What is ethical and responsible artificial intelligence ("AI")? AI MAPS stands for “AI Multi‐Agency Public Safety Issues."

Problem Context

The Covid pandemic, unrest around forced migration, or farmers' protests illustrate the significance of public safety.

AI algorithms can support institutions in making decisions and taking public safety measures. For instance, pattern recognition in videos can automatically detect anomalous patterns in neighborhood gatherings and semantic pattern recognition in texts can detect rising tensions in groups on social media. AI algorithms can thus guide local authorities in scaling up intervention activities.


AI MAPS focuses on the ethical, legal and social aspects of AI (ELSA) development and application of AI in a learning ecosystem that consists of 20 partners from academic research, government, business and civil society. Together, they will combine their knowledge, experiences and perspectives to produce ELSA guidelines that will provide guidance on what kinds of AI applications are worth investing in.



AI Maps is financed by NWO as part of the Call for Proposals Synergy theme Artificial Intelligence: Human-centred AI for an inclusive society – towards an ecosystem of trust.


  • Mark Neerincx, Professor Human-centered Computing, TU Delft & Principal Scientist, TNO, e-mail: