Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Verantwortung der Informatik – Accountability in AI (2023) (Wintersemester 2023/2024)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Polze (Betriebssysteme und Middleware) , Kordian Gontarska (Betriebssysteme und Middleware) , Weronika Wrazen (Betriebssysteme und Middleware) , Felix Grzelka

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 2
  • Credits: 3
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 01.10.2023 - 31.10.2023
  • Teaching Form: Seminar
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Elective Module
  • Course Language: English
  • Maximum number of participants: 12

Programs, Module Groups & Modules

IT-Systems Engineering MA
Data Engineering MA
Software Systems Engineering MA
  • Software Systems Engineering
    • HPI-SSE-EL Ethics, Law and Compliance
  • SSYS: Software Systems
    • HPI-SSYS-S Specialization
  • DSYS: Data-Driven Systems
    • HPI-DSYS-S Specialization
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA


In this seminar, we will talk about the accountability of computer science in the area of artificial intelligence. Each week a student will give a presentation, in which different perspectives of accountability, ethics, fairness, transparency, auditability, explainability, interpretability, and regulation are introduced. After each presentation, a group discussion about the presented topic will take place. The presentation should be based on literature and statements from recognized domain experts, however, it should also include an assessment of the arguments and the opinion of the presenter. Each 45-minute presentation should be single-handedly prepared by a participant using primary- and secondary literature. In preparation for the presentation, each participant will schedule a consultation with the supervisors and email a draft of the slides one week before the date of the presentation.

For more information please visit the course website: https://osm.hpi.de/vdi/2023-2024


To earn 3 ECTS points, students must hand in their slides (including notes) after the presentation. Grading will be based on the quality of the presentation (and notes). Active participation in the weekly discussions is highly encouraged.


The schedule can be found on the course website: https://osm.hpi.de/vdi/2023-2024