Elliott Faculty Awarded TRAILS AI Institute Seed Funding

February 6, 2024


The Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) unveiled an inaugural round of seed grants designed to integrate a greater diversity of stakeholders into the AI development and governance lifecycle. Among the recipients of funding is Elliott School Research Professor and Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub Susan Aaronson. Aaronson is an expert in international trade, human rights, and AI and data governance. Together with David Broniatowski from GW Engineering, Aaronson will use the funding to create a prototype of a searchable, easy-to-use website to enable policymakers to better utilize academic research related to trustworthy and participatory AI. The team will analyze research publications by TRAILS-affiliated researchers to ascertain which ones may have policy implications. Then, each relevant publication will be summarized and categorized by research questions, issues, keywords and relevant policymaking uses. The resulting database prototype will enable the researchers to test the utility of this resource for policymakers over time. For more, check out the GWToday article examining all the seed funding awards.