ELLIS HCML Workshop 2023

This event is the annual workshop of the ELLIS Human-centric Machine Learning Program.

ELLIS Programs

In addition to ELLIS sites, a European network of top researchers working at locations throughout Europe is being established, organized into ELLIS Programs. These Programs, directed by outstanding European researchers and including leading researchers as Program Fellows, focus on high-impact problem areas that have the potential to move the needle in modern AI.

The ELLIS Programs are inspired by the CIFAR Program model, and closely collaborate with the CIFAR LMB (Learning in Machines and Brains) Program. Each Program has a budget for 2-3 workshops/year to enable meetings of 10-15 Fellows plus guests for intensive scientific exchange. Workshops can be co-located with academic meetings (usually) held in Europe, or organised as stand-alone events, usually at (and with the support of) ELLIS unit sites.


  • help to ensure widespread benefits to, and acceptance from, the public by guaranteeing:
  • transparency, clear accountability, interpretability and fairness of the algorithmic decisions
  • amenable to legal and technical certification, accountability and verifiability.


This event will take place on the 24th of November, 2023.

Time Description
9:30 - 10:00 Introduction (Adrian Weller, Plamen Angelov, Nuria Oliver)
Aims of the workshop:
  • Share an update on ELLIS
  • Understand what each fellow is working on
  • Explore ways to collaborate
  • Brainstorm about upcoming AI regulation + "existential risks" of AI
10:00 - 11:00 Fairness - Moderated by Nuria Oliver
  • Manuel Gomez (online): Improving Decision with Machine Learning, Provably
  • Bruno Lepri (online): Algorithmic recourse approaches
  • Carlos Castillo (online): Human Factors in Decision Support
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 Transparency and interpretability - Moderated by Plamen Angelov
  • Krishna Gummadi: Estimating Latent Knowledge in LLMs
  • Guoying Zhao: Explainable & trustworthy computer vision
  • Plamen Angelov and Dmitry Kangin, IDEAL: Interpretable by Design deep learning Algorithms
13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break
15:00 - 16:00 Regulation and Future of AI - Moderated by Adrian Weller
  • Ciro Cattuto
  • Novi Quadrianto
  • Aurelio Lopez-Tarruella (Associate Professor of Private International Law, University of Alicante): "Requirements and Obligations in the AI Act - Technically Feasible?"
  • Emilia Gomez (online): "Data access for researchers in the Digital Services Act"
16:00 - 17:30 Discussion - Moderated by Nuria Oliver
  • What are the most exciting multi-disciplinary directions to pursue?
  • What is our position regarding AI regulation, generative models, risks of AI?
  • What are the next steps?


Workshop activities will be held in the new Digital District Building 5, Muelle Pte., 03003 Alicante, Spain. This is the fifth headquarters of the Digital District in the city of Alicante, with the capacity to accommodate 550 employees of companies in the technology sector.


Workshop participants can attend virtually following this Teams link.