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SAS researcher awarded fellowship as part of major initiative addressing AI-related challenges

Dr Anna-Maria Sichani’s BRAID fellowship will examine the training needs for responsible AI adoption within the cultural heritage sector.

Dr Anna-Maria Sichani
Dr Anna-Maria Sichani

Dr Anna-Maria Sichani, Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, has been awarded a Bridging Responsible AI Divides (BRAID) Fellowship as part of the BRAID programme.

BRAID is led by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Ada Lovelace Institute and the BBC. The £15.9 million, six-year programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

The BRAID Fellows, appointed from universities across the UK, will apply research expertise from humanities and arts including data ethics, copyright law, digital design and qualitative analysis to address questions around the responsible use of AI.

Dr Sichani’s fellowship will tackle the training needs for responsible AI adoption within the cultural heritage sector. Partnering with The Alan Turing Institute, the project will help develop and embed a comprehensive digital skills training provision for responsible AI in the cultural heritage community and empower informed, responsible and ethical use of AI.

This approach to comprehensive digital skills training provision will place communities of practice at its epicentre and encompass key aspects of AI, responsible data principles, data models, workflows, ethics checklists, and case studies, tailored specifically to the needs of professionals and researchers working with cultural heritage data. The training will help to spread responsible AI literacy more evenly across and beyond the sector.

Dr Sichani said: 

I am delighted and honoured  to have been awarded one of the BRAID fellowships. Artificial Intelligence presents a transformative opportunity to enhance and curate digitised or born-digital cultural heritage collections and thus to significantly contribute to Arts and Humanities research. Embedding responsible AI digital skills provision in the cultural heritage sector will ensure the full potential of AI can be achieved in a considerate, responsible and ethical way. 

This fellowship aims also to further contribute to the Digital Humanities Research Hub’s focus on digital cultural heritage and digital training capacity building as well as to the School’s overall commitment towards ground-breaking research, engagement and collaborations across disciplines and sectors.

Speaking about the BRAID fellowships, BRAID Co-director Professor Ewa Luger said:

The 17 Fellowships offer opportunities for deeper relationships and joint impact, moving towards a genuine embedding of arts and humanities knowledge within how we think about, develop and deploy AI in practice and in the world. 

It is our hope that with these connections, and working towards common challenges across sectors and diverse communities, we will take substantial strides towards a more responsible AI ecosystem.

Find out more about Dr Sichani’s BRAID Fellowship: Responsible data, models and workflows: Responsible AI digital skills provision for the cultural heritage community.