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Soheil Human

Teaching and Research Associate

Telephone:+43-1-31336-5198

Email:

Office: D2.1.094

Consultation hours: By appointment

Biography

Soheil Human has an interdisciplinary and mixed background in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Science, History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and Science-Technology-Society (STS). Currently, he is a research and teaching associate at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. He leads and manages several interdisciplinary research projects and initiatives (listed below) and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prior to his current position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Soheil conducted research and managed multidisciplinary projects in several universities and institutes, including Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Research Studios Austria (RSA), etc. Besides his academic career, he has been coaching and consulting more than 40 start-ups and corporations. Moreover, he has been involved in diverse projects run by national and international NGOs or agencies, such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Research Interests

Soheil is engaged in a broad portfolio of research aiming to empower humans and develop sustainable solutions in the digital economy. In his projects, he conducts multidisciplinary research on human needs & values, digital privacy, human-centric information systems and algorithmic accountability. Soheil Human applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve digital rights, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, and socio-technical imaginaries.

Recent Projects

Soheil has played a leading role on several multi-disciplinary research projects, including:

  • EXPEDiTE (2018 - 2020)

    • Full title: EXPloring opportunities and challenges for Emerging personal DaTa Ecosystems: Empowering humans in the age of the GDPR
    • Role: Project Lead
    • Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) under the program “ICT of the Future”.
    • Other partners: Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Own Your Data (OYD)
    • http://expedite-project.eu/
  • RESPECTeD (2019 - 2020)

    • Full title: Really Enforceable Solution to Protect End-users Consent & Tracking Decisions
    • Role: Project Lead
    • Other partners: NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights (noyb.eu)
  • ACCOUNTABLE (2019 - 2020)

    • Full title: Towards Realization of Accountable Multi-modal Smart Mobility in Vienna: Do Smartphone Apps Influence Mode Choice Behavior among Viennese Citizens? The Role of User-interface Design in Influencing Users’ Mobility Behaviour in Vienna
    • Role: Project Lead
    • Funded by City of Vienna WU Jubilee Fund
    • Other partners: Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development (Department of Socioeconomics) -- WU Wien, Institute for Information Systems and Society -- WU Wien
  • OpeNeeD (2017 - 2018)

    • Full title: Incentivising Open Data Exploration through Needs Management
    • Role: Project Lead and Principal Investigator
    • Funded by City of Vienna WU Jubilee Fund
  • Cognitive Science of Human Needs

    • Dissertation Project in Cognitive Science (Doctoral Study in Humanities, Philosophy and Education, Dr. Phil.)

    • University of Vienna

  • Human-centric Solution for Digital Consenting: A Socio-cognitive Approach towards Human Empowerment in the Digital Economy

    • Dissertation Project in Information Business and Information Systems (PhD Study Program in Economic and Social Sciences)

    • Vienna University of Economics and Business

Teaching

Soheil Human has many years of interdisciplinary teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in different universities. Among others, he has taught the following courses:

  • Internet Economics (Graduate course, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • New Trends in Cognitive Science (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • Corporate IT (Graduate course, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • Tools in Cognitive Science (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • Research Seminar in Business Information Systems (Graduate course, with Prof. Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and Business)
  • MEi:CogSci Cognitive Science Lecture Series (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • MEi:CogSci Into Research I: Lab Excursions (Postgraduate course, University of Vienna)
  • etc

Science Communication and Other Activities

  • Founding member of MyData Austria
  • Founder of Cognitive Science Austria
  • Founder of Human Academy
  • Founding member of European Network for Engineering Accountable Technologies (EAT)

Publications

  • Soheil Human: Cognitive Science and Society: [How] Can Cognitive Science Contribute Towards Human Empowerment in the Digital Economy, presented at: Cognitive Science Lecture Series, University of Vienna, Austria, December, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human: Human-centricity, GDPR, and the Future of Digital Consenting, presented at: Workshop on New Challenges in Law and Technology, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna, Austria, October, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human: Cognitive Science [in] Austria: The Co-creation of a Responsible Community, presented at: Cognitive Science Meetup, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), October, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human: Human-centricity vs. End-user Empowerment: The Future of a Value-based Data Economy, presented at: Lab10, Graz, Austria, October, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human: Pluralism, Computational Cognitive Modeling and Human-empowerment in the Digital World, presented at: MyData 2019 Conference, Helsinki, Finland, September, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human: Roadmap to Human-centric Digital Economy, presented at: MyData 2019 Conference, Helsinki, Finland, September, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human, Gustaf Neumann, Markus F. Peschl: [How] Can Pluralist Approaches to Computational Cognitive Modeling of Human Needs and Values Save our Democracies?, Intellectica, (70) 2019 . [BibTex, postscript, pdf]
  • Niklas Kirchner, Soheil Human and Gustaf Neumann: Context-Sensitivity of Informed Consent: The Emergence of Genetic Data Markets, Workshop on Engineering Accountable Information Systems. European Conference on Information Systems - ECIS 2019, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Kemal Ozan Aybar, Soheil Human, Rita Gesenger: Digital Inequality: Call for Sociotechnical Privacy management Approaches, Workshop on Engineering Accountable Information Systems. European Conference on Information Systems - ECIS 2019, 2019 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human: [How] Can Cognitive Science Save Our Democracies?, presented at: University of Vienna, Austria, November, 2018 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human, Golnaz Bidabadi and Vadim Savenkov: Supporting Pluralism by Artificial Intelligence: Conceptualizing Epistemic Disagreements As Digital Artifacts, in: Vincent C. Müller (ed) , Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017, Cham, August, 2018 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human, Ben Wagner: Is Informed Consent Enough? Considering Predictive Approaches to Privacy, in: CHI2018 Workshop on Exploring Individual Differences in Privacy, Montréal, April, 2018 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human, Ben Wagner: Is Informed Consent Enough? Considering Predictive Approaches to Privacy, CHI2018 Workshop on Exploring Individual Differences in Privacy, () 2018 . [BibTex]
  • Soheil Human, Florian Fahrenbach, Florian Kragulj, Vadim Savenkov: Ontology for Representing Human Needs, in: Przemyslaw Rozewski, Christoph Lange (ed) , Proceedings of International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and the Semantic Web (KESW 2017), Szczecin, Poland, October, 2017 . [BibTex]

Supervision

Soheil welcomes the opportunity to supervise students who want to pursue projects that relate to his broad interests. The following list includes some of his research students and their topics:

  • Rita Gsenger
  • Kemal Ozan Aybar
  • Maximilian Pohanka
  • Andras Balaton
  • Luca Ludwig
  • Sebastian Opdahl
  • etc.