2023 CAIDE Seed Funding: Automated Expertise

This seed funding round is looking for up to 5 projects exploring the ethical, legal, philosophical, scientific, technical or policy challenges of automated tools providing (or claiming to provide) expertise in a specific field.

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The explosion of AI based tools such as large language models, AI diagnostic tools, chatbot mental health support and AI art generators have posed wide reaching and gritty challenges for various industries. What do these new tools mean for your field and the expertise in your industry? What are the ethical, legal, philosophical, scientific, technical or policy-based challenges these tools are creating? Should we prioritise or ban the use of these tools? What can a human expert do that these tools can’t or visa versa?

Examples of existing research

Quinn, T. P., Senadeera, M., Jacobs, S., Coghlan, S., & Le, V. (2021). Trust and medical AI: the challenges we face and the expertise needed to overcome them. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA28(4), 890–894. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa268

Tchemeube, R. B., Ens, J. J., & Pasquier, P. (2022.) Calliope: A Co-creative Interface for Multi-Track Music Generation. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C '22). Association for Computing Machinery, 608–611. https://doi.org/10.1145/3527927.3535200

Funding opportunity

CAIDE is looking to advance cross-disciplinary research by providing seed funding for 2 or 3 projects focusing on Automated Expertise The program is designed to develop research ideas and nurture new collaborations across the University to build research capacity and capability in the emerging area of digital ethics. Under this funding, research teams must be cross-disciplinary and including researchers from two CAIDE member faculties – Faculties of Arts,  Engineering and IT, Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Chancellery, Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Melbourne Law School. External researchers or researchers from other faculties are able to apply, if they are joining a team with researchers from CAIDE member faculties. Successful seed funded projects might apply for a larger competitive grant.

Applicants are eligible for funding of up to $20,000 AUD.

Selection Criteria

Projects are selected by CAIDE with advice from the CAIDE Steering Committee on the following criteria:

- Feasibility, scope and budget
- Project novelty and innovation
- Alignment with the seed funding scheme as well as the Centre themes and priorities
- The suitability of the team to conduct the proposed research   
- Potential to generate high impact, scale and obtain future funding

Seed Funding announcement

Friday 3 March

Submission date

Friday 21 April

Outcome date

Friday 12 May

Application Process

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are to be submitted to CAIDE Centre and Program Manager, Gabby Bush at gabby.bush@unimelb.edu.au

The EOI template can be downloaded here.

EOIs are due Friday 21 April, 2023.

To talk further about the research please contact Gabby Bush at gabby.bush@unimelb.edu.au or Simon Coghlan (Lecturer, Digital Ethics) at simon.coghlan@unimelb.edu.au

CAIDE Seeding funding rules

Can be found here.