Dr Brent Mittelstadt

Brent Mittelstadt is a philosopher specialising in data ethics in relation to algorithms, machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, Big Data, and medical expert systems.

Email: brent.mittelstadt@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287221

Brent Mittelstadt is a Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in data ethics at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, and a member of the UK National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee. He is an ethicist focusing on auditing, interpretability, and ethical governance of complex algorithmic systems.

His research concerns primarily digital ethics in relation to algorithms, machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, Big Data, and medical expert systems. Currently, he is examining the feasibility of ethical auditing of decision-making algorithms, and the development of standards and methods to ensure fairness, accountability, transparency, interpretability and group privacy in ‘black box’ algorithmic systems. His work has also recently crossed into the field of data protection and privacy law, in particular concerning the implications of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the governance of AI and automated decision-making systems.

Previously, he has been part of the EPSRC’s PETRAS IoT Hub, to develop ethical guidelines for designing the health-related Internet of Things, and led research on the ‘Ethics of Biomedical Big Data’ project at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research examined the ethical implications of personal health monitoring devices, in particular how these devices introduce medical concerns into private spaces and undermine ‘internal goods’ of traditional medical relationships.

Research and supervision interests: 

Data ethics, data protection law, artificial intelligence, machine learning, medical expert systems, Big Data, predictive analytics, profiling, technology governance, epistemology

 

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Fellow & British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, January 2018 –
  • Research Associate, February 2017 – December 2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, October 2014 – February 2017

Latest blog posts

Current projects

  • Ethical auditing for automated decision-making

    Participants: Brent Mittelstadt

    This project defines requirements for ethical auditing of automated decision-making systems.

  • PETRAS: Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    The PETRAS IoT Research Hub is a consortium of 9 UK universities working together to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

Past projects

  • Data Financing for Global Good: A Feasibility Study

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Greg Taylor, Yin Yin Lu, Artem Kadikov, Professor Helen Margetts

    This project, and the resulting report, provides a first step in the assessment of data financing as a mechanism for social good in the data economy.

  • Ethical Auditing for Accountable Automated Decision-Making

    Participants: Dr Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project aims to ensure that automated decision-making systems remain accountable and comprehensible to the individuals affected by their decisions.

  • Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project seeks to investigate the ethical aspects and requirements of Big Data in preparation to develop a European framework for the ethical use of Big Data in biomedical research.

  • Real world outcomes across the Alzheimer’s Disease spectrum for better care: Multi-modal data access platform (ROADMAP)

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Andrew Turner, Dr Jenny Krutzinna

    ROADMAP aims to create the conditions for an open collaboration among stakeholders that yields consensual and efficient uses of real world evidence for the benefit of Alzheimer's Disease patients and their caregivers.

Books

  • Mittelstadt, B.D. and Floridi, L. (2016) The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data. Springer.

Chapters

Conference papers

  • MITTELSTADT, B.D., Russell, C. and WACHTER, S. (2018) "Explaining Explanations in AI", roceedings of FAT* ’19: Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT* ’19). FAT* ’19: Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. (FAT* 2019 Proceedings)
  • Timmersman, J. and Mittelstadt, B.D.M. (2014) "Reflexivity and Value-Sensitive Design", Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) 2014 conference proceedings.
  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M., Fairweather, N.B., McBride, N. and Shaw, M. (2012) "Privacy, risk and personal health monitoring", ETHICOMP 2013 Conference Proceedings.
  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M., Fairweather, N.B., McBride, N. and Shaw, M. (2010) "Ethical issues of personal health monitoring: a literature review", ETHICOMP 2011 Conference Proceedings.

Journal articles

Reports

  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M. (2013) "On the ethical implications of personal health monitoring" In: A conceptual framework for emerging discourses. Leicester: De Montfort University.
  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M. (2013) "Privacy and personal health monitoring" In: FRRIICT Observatory.
  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M. (2013) "Personal health monitoring" In: FRRIICT Observatory.
  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M. (2013) "Personal data protection" In: FRRIICT Observatory.
  • Mittelstadt, B.D.M. (2009) Transforming the Brute: On the Ethical Acceptability of Creating Painless Animals. Linkoping University Electronic Press.
  • Digital Social Research: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.

  • Ethics of Biomedical Big Data. Part 1: Introduction

    Recorded: 27 April 2015

    Duration: 00:05:37

    Workshop bringing together expertise to address emerging challenges in the field, and the requirements for a European framework for ethical usage of biomedical Big Data.

  • Ethics of Biomedical Big Data. Part 3: Brent Mittelstadt

    Recorded: 27 April 2015

    Duration: 00:19:29

    Workshop bringing together expertise to address emerging challenges in the field, and the requirements for a European framework for ethical usage of biomedical Big Data.

  • Workshop: Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

    27 April 2015

    Workshop bringing together expertise to address emerging challenges in the field, and the requirements for a European framework for ethical usage of biomedical Big Data.