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Kary Främling

WASP Professor, Department of Computing Science, Umeå University

Meet Kary Främling, WASP Professor at Umeå University, who intends to make AI understandable. Professor Främling was recruited by WASP in 2017.

What is your position/role in WASP?

WASP professor.

Why did you choose to join WASP?

I have worked on autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and related technologies since the 1990’s, also applied to industrial settings. WASP was a great fit for that background.

What are the benefits you see in WASP?

A solid investment on autonomous systems and AI technologies in conjunction has a great potential to create new innovations for the benefit of Swedish industry.

Briefly describe your research topic.

My focus area in WASP is Explainable AI, including method development as well as applications in real-world settings.

In what way can your research be of importance to our society in the future?

Explainable AI methods are sometimes almost as hard to understand as the systems they are meant to explain. The produced explanations are also not really intended for the end-users, in the sense of citizens who are affected by decisions of AI systems. We intend to change that.

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