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Guest talk

Dr. Inga Ulnicane

Framings and Contestations of Artificial Intelligence

What roles for universities?

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Dr. Inga Ulnicane (De Montfort University, UK)

Artificial Intelligence is often considered to be one of the key technologies of the 21st century. In recent years, it has attracted considerable political, economic and societal interest leading to intense debates about its potential implications, benefits, and challenges.

This talk will draw on an ongoing research program on AI governance, policy, and politics (Ulnicane et al. 2021a; 2021b) that examines framings and contestations surrounding AI, related expectations, policy priorities, and recommendations. In particular, the talk will discuss how AI policy is framing the roles of universities, their contribution to national AI agendas and expectations towards research, education, and university-business collaboration. It will invite to reflect if policy for this novel technology offers/ should offer any new ideas about the roles of university.


  • Ulnicane, I., W. Knight, T. Leach, B. C. Stahl and W.-G. Wanjiku (2021a). Framing governance for a contested emerging technology: insights from AI policy. Policy and Society 40(2): 158–177.
  • Ulnicane, I., D. O. Eke, W. Knight, G. Ogoh and B. C. Stahl (2021b). Good governance as a response to discontents? Déjà vu, or lessons for AI from other emerging technologies. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 46(1-2): 71–93.

Inga Ulnicane is a Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Her research focusses on science, technology and innovation policy, politics and governance. Her scientific publications cover a range of topics including governance of Artificial Intelligence, dual use, international research collaboration, Grand societal challenges, and European integration in research and innovation. She has prepared commissioned reports for the European Parliament and European Commission, and contributed to a number of international projects including Responsible Research and Innovation team of the Human Brain Project. Previously she has worked at University of Vienna (Austria), University of Twente (Netherlands), University of Latvia and Latvian Academy of Sciences, and been a visiting researcher at University of Manchester (UK) and Georgia Institute of Technology (US).

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 4.00–5.30 p.m. (CEST) | Online
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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