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Biography

Christine Aicardi originally trained in applied mathematics, computer sciences and project management, receiving a MEng from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris in 1987. She worked for many years in the Information and Communication Technologies industry, before returning to higher education as a mature student. She received her MSc in History of Science, Medicine and Technology from Imperial College in London in 2005 and her PhD in Science and Technology Studies at University College London in 2010.

She was a Wellcome Trust Library fellow at UCL researching the contemporary history of neuroscience, before joining the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine in 2014. She was Senior Research Fellow in the Human Brain Project Foresight Laboratory until 2020, and is currently Responsible Research & Innovation Lead for the Centres for Doctoral Training in Safe & Trusted AI and in Smart Medical Imaging.

Research

  • Neuroscience, neuro- and brain-inspired technology
  • Futures studies
  • Research infrastructures
  • Collaborative practices
  • Responsible research and innovation

Christine’s research interests include social, futures, and contemporary history studies of artificial intelligence broadly understood (autonomous, adaptive, evolutionary and intelligent systems; brain-inspired computing; robotics), neurotechnology and computational neuroscience. She aims to trace some of their entwined genealogies and to situate them within wider sociotechnical systems and imaginaries, in order to understand their import for society.

She also has a special interest in the development of collaborative methods for engaging scientists, engineers, diverse publics and communities, in practices of responsible research and innovation for future and emerging technologies.

Finally, she is interested in social studies of research collaborations and research infrastructures.

Teaching

7SSHM623 Social and Ethical Implications of AI, Big Data and Algorithms

Further details

See Christine's research profile