The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) is involved in a number of innovative research projects, the most recent of which are listed below. You can also read more by visiting our past projects page, which has a history of major projects and events held at the center.

Ethical and Trustworthy AI Lab

The Ethical and Trustworthy AI Lab is an interdisciplinary group of researchers interested in the social and ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI). The group investigates philosophical, ethical, and social aspects of AI including trustworthiness and the question of what it is that makes AI uses ethical, just, and trustworthy; the roles of ethics codes, ethical guidelines, and policymaking in the regulation of AI technology; as well as AI applications in agriculture and medical contexts.

A Bottom-Up Approach to Building a Culture of Responsible Research and Practice in STEM

This award by the National Science Foundation aimed at situating responsible research and practice education within the research environment and involving whole departments. Graduate students in research groups worked together to develop guidelines to address ethical issues they faced in their research. Based on interactive exercises and discussions, an ethics education module involving the bottom-up writing of guidelines will be developed.

Ethics Code Collection Redesign

The center received a $200,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in January 2016 to enhance its highly regarded Ethics Code Collection Enhancements so the site could include better keyword search, sorting capabilities, comparisons, and downloading in different formats. Funding will also enable new research on the current and future roles of ethics codes within society, business, and technological innovation.

Ethics Education Library and the Online Ethics Center

This joint project with the University of Virginia is a collection of resources for scholars and university administrators interested in developing ethics training and instruction programs for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Funded by the National Science Foundation for the third time, the Ethics Education Library, along with the Online Ethics Center, will help educators, researchers, administrators, undergraduate, and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and practicing scientists and engineers understand the scope of existing knowledge about both ethics and ethics education in science, mathematics, and engineering.