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SoBigData Event 2023 4th Italian Workshop on Explainable Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence systems are playing an increasingly central role in our daily lives. As their importance in our everyday lives grows, it is fundamental that the internal mechanisms that guide these algorithms are as clear as possible. It is not by chance that the recent AI Act and also the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) emphasize the users' right to explanation when people face artificial intelligence-based technologies.


Unfortunately, the current research tends to go in the opposite direction, since most of the approaches try to maximize the effectiveness of the models (e.g., recommendation accuracy) at the expense of the explainability and the transparency.

The main research question which arises from this scenario is straightforward: how can we deal with such a dichotomy between the need for effective adaptive systems and the right to transparency and interpretability? Several research lines are triggered by this question: building transparent intelligent systems, analyzing the impact of opaque algorithms on end-users, studying the role of explanation strategies, investigating how to provide users with more control in their interaction with intelligent systems.


The workshop tries to address these research lines and aims to provide a forum for the Italian community to discuss problems, challenges and innovative approaches in the various sub-fields of AI.