Fernand Braudel Fellow
from 1 November 2020 to 31 August 2021
Postal address: Department of Law | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence | Italy
Villa Salviati - Office SACA 413, Castello
Madalina Busuioc is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University, where she leads a prestigious 5-year European Research Council (ERC) grant (of approx. 1.5 million euro) since 2017. Her work has been published in top-ranked, peer-reviewed journals such as Public Administration Review, Governance, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), Public Administration, Journal of European Public Policy and European Law Journal. She is author of European Agencies: Law and Practices of Accountability, published by Oxford University Press. She is field editor of the Journal of Public Policy and serves on the editorial board of JPART.
Research while at the EUI
Madalina Busuioc is awarded the fellowship for her project on ‘Accountable Artificial Intelligence in the Administrative State’. As AI algorithms have permeated high-stakes aspects of our public existence, as interactions between citizens and public institutions are increasingly mediated and shaped by algorithms, this necessarily raises important accountability questions. A growing need to retool public accountability in the era of automation is emerging and questions of oversight and the regulation of artificial intelligence are at the forefront of such debates. The project is focused on the use of artificial intelligence algorithms in administrative settings in a European context. Key themes for investigation will include aspects of algorithmic transparency, safeguards on algorithmic decision-making in the public sector, technical challenges to securing accountability, as well as technical solutions that can help sustain accountability such as model explainability and interpretability – techniques geared at understanding the internal learning processes of ‘black-box’ machine learning (ML) models and in extracting knowledge in human understandable terms. Madalina’s research on AI governance is a sub-part of her broader ERC project.