcare
  • intelligent interactive systems in education
  • interactive and sustainable smart cities

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Towards Social Identity in Socio-Cognitive Agents
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11390; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011390 - 15 Oct 2021
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Current architectures for social agents are designed around some specific units of social behavior that address particular challenges, such as modeling beliefs and motivations, establishing social relationships, or understanding group memberships. Although their performance might be adequate for controlled environments, deploying these agents [...] Read more.
Current architectures for social agents are designed around some specific units of social behavior that address particular challenges, such as modeling beliefs and motivations, establishing social relationships, or understanding group memberships. Although their performance might be adequate for controlled environments, deploying these agents in the wild is difficult. Moreover, the increasing demand for autonomous agents capable of living alongside humans calls for the design of more robust social agents that can cope with diverse social situations. We believe that to design such agents, their sociality and cognition should be conceived as one. This includes creating mechanisms for constructing social reality as an interpretation of the physical world with social meanings and selective deployment of cognitive resources adequate to the situation. We identify several design principles that should be considered while designing agent architectures for socio-cognitive systems. Taking these remarks into account, we propose a socio-cognitive agent model based on the concept of cognitive social frames that allow the adaptation of an agent’s cognition based on its interpretation of its surroundings, its social context. Our approach supports an agent’s reasoning about other social actors and its relationship with them. Cognitive social frames can be built around social groups, and form the basis for social group dynamics mechanisms and construct of social identity. Full article
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Ethics of Smart Cities: Towards Value-Sensitive Design and Co-Evolving City Life
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11162; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011162 - 09 Oct 2021
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The digital revolution has brought about many societal changes such as the creation of “smart cities”. The smart city concept has changed the urban ecosystem by embedding digital technologies in the city fabric to enhance the quality of life of its inhabitants. However, [...] Read more.
The digital revolution has brought about many societal changes such as the creation of “smart cities”. The smart city concept has changed the urban ecosystem by embedding digital technologies in the city fabric to enhance the quality of life of its inhabitants. However, it has also led to some pressing issues and challenges related to data, privacy, ethics inclusion, and fairness. While the initial concept of smart cities was largely technology- and data-driven, focused on the automation of traffic, logistics and processes, this concept is currently being replaced by technology-enabled, human-centred solutions. However, this is not the end of the development, as there is now a big trend towards “design for values”. In this paper, we point out how a value-sensitive design approach could promote a more sustainable pathway of cities that better serves people and nature. Such “value-sensitive design” will have to take ethics, law and culture on board. We discuss how organising the digital world in a participatory way, as well as leveraging the concepts of self-organisation, self-regulation, and self-control, would foster synergy effects and thereby help to leverage a sustainable technological revolution on a global scale. Furthermore, a “democracy by design” approach could also promote resilience. Full article
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