Artificial Intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly prominent role in our society, and its applications are becoming more sophisticated. The use of AI involves ethical, legal, and societal aspects. The ELSA (Ethical, Legal, and Societal) AI Lab Northern Netherlands (ELSA AI lab Northern Netherlands (ELSA-NN)) is a consortium consisting of knowledge institutions, societal partners, companies, and patient and public organizations. It focuses on developing knowledge relevant to the responsible development and application of AI in the context of healthcare. ELSA-NN includes various work packages (such as participation, ethics, law, and psychology) and addresses various AI applications (use-cases) in the areas of healthy living, working, and ageing – including the monitoring data use-case.
For the work package ‘integration’ and the use-case 'monitoring data', we are looking for a PhD candidate. In recent years, many AI guidelines have been developed, but these mainly describe general ethical and legal principles. What is lacking are practical guidelines regarding how these principles can be applied during the process of developing and implementing AI applications. This process, in which AI applications are developed and operationalized, is also referred to as MLOps. Currently, MLOps ‘best practices’ are becoming increasingly common, but primarily focus on technical aspects of the developer’s workflow. On the other hand, there are the numerous guidelines and frameworks that address ELSA aspects. The goal of the research is to bring these two together. That is, we aim to integrate ELSA into the MLOps process. The main task of the PhD candidate will involve gathering and consolidating knowledge for the development and testing of workflows, tools, or a reference architecture that can be used in MLOps and incorporates ELSA principles and to test and evaluate its use in practice. With the ultimate goal to enable the development of 'ELSA by design' AI applications in the context of healthy living, working, and ageing.