La Chaire HUMAAINE (HUman-MAchine Affective INteraction & Ethics) a été sélectionnée par l’ANR. La Chaire est portée par Laurence Devillers au nom du LIMSI-CNRS. Il y a 5 personnes dans cette chaire: 3 personnes du LIMSI et 2 personnes du RITM: Serge Pajak et Fabrice Le Guel.

The new uses of social robots, conversational agents and, more generally, the so-called “intelligent” digital environments in fields as diverse as health, education, insurance, transport or economics reflect a phase of significant change in human-machine relations, which should receive great attention. How will Human co-learn, co-create and co-adapt with the Machine? Notably, how will vulnerable people will be protected against potential threats of the machine? HUMAAINE aims to study these interactions and relationships, in order to audit and measure the potential influence of intelligent and affective systems on humans, and finally to go towards a conception of “ethical systems”, by design or not and to propose evaluation measures. In this purpose, the planned scientific work focuses on the detection of social emotions in human voice, and on the study of audio and spoken language “nudges”, intended to induce changes in the behavior of the human interlocutor. This work should be complemented by experimental studies (long-term, human vs. machine influence, etc.) to evaluate ethical aspects and confidence in machines, as well as by demystification of these technologies among the general public which naturally tends towards anthropomorphism. The importance of this project also lies in the variety of its societal applications (from care to the elderly and vulnerable people, to the economy, and education). This project combines the scientific research aspect in artificial intelligence with the implementation of an innovative methodology to evaluate and improve the ethics of the human-machine affective interaction, despite the opacity of the systems concerned. This project pushes forward a strong interdisciplinary collaboration already existing between affective computing, behavioral economics, linguistics, and natural language processing. The researchers will also diffuse the results of the chair through their MASTER courses and 2 workshops organized with le collège des Bernardins. HUMAAINE will leverage clear use-cases of assistive chatbots and social robots for vulnerable people (elderly, young children) and more generally for citizen for care, education, transport applications to address technological, ethical and societal challenges such as the machine manipulation through spoken dialog systems. HUMAAINE is supported by CNRS-LIMSI, DATAIA and Cognition Institutes and also by the think-and-do-tank the future of society (Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching). The Domicile and Anne De Gaule foundations are the first to support and accompany HUMAAINE, followed from industrial partners with support letters (CareCever, MAIF, Renault, etc.). We are also building cooperation with international research teams with Japan (Osaka Univ.) and Germany (DFKI), and also Canada (Observatory/MILA).