Conversations on Ethical and Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence

An IEEE TechEthics Event

29 August 2016, 13:00-17:00

World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands (in conjunction with the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence - ECAI 2016)

Registration Fee: None



Keynote: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Ensuring that AI and Robotics are Beneficial

Wendell Wallach

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Wendell Wallach is a scholar, consultant, and author at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, where he has chaired Technology and Ethics Studies for the past eleven years. He is also a senior advisor to The Hastings Center, a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law (Arizona State University), and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology. His latest book, a primer on emerging technologies, is A Dangerous Master: How To Keep Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control. He also co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong. The eight-volume Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies (edited by Mr. Wallach) will be published in the fall of 2016.



Keynote: The Path to Robust Machine Learning

Richard Mallah

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Richard is Director of AI Projects at the Future of Life Institute, where he works to support the robust, safe, beneficent development of advanced artificial intelligence via metaresearch, analysis, research organization, and advocacy. Mr. Mallah also serves on the Executive Committee of IEEE's initiative on autonomous systems ethics, and serves as a senior advisor to The AI Initiative of The Future Society at the Harvard Kennedy School. Richard is also Director of Advanced Analytics at Cambridge Semantics, Inc., where he heads R&D in AI including knowledge representation, computational linguistics, deep learning, conceptual middleware, and automated systems generation. At Cambridge Semantics, Mr. Mallah led creation of the currently highest-rated enterprise text analytics platform per Forrester. He is also a board member at MarketMuse, the leading enterprise content planning platform, and is an advisor to other startups and NGOs where he advises on AI, knowledge management, and sustainability.



Keynote: What's There To Fear About AI?

Toby Walsh

toby photoToby Walsh is a leading researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He was recently named in the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100, the one hundred "rock stars" of Australia's digital revolution. He is Guest Professor at TU Berlin, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW and leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61, Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research. He has been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and has won the prestigious Humboldt research award. He has previously held research positions in England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

He regularly appears in the media talking about the impact of AI and robotics. In the last year, he has appeared on many TV and radio programmes including on the ABC, BBC, CCTV, DW, NPR, and VOA. He also writes frequently for print and online media. His work has appeared in the New Scientist, American Scientist, Le Scienze, Cosmos and The Best Writing in Mathematics. His twitter account has been voted one of the top ten to follow to keep abreast of developments in AI. Finally, he has played an important role at the UN and elsewhere on the campaign to ban lethal autonomous weapons (aka "killer robots").






Panel: Introducing Ethical and Social Considerations in the Design Process

AJung Moon

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AJung Moon is a founder of the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi), an international roboethics think tank. Since its inception in 2012, ORi has been exploring roboethics questions in the domain of self-driving vehicles, care robots, and lethal autonomous weapons systems. AJung is also a Vanier Scholar and a Ph. D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Canada. As an award winning researcher in human-robot interaction, she specializes in design and implementation of nonverbal behaviors (hand gestures, gaze cues) that robots can use to better collaborate with people. She believes that answering the question “What should a robot do?” can be a highly creative process that involve active discussions between designers, engineers, and members of wider stakeholder groups.

In addition, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and chairs the initiative’s committee on How to Imbue Ethics and Values into Autonomous Intelligent Systems.


Virginia Dignum

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Virginia Dignum is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management at TU Delft. She holds a PhD from the Utrecht University, in 2014. Previously, she worked for more than 12 years in consultancy and system development in the areas of expert systems and knowledge management. Her research focuses on value-sensitive design of intelligent systems and multi-agent organisations, focusing on the formalisation of moral and normative behaviours and social interactions. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) for her work on agent-based organizational frameworks. She has participated and reviewed several EU and national projects, is member of the reviewing boards for the main journals and conferences in AI and has chaired many international conferences and workshops. She has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers and several books, yielding a h-index of 27. She is secretary of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (IFAAMAS) and co-chair of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) in 2016.


Francesca Rossi

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Francesca Rossi is a professor of computer science at the University of Padova, Italy. Currently she is on leave at the IBM T.J. Watson Research centre and last year she was on sabbatical at Harvard with a Radcliffe fellowship. She has been president of the international association for constraint programming (ACP) and of IJCAI, as well as program chair of CP 2003 and of IJCAI 2013. She is an executive councillor of AAAI and co-chair of the AAAI committee on AI and ethics. She is in the editorial board of Constraints, Artificial Intelligence, AMAI, and KAIS. She is Associate Editor in Chief of JAIR since January 2015.

Her research interests focus on artificial intelligence, specifically they include constraint reasoning, preferences, multi-agent systems, and computational social choice. In the recent years she has expanded her interest to include ethical issues in the development and behaviour of AI systems, in particular for decision support systems for group decision making. She has published over 160 articles in international journals and proceedings of international conferences or workshops, and as book chapters. She has co-authored a book. She has edited 16 volumes, between conference proceedings, collections of contributions, and special issue of international journals. She has co-edited the Handbook of Constraint Programming (Elsevier, 2006). She has more than 100 co-authors.


Mary Ward-Callan (moderator)

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Mary Ward-Callan is the Staff Executive at the IEEE responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the IEEE Technical Communities within the IEEE. The 47 Technical Societies and Councils, and numerous emerging technical communities, collectively deliver more than 1600 conferences, 183 periodicals, countless technical training seminars, and three certification programs. Mary has been responsible for the programming and visibility of new technology areas within the IEEE, such as Internet of Things, Software Defined Networks, Rebooting Computing, 5G, and Big Data. Mary led the Award-winning IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge, a project that used solid engineering techniques to provide solutions to pressing world problems such as lighting Haiti/Africa/Nicaragua, providing data communications to healthcare facilities in Peru, and providing RFID patient identification in India.

Prior to joining the IEEE, Mary was an Executive Director in the telecommunications industry, employed by Telcordia, Bellcore, and Bell Labs. Mary’s career included significant contributions in local loop design, network simulation, network operations and management, sub-network control, and product testing and product certification. Mary led the network operations activities for several technologies such as SONET, ATM, DLC, VPN and SMDS. She has extensive experience in business management, process re-engineering, requirements management, quality, and project management.

Mary is a Certified Association Executive, holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Mathematics from Vassar College (with honors, Phi Beta Kappa), and a Master of Science degree (MSEE) in Electrical Engineering and Computing from Princeton University. She completed the Executive Development Program at Bellcore as well as numerous other key management courses. Mary is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of ASAE. She is married with three children and lives in New Jersey, USA.



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