Themes

STIAS currently supports a number of longer term theme projects within its programme, primarily funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

These projects are fellow driven, i.e. through work primarily done at STIAS by invited fellows who are resident at the Institute for varying periods of time. Each theme is developed and managed by a core group of STIAS fellows who commit to spending time at STIAS on an annual (or biennial) basis for 3-5 years, and who are supported to convene workshops or conferences at STIAS, direct and conduct limited research elsewhere in support of the project goals, and also nominate fellows or short term visiting scholars who are considered for joining the core group from time to time.

In order to give scholars the opportunity to participate in these long term themes, STIAS invites proposals for research projects on the various themes according to the guidelines provided under Application to the STIAS Programme.

The themes are:

  1. Being Human Today
  2. Crossing Borders
  3. The Future of Democracy
  4. Understanding Complexity
  5. Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems
  6. Health in Transition divided into Health Prevention and Health Care
  7. University and Society

The concept notes linked to each theme above describe them in more detail and list the areas of special interest. These guiding frameworks will be refined and updated continuously. Participation in these projects will be possible through nomination by the core group (followed by the standard evaluation process) and also by direct application to STIAS.

The research topics listed under each of the seven themes are not meant to be exhaustive, but are intended as examples of where further research is required and invited. Researchers are welcome to indicate gaps and omissions and propose additional or alternative research projects in the six fields.

One response to “Themes”

  1. Christian Van den Broeck
    Christian Van den Broeck on 27 January 2017 at 12:24: Reply

    Deep learning networks are about to outperform humans in a large variety of tasks including playing games, driving cars, recognizing images, translation, medical diagnosis, etc.. This evolution is expected to accelerate as we go further into the 21 st century, due to the increasing availability of enormous data sets, the further increase in computing power, and the globalization of the research effort via platforms such as Kaggle and via the domination of worldwide players such as Apple, Google and Facebook. The transition to a society based on and run by artificial intelligence will pose enormous challenges of economic, social, ethical and philosophical nature. While the world is trying to take measures to confront for example global warming, there seems to be comparatively little concern about the impact of this unfolding revolution. Questions of great concern include sharing the benefits of the technology and refocusing human life towards other purpose giving activities.

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