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Cutting-edge research at the centre

17 December 2021
Responsive, ethical and inclusive automated decision-making.
Summer research assistants share what they are working on, and why they are so excited to be part of the Centre for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S) is an interdisciplinary research institute that seeks to investigate automated decision-making and how it can be used responsibly and ethically.  Spanning public and private sectors, the Centre focuses on how the use of automated decision-making impacts everyday life.

At the official launch in December 2021, we spoke to the Centre's summer research assistants to find out more about the range of research projects they are working on.

In addition to the unique collaboration across eight Australian universities, it was the breadth of topics and the potential to make a difference to the way emerging technologies are used ethically in society, that stood out to the research assistants. 

"We were attracted to the centre and its commitment to address the accountability and transparency challenges created by algorithms and AI used to automate and support decision-making. We wanted to understand how these emerging technologies should be regulated and deployed ethically to avoid misuse by data holders and unintended societal consequences."

The Centre’s research aims to inform public discussion about rapidly evolving technologies that impact people’s day-to-day lives.
The summer research assistants with the Dean and other members of the ADM+S centre

The summer research assistants with the Dean and other members of the ADM+S centre

Research projects 

Automated decision-making in social services 

"I am contributing to two projects on the implications of the increasing use of automated decision-making in government social services, the so-called ‘Automated Welfare State’, particularly, how its use in administrative settings may facilitate or weaken compliance with the law." - Arundhati Suma Ajith

How governments share data 

"I am working on data governance for government data sharing, concretely the National Disability Data Asset, to contribute to a journal article addressing the expected reintroduction of the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020." - Charis Chiu

Transforming transport

"Through my research at the Centre, I am excited to understand the current state of data governance and the transformative effect that automation technologies will have on areas like social services, transport and mobility." - Danielle Haj Moussa

Regulating Artificial Intelligence 

"My research focuses on the development of a standardisation framework for risk management of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the United States, and how this might impact and be applicable to the regulation of AI in Australia." - David Hua

The Privacy Act and personal data 

"I am assisting with drafting a submission relating to the Privacy Act review. The Commonwealth Government is proposing a range of amendments which will impact use of personal data." - Tom Manousaridis

"The Centre’s research aims to inform public discussion about rapidly evolving technologies that impact people’s day-to-day lives. For us, it is fantastic to see Sydney Law School involved and giving us the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research."


The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is funded by the Australian Research Council.

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Professor Kimberlee Weatherall - @kim_weatherall
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