UC Berkeley’s flagship institute for social science research

Our purpose is captured in our name: we provide an organizational framework—a “matrix”—that supports cross-disciplinary research pursued by social scientists across the University of California, Berkeley campus and beyond.

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Event Date: March 6th, 2024
9:30am-11:30am

Understanding AI: Humanities x Social Sciences x Technology 

Understanding and interpreting AI is the new frontier in AI research. While advances in the performance of AI models have seen enormous successes, a profound understanding of how learning happens inside the models remains to be thoroughly explored. Understanding how AI learns has the potential to help us gain novel insights in science, technology, and other fields, as well as to observe novel causal relationships in various types of data. Interpreting the internal workings of AI models can also shed light on how the human mind works and how we are similar to and different from machines. This symposium will focus on immediate challenges in AI interpretability and explore how the humanities, social sciences, and the tech world can join forces in this highly consequential research.

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Research Highlights

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Published September 3, 2014

Snapping Back from Disaster

UC Berkeley's Center for Catastrophic Risk Management seeks new approaches for mitigating the impacts of disasters on large-scale infrastructure systems.

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Published August 6, 2014

ADHD Explosion

UC Berkeley Professors Stephen P. Hinshaw and Richard M. Scheffler argue that ADHD must be understood as a result of both social conditions and biology.

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Article

Published August 6, 2014

A Critical Take on Cities

UC Berkeley's Critical Urbanisms Working Group draws upon diverse disciplines to re-examine cities and how they are planned and managed.

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Research Highlights

Article

Published August 6, 2014

Invited Interventions

Research by UC Berkeley Political Scientist Aila Matanock sheds light on why state-building interventions succeed in some nations and not others.

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Research Highlights

Article

Published August 6, 2014

Take No Prisoners

Through overcrowding, lockdowns, and medical neglect, the conditions in U.S. prisons have become unconstitutional, according to UC Berkeley legal scholar Jonathan Simon.

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Article

Published August 6, 2014

Decline of the City-State

UC Berkeley historian Mark Peterson writes about the prominence—and ultimate decline—of city-states, using 18th- and 19th-century Boston as an example.

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