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Merve Hickok

Lecturer I in Information, School of Information Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/764-5876
Office: School of Information/4322 North Quad, 105 S. State St Faculty Role: Faculty Personal website News About Merve Hickok


Merve Hickok is the founder of She is a globally renowned expert on AI policy, ethics and governance. Her contributions and perspective have featured in the Guardian, CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, Scientific American, Politico, Protocol, Vox, The Economist and S&P. Her research, training and consulting work focuses on the impact of AI systems on individuals, society, public and private organizations – with a particular focus on fundamental rights, democratic values, and social justice. She provides consultancy to C-suite leaders, and training services to public and private organizations on Responsible AI development, due diligence and governance.

Merve is the President and Research Director at Center for AI & Digital Policy, deeply engaged in global AI policy and regulatory work. The Center educates AI policy practitioners and advocates across 60+ countries, advises international organizations (such as European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, OECD).

At University of Michigan, Merve is a lecturer at School of Information, Responsible Data and AI Advisor at Michigan Institute for Data Science, and affiliated faculty at Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program).

Merve has provided testimony to the US Congress, State of California Civil Rights Office, New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, Detroit City Council, and many global organizations interested in AI policy and ethics.

Merve also works with several non-profit organizations globally to advance both the academic and professional research in this field for underrepresented groups. She has been recognized by a number of organizations – most recently as one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™ – 2021, and as Runner-up for Responsible AI Leader of the Year – 2022 (Women in AI).

Previously, Merve held various senior roles in Fortune 100 companies for more than 15 years.



News about Merve Hickok

Quoted by The New York Times. Intermittent Lecturer Merve Hickok. 8 more companies pledge to make A.I. safe.
Hickok: Voices of tech leaders can’t be privileged over security of everyday people

When it comes to regulation of artificial intelligence, UMSI intermittent lecturer Merve Hickok says tech companies are being given too much power on Capitol Hill.

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Quoted by Scientific American. Kentaro Toyama and Merve Hickok. Can artificial intelligence solve brainteasers?
UMSI researchers Merve Hickok and Kentaro Toyama talk AI with Scientific American

Hickok and Toyama discuss the possibilities and limitations of AI for solving complex brainteasers.

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