14 Research Institutes paving the way for a Responsible use of AI for Good.

At The Good AI, we not only support amazing companies that leverage AI to address the Sustainable Development Goals. We also greatly admire research institutes and labs because we believe in the power of independent and academic research to advise decision-makers in private industry, civil society, and policy while accelerating the adoption of AI for Good in an open and inclusive way.

In the last years, numbers of them have emerged, paving the way for an ethical and responsible use of AI, gathering top AI researchers and scientists to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues such as climate change or pandemics. Here is a look at some of the most renowned research institutes we’re actively following.


Founded in 1993 by Professor Yoshua Bengio of the Université de Montréal, Mila is a research institute in Artificial Intelligence, resulting from a partnership between the Université de Montréal and McGill University, closely linked with Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal. They rally over 500 researchers specializing in the field of machine learning, making the institute the world’s largest academic research center in machine learning.

Country: Canada

Research areas: Advance AI research, AI for Humanity. Among others, they have established an ethical framework through the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. Find out more about their projects here.

Publication: When AIs Outperform Doctors: Confronting the Challenges of a Tort-Induced Over-Reliance on Machine Learning


2. The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

Stanford founded the Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) in early 2019. They believe AI should be collaborative, augmentative, and enhancing human productivity and quality of life. The faculty and staff of HAI are engaging not only leading-edge scientists, but scholars trying to make sense of social movements, educators enhancing pedagogy, lawyers, and legislators working to protect rights and improve institutions, and artists trying to bring a humanistic sensibility to the world in which we live.

Country: USA

Research areas: Advance AI research, education, policy, and practice to improve the human condition.

Publication: The 2021 AI Index Report


3. AI Now Institute

Founded in 2017 by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker, AI Now is housed at New York University, where it fosters vibrant intellectual engagement and collaboration across the University and beyond. They have established formal partnerships with NYU Law, NYU for Data Science, Partnership on AI, and others. The AI Now Institute produces interdisciplinary research on the social implications of AI and acts as a hub for the emerging field focused on these issues.

Country: USA

Research areas: Rights and liberties, labor and automation, bias and inclusion, safety and critical infrastructure.



4. Montreal AI Ethics Institute

The Montreal AI Ethics Institute is an international, non-profit research institute dedicated to defining humanity’s place in a world increasingly characterized and driven by algorithms.

Country: Canada

Research areas: The Montreal AI Ethics Institute creates tangible, policy research in the ethical, safe, and inclusive development of AI.

Publication: The State of AI Ethics Report (January 2021)


5. The Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning

The Institute for Ethical AI & Machine Learning is a UK-based research centre that carries out highly-technical research into processes and frameworks that support the responsible development, deployment and operation of machine learning systems. They are formed by cross functional teams of volunteers including ML engineers, data scientists, industry experts, policy-makers and professors in STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Country: UK

Research areas: Human augmentation, biais evaluation, explainability by justification, reproducible operations, displacement strategy, practical accuracy, trust by privacy, data risk awareness.

Publication: The Responsible Machine Learning Principles


6. The Civic AI Lab

The Civic AI Lab is a collaboration between the City of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and University of Amsterdam (UVA). The lab should make residents aware of both the opportunities and risks of AI. The lab also serves as an information point for residents and businesses who have questions about new technologies and the ethical and inclusive use of them.

Country: The Netherlands

Research areas: Application of artificial intelligence in the fields of education, welfare, environment, mobility and health.


7. Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence is an independent not-for-profit research institute founded by the Indian-American tech entrepreneurs Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani. Their team consists of world-renowned scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs from Microsoft, VMware, Stanford, Yale, Cornell, and IITs. They aim to harness the power of AI to find the breakpoints that cause the world’s deepest problems — and then find innovative solutions to fix them.

Country: India

Research areas: Healthcare, agriculture, education, infrastructure, and financial inclusion.

Publication: Laying data pipelines to identify low birth weight babies | Wadhwani AI


8. The Future Society

The Future Society is a non-profit think tank incubated at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government which specializes on questions of governance of emerging technologies. Its activities include policy research, executive education, and convenings. The think-tank operates at the intersection of the fields of Science and Technology Studies, Adaptive Leadership and civic innovation.

Country: United States

Research areas: AI Governance, AI Policy, Human rights.

Publication: National AI Policies for Inclusive & Sustainable Development – The Future Society


9.  AI for Peace

Branka Panic founded AI for Peace in San Francisco 2 years ago, a nonprofit organization focused on studying and understanding the impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) and related exponential technologies on society. Their vision is a future in which AI benefits peace, security, and sustainable development and where diverse voices influence the creation of AI and related technologies.

Country: United States

Research areas: Humanitarian action, human rights, and democracy, human security.

Publication: AI EXPLAINED: Non-technical Guide for Policymakers.


10. Allen Institute for AI (AI2)

AI2 is the creation of Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, and is led by Dr. Oren Etzioni, a leading AI researcher. AI2 employs over 150 of the world’s best scientific and engineering talent in the field of AI. It is a non-profit research institute founded in 2014 with the mission of conducting high-impact AI research and engineering in service of the common good.

Country: United States

Research areas: Fundamental advances in science and medicine through AI.

Publication: Using AI to Extract a Knowledge Base of COVID-19 Mechanisms


11. Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

Founded in 2019, the Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) follows TUM’s strategy for “Human-Centered Engineering” and the university’s bold creation of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) in 2012, whose mission is to better understand and reflexively shape the multiple interactions between science, technology, and society. The IEAI conducts inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary research that promotes active collaboration between the technical, engineering, and social sciences, while also actively courting interaction with a wide group of international stakeholders.

Country: Germany

Research areas: Violations of privacy, discrimination, and transparency, human safety.

Publication: February 2021 IEAI – Research Brief: AI and Autonomous Driving: Key ethical considerations


12. Center for the Governance of AI – The Future of Humanity Institute – University of Oxford

The Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI), part of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, strives to help humanity capture the benefits and manage the risks of artificial intelligence.

Country: United Kingdom

Research areas: They conduct research into important and neglected issues within AI governance, drawing on Political Science, International Relations, Computer Science, Economics, Law, and Philosophy.

Publication: Artificial Canaries: Early Warning Signs for Anticipatory and Democratic Governance of AI


13. Open Climate Fix

Open Climate Fix is a new non-profit research and development lab, created by Jake Kelly, Dan Travers and Florian Wirtz, totally focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as rapidly as possible. Every part of the organization is designed to maximize climate impact, such as their open and collaborative approach, their rapid prototyping, and their attention to finding scalable & practical solutions.

Country: United Kingdom

Research areas: Climate change, ML (Machine Learning) problem.

Publication: Energy Data Has Outgrown the Tribe


14. Open data institute

The Open Data Institute (ODI) is a non-profit private company, founded by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt in 2012. The ODI’s mission is to connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. The ODI’s global network includes individuals, businesses, startups, franchises, collaborators, and governments who help to achieve the mission. They work to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem. They do this through three key activities: Sector programs, Practical advocacy and, Peer networks.

Country: United Kingdom

Research areas: Ethical considerations into how data is collected, managed and used.

Publication: Data on teachers’ lives during the pandemic



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