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Intelligence, Data, Ethics, and Society

Picture depicts Northeastern University's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
July 11-15, 2022
Picture depicts UC San Diego's Geisel Library
UC San Diego (La Jolla, CA)
Early August (exact dates TBA)

AI, data science, and machine learning are increasingly a part of everyday life, and every sector of society. The headlines are filled with examples of AI and data science used for great benefits, but also leading to great harms. The IDEAS residential summer program will provide an opportunity for undergraduates to spend a week in either Boston or San Diego to learn from world experts on data science, ethics, computer science, philosophy, law, and more. The program will help the next generation learn how to think critically and systematically about the ethical risks posed by these technologies, and how to responsibly develop AI and data science systems that benefit the many, not only the few. Topics covered include: values in AI design, justice and fairness, privacy, interpretability and transparency, and broader personal and societal impacts.

We are seeking to foster a rich and diverse community through these programs, including connections with a wide range of two- and four-year educational institutions.

  • Room & food during the program
  • Travel to/from program site (up to $500)
  • Multiple group activities with your fellow participants
  • Application deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022 by 11:59 pm “anywhere on Earth” (GMT-12)
  • Decision notifications: By Friday, April 15, 2022

Please email any questions to

Please email any questions to

IDEAS Boston 2022 Faculty

(more to come!)

Northeastern Faculty