Chiara Ullstein

Chiara Ullstein is a PhD Student at the Chair of Cyber Trust.

With a background in Politics and Technology, Chiara's research explores public participation in the development and regulation of AI applications. Chiara applies both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Between February and July 2020, Chiara was a visiting researcher at the Kyoto Design Lab at the Kyoto Insititute of Technology, Japan, doing research on design methods for promoting deliberative citizen dialogues under the supervision of Prof. Mizuno. More information on the project Speculative Design Research for Democracy Enhancement can be found here.

Between July and August 2019, Chiara was a visiting researcher at the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She obtained a scholarship by the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations.


Research interests:

Citizen Participation, Participatory AI Ethics, Ethics of Machine Learning, Speculative Design



Conference Proceedings

  • Ullstein, C., Engelmann, S., Papakyriakopoulos, O., Hohendanner, M., & Grossklags, J. (2022) AI-competent Individuals and Laypeople Tend to Oppose Facial Analysis AI. Proceedings of the Second ACM Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO), Article No. 9. Author Version Publisher Version (Open Access)
  • Engelmann, S., Ullstein, C., Papakyriakopoulos, O., & Grossklags, J. (2022) What People Think AI Should Infer from Faces. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAccT), pp. 128–141. Author Version Appendix Publisher Version (Open Access)
  • Hohendanner, M., Ullstein, C. & Mizuno, D. (2021, March 25-26). Designing the Exploration of Common Good within Digital Environments: A Deliberative Speculative Design Framework and the Analysis of Resulting Narratives. Proceedings of the Swiss Design Network Conference on Design as Common Good: Framing Design Through Pluralism and Social Values, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-88-7595-108-5. Publisher Version (Open Access) Complete Proceedings

Workshop Paper

  • Ullstein, C. & Hohendanner, M. (2020, September 7–11). Exploration of the Future of Co-Creative Systems Through Collaborative Speculative Design Practices. International Computational Creativity Conference 2020 (ICCC’20): The Future of Co-Creative Systems - A Workshop on Human-Computer Co-Creativity, Coimbra, Portugal. Publisher Version (Open Access)

Conference Talks

  • Hohendanner, M., Ullstein, C., Buchmeier, Y. (2022) Cross-cultural perspectives on technology-driven future societies through the lens of collaborative speculative design. Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Human – Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Science and Fiction organized by Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Berlin, Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) and Waseda University, Tokyo. Conference Program

Project Documentations and Reports

Design Discourse: Speculative Design Research for Public Participation



  • The EU’s AI Act Proposal: From framework to practical application (IN0014, IN2107) (SS 2022, WS 2022/2023)
  • Making People Understand Facial Recognition Technologies: Building an AI Application as Didactic Tool (WS 2022/2023)