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xAI ST Actionable XAI 2024 : xAI World Conference Special Track on Actionable Explainable AI


When Jul 17, 2024 - Jul 19, 2024
Where Valletta, Malta
Abstract Registration Due Mar 1, 2024
Submission Deadline Mar 5, 2024
Notification Due Apr 5, 2024
Final Version Due Apr 10, 2024
Categories    artificial intelligence   explainable ai   machine learning   interdisciplinarity

Call For Papers

Call for Papers: xAI 2024, Special Track: Actionable Explainable AI


Abstract Due Date: March 1, 2024
Submission Due Date: March 5, 2024
Conference Dates: July 17-19, 2024
Conference Location: Valletta, Malta



Following the success of Explainable AI at generating faithful and understandable explanations of complex ML models, researchers have started to ask how the outcomes of Explainable AI can be used systematically to enable meaningful actions. This includes (1) what type of explanations are most helpful to enable human experts to achieve more efficient and more accurate decision-making, (2) how, based on human feedback on explanations, can one systematically improve the robustness and generalization ability of ML models or make them comply with specific human norms, and (3) how to enable meaningful actioning of real-world systems via interpretable ML-based digital twins. This special track will treat at the same time the technical aspects of how to build highly informative explanations that form the basis for actionability, the question of how to evaluate and improve the quality of actions derived from XAI, and finally, explore real-world use cases where those actions lead to improved outcomes.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Rich, structured explanation techniques (e.g. higher-order, hierarchical, disentangled) designed for actionability
- Explanations techniques based on reference points (e.g. counterfactual explanations) designed for actionability
- Hybrid methods combining multiple explanation paradigms to improve actionability further
- Shapley-, LRP-, or attention-based XAI techniques for helping a user to take meaningful actions in a data-rich environment
- Explanation-guided dimensionality reduction to facilitate taking action under high-throughput data or real-time constraints
- Annotation techniques enabling a user to generate actionable explanatory feedback from XAI explanations
- Techniques that leverage user explanatory feedback to produce an improved ML model
- Explanation-driven pruning or retraining to reduce the reliance of an ML model on spurious correlations
- Explanation-driven disentanglement or retraining to improve an ML model’s robustness to dataset shifts
- Attribution methods and counterfactuals combined with digital twins to identify effective actions in real-world systems
- Counterfactual and attribution methods combined with reinforcement learning to produce effective control policies in real-world systems
- Design of environments (e.g. reduced or simulated environments) for end-to-end evaluation of XAI actionability
- Utility-based metrics (e.g. added-value in a deployed setting) for end-to-end evaluation of XAI actionability
- Indirect metrics (e.g. informativeness of an explanation, action-response prediction accuracy) for component-wise evaluation of XAI actionability
- Datasets (paired with ground-truth simulatable systems) for evaluating actions derived from XAI explanations
- Application of actionable XAI in biomedicine, e.g. for acting on molecular pathways
- Application of actionable XAI in industry, e.g. for calibration in manufacturing processes

Questions regarding the special track should be submitted to Grégoire Montavon (gregoire.montavon[at]

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