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Get to Know THEMIS 5.0: Dr Kitty Kioskli

Updated: May 28

The diverse group of partners working together on THEMIS 5.0 is a part of what makes this project so important. 'Get to Know THEMIS 5.0' is a campaign designed to communicate the core values and aims of the project, through the lens of the unique stories and experiences of the people who make THEMIS possible. By hearing their stories, we hope that readers can understand the importance of improving trust in AI not just for themselves, but for citizens across the world.

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What is your name, where do you work, and what is your role in THEMIS 5.0?


Dr Kitty Kioskli, CEO & Co-Founder of trustilio BV (TRUST)trustilio BV (TRUST) possesses extensive expertise in risk and trust management, underpinned by the development of robust methodologies and tools. Our company has pioneered methodologies for assessing human psychological and moral values and maintains extensive networks of collaborators capable of organizing co-creation workshops with citizens across various European countries. We are proud to announce our leadership role in Task 3.1, which focuses on establishing co-creation principles for the human-centric development of the THEMIS 5.0 AI technology. This initiative underscores our commitment to fostering inclusive and participatory approaches in the advancement of AI technologies.


Why is the THEMIS 5.0 project important to you?


The THEMIS project holds significant importance for trustilio BV, aligning closely with the company's core expertise and values. With a specialization in human-centric cybersecurity, risk, and trust management, trustilio is poised to contribute valuable insights and methodologies to enhance the trustworthiness of hybrid decision support systems. Leveraging our developed methodologies for assessing human psychological and moral values, trustilio can guide the project towards ethical and responsible AI development. Additionally, our extensive network of collaborators across European countries enables the engagement of diverse stakeholders, ensuring that human perspectives are integrated into the decision-making process. Trustilio's leadership role in establishing co-creation principles further underscores their commitment to human-centric development approaches, positioning them as key contributors to the project's goal of prioritizing human well-being in AI technology advancement.


Have there been any situations (work or personal) where you have had concerns about bias or fairness in an AI system or outcome?


In the field of cybersecurity, concerns about bias and fairness can arise in the implementation of AI-driven threat detection and response systems. For instance, consider a situation where an organization relies on an AI-based malware detection system to identify and neutralize malicious software. If the training data used to develop the AI model predominantly includes historical malware samples from specific regions or industries, the system may exhibit biases in its detection capabilities. This could result in the system being less effective at detecting malware variants targeting demographics or sectors underrepresented in the training data, leaving them more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Therefore, ensuring the fairness and impartiality of AI systems in cybersecurity is crucial to provide equitable protection against diverse threats and safeguard sensitive information across all sectors and demographics.


In your opinion, what are the key challenges to enhancing trustworthiness in AI systems?


Enhancing trustworthiness in AI systems faces several key challenges that demand concerted efforts for ethical and responsible development. Mitigating bias and ensuring fairness in AI outcomes is paramount, given the potential for algorithms to perpetuate societal inequalities. Transparency and explainability are essential to foster trust by enabling users to understand AI decision-making processes. Privacy concerns loom large, necessitating robust measures to protect sensitive data and comply with regulations. Additionally, AI systems must demonstrate resilience against adversarial attacks to maintain reliability, especially in critical domains. Establishing clear accountability frameworks and governance mechanisms is vital to ensure ethical use and provide recourse in case of errors or adverse impacts. Addressing these challenges requires collaboration across various stakeholders to develop standards and best practices that prioritize trustworthiness and ethical considerations in AI development and deployment.


How do you stay updated on the latest advancements and practices in AI?


As a consulting SME, we prioritize staying updated on the latest advancements and practices in AI to provide informed guidance to our projects and clients. We actively engage with professional networks by participating in industry conferences, workshops, and seminars focused on AI and cybersecurity, allowing us to learn from leading experts and stay informed about emerging trends and best practices. Additionally, we regularly produce reputable publications, research papers, and whitepapers from academic institutions and industry organizations to deepen our understanding of cutting-edge research, technologies, and methodologies. Leveraging online resources such as webinars, podcasts, and online courses offered by recognized platforms and institutions, we continuously expand our knowledge base and stay updated on practical applications and implementation strategies. Furthermore, we maintain active involvement in relevant online communities and forums, where professionals exchange ideas, discuss challenges, and share real-world experiences in AI and cybersecurity. By embracing this multifaceted approach to continuous learning and knowledge acquisition, trustilio ensures that our expertise remains current and relevant in delivering value-driven solutions to clients in the dynamic landscape of AI-enabled cybersecurity.


If you could use AI to do something in your everyday life (which it doesn’t already do!) what would it be?


If given the opportunity, I would love to utilize AI to enhance my daily productivity and organization in novel ways. Specifically, I envision an AI-powered personal assistant that not only manages my schedule and tasks but also proactively anticipates my needs and preferences. This AI assistant could analyse my daily routines, habits, and preferences to provide tailored recommendations and reminders, helping me optimize my time and make informed decisions. Additionally, it could assist in automating repetitive tasks, such as scheduling appointments, responding to emails, or managing household chores, allowing me to focus on more meaningful and creative pursuits. Furthermore, leveraging natural language processing capabilities, this AI assistant could serve as a virtual knowledge companion, instantly retrieving relevant information, insights, and recommendations to support my decision-making process across various aspects of life. Overall, integrating AI into my everyday life in such a manner would not only streamline mundane tasks but also empower me to achieve greater efficiency, balance, and fulfilment.

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