The Trustworthy AI Lab at Helmut Schmidt University (HSU/UniBwH)

The Trustworthy AI Lab at Helmut Schmidt University (HSU/UniBwH) is an interdisciplinary team dedicated to pioneering research at the intersection of technology, society, and ethics. Our mission is to address the complex challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI) and to develop sustainable solutions that comply with ethical standards. With a particular focus on trustworthiness, the Lab explores the essential elements that make AI applications ethical, just, and reliable. It also addresses governance issues related to AI to ensure its responsible use. The Lab aims to foster dialogue and critical reflection on the responsible use of AI, considering its development, implementation, and the broader implications of its use.


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The Lab is affiliated with the Z-inspection® initiative. Z-Inspection® is a holistic process for evaluating the trustworthiness of AI-based technologies at different stages of the AI lifecycle. In particular, it focuses on identifying and discussing ethical issues and tensions through the development of socio-technical scenarios. It uses the European Union High-Level Expert Group’s (EU HLEG) general guidelines for trustworthy AI.

The process has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.

Z-Inspection® is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons License (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA).

Z-Inspection® is listed in the new OECD Catalogue of AI Tools & Metrics.

Affiliated labs with the Z-Inspection® initiative.


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Letzte Änderung: 27. Juni 2024