SIPRI and UNODA’s engagement with next generation AI practitioners

December 7th, 2023

From 16 to 17 November, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) organized a two-day capacity-building workshop on ‘Responsible AI for Peace and Security’ for a select group of STEM students.

The workshop—the first in a series of four—aimed to provide up-and-coming Artificial Intelligence (AI) practitioners the opportunity to learn how to address the risks that civilian AI research and innovation may pose to international peace and security.

The event, held in Malmö in collaboration with Malmö University and Umeå University, involved 24 participants from 17 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Over two days, the participants engaged in interactive activities aimed at increasing their understanding of (a) how peaceful AI research and innovation may pose risks to international peace and security; (b) how they could help prevent or mitigate those risks through responsible research and innovation; and (c) how they could contribute to the promotion of responsible AI for peace and security.

The event featured the participation of professors from Umeå University and Malmö University.

The workshop series, which will continue into 2024, is part of a European Union-funded initiative on ‘Responsible Innovation in AI for Peace and Security,’ conducted jointly by SIPRI and UNODA.

The next iteration of the workshop will be held from 14 to15 February 2024, in Tallinn, Estonia in partnership with Tallinn University of Technology.

For more information on the Promoting Responsible Innovation in Artificial Intelligence for Peace and Security project, please visit the webpage.

Mr. Charles Ovink
Dr. Vincent Boulanin