The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University organized open doors day for the Master's programs for the upcoming 2018/2019 winter admission campaign. As part of the Artificial Intelligence Master Programme's session, the 'Responsible AI: Ethical, Legal, Social and Economic (ELSE) Aspects' Course - being one of the new initiatives of the Faculty - was presented to the public for the first time.


'Responsible AI: Ethical, Legal, Social and Economic (ELSE) Aspects' is the first and only Bulgarian academic course pondering the legal and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence systems. It is developed for the purposes fo Artificial Intelligence Master Programme, but is currently offered as an elective course for several other programmes at the same department.

The course is multidisciplinary and aims to explore the societal implications of the development and use of responsible AI and to offer practical solutions towards overcoming the ethical, legal, social and economic challenges. Divided in three main modules, the course examines a wide range of practical and theoretical issues related to the development and use of AI in seeking adequate technological, ethical, legal, socio-economic and socio-cognitive frameworks, guidelines and technological solutions. The overall goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive theoretical overview of the issues at hand while focusing on practical problems through the prism of 5 scenarios: autonomous drones; autonomous cars; care robots; chat bots; and personalized (precision) medicine.

The course was developed jointly by Alexandra Tsvetkova and Ivo Emanuilov and starts in October 2018.