ADM+S draws on the humanities, social and technological sciences. Our research is designed to expand, integrate, and apply our knowledge of the dynamics of ADM. In order to achieve this, we combine four research programs and four focus areas.

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THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Automated decision-making systems are not purely technological: they comprise a number of elements, including the data that enables predictive decision-making machines; the institutions provide regulatory settings; and the people who design, use, imagine and adapt automated systems, and whose lives are affected by them.

The Centre’s four Research Programs — Data, Machines, Institutions, and People — examine all the different elements that constitute automated decision-making systems. Together, they enable us to build the first comprehensive account of the social development, distribution, dynamics, performance and effects of ADM.

THE FOCUS AREAS

The Centre’s four cross-centre Focus Areas bring together our researchers to look at how automated decision-making works in four key domains – News and Media, Transport and Mobility, Health, and Social Services.

Our focus areas have been chosen because:

  • they are well-documented areas where decision-making technologies are widely used;
  • they align closely to national research priorities and agendas; and
  • they are domains where governments and communities have coordinated, regulated and pooled resources to manage and mitigate major social risks – to public health and welfare, mobility, and democracy.

The introduction of new, untested decision-making technologies in these domains creates new possibilities for success and failure in large-scale institutional systems that have been specifically designed to reduce individual and social hazards.

The Focus Areas provide material for many of the empirical investigations in the four research programs, and they ensure our research is directed towards engagement, translation and outcomes in exemplary and essential sectors. Their hallmark is close collaboration with our partner organisations and stakeholders.