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Human Centric Algebraic Machine Learning

The digital transformation of European industry

Algebraic machine learning (AML) is a relatively new machine learning technique based on algebraic representations of data. Unlike statistical learning, AML algorithms are robust regarding the statistical properties of the data and are parameter-free.

The aim of the EU-funded ALMA project is to leverage AML properties to develop a new generation of interactive, human-centric machine learning systems. These systems are expected to reduce bias and prevent discrimination, remember what they know when they are taught something new, facilitate trust and reliability and integrate complex ethical constraints into human–artificial intelligence systems. Furthermore, they are expected to promote distributed, collaborative learning.


Algebraic Machine Learning (AML) has recently been proposed as new learning paradigm that builds upon Abstract Algebra, Model Theory. Unlike other popular learning algorithms, AML is not a statistical method, but it produces generalizing models from semantic embeddings of data into discrete algebraic structures, with the following properties:

  • P1: Is far less sensitive to the statistical characteristics of the training data and does not fit (or even use) parameters;
  • P2: Has the potential to seamlessly integrate unstructured and complex information contained in training data, with a formal representation of human knowledge and requirements;
  • P3: Uses internal representations based on discrete sets and graphs, offering a good starting point for generating human understandable, descriptions of what, why and how has been learned;
  • P4: Can be implemented in a distributed way that avoids centralized, privacy-invasive collections of large data sets in favor of a collaboration of many local learners at the level of learned partial representations.

The aim of the project is to leverage the above properties of AML for a new generation of Interactive, Human-Centric Machine Learning systems, that will:

  • Reduce bias and prevent discrimination by reducing dependence on statistical properties of training data (P1), integrating human knowledge with constraints (P2), and exploring the how and why of the learning process (P3);
  • Facilitate trust and reliability by respecting ‘hard’ human-defined constraints in the learning process (P2) and enhancing explainability of the learning process (P3);
  • Integrate complex ethical constraints into Human-AI systems by going beyond basic bias and discrimination prevention (P2) to interactively shaping the ethics related to the learning process between humans and the AI system (P3);
  • Facilitate a new distributed, incremental collaborative learning method by going beyond the dominant off-line and centralized data processing approach (P4).

ALMA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement no 952091.


H2020-EU.1.2.2. – FET Proactive


FETPROACT-EIC-05-2019 – FET Proactive: emerging paradigms and communities


9 participants are involved in the project from all over the European Union.
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European Commission


Artificial Intelligence


Smart Industry


Ongoing project

Start date

End date

1 September 2020
31 August 2024
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