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We Robot 2019: Call for Papers

9/4/2018

We invite submissions for the 8th annual robotics law and policy conference—We Robot 2019—to be held at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, USA, on April 11-13, 2019. Deadline for submissions is November 5, 2018.

 

We Robot, now heading into its 8th year, is the leading North American conference on robotics law and policy.

 

We Robot 2019 seeks contributions by American and international academics, practitioners, and others, in the form of scholarly papers, technological demonstrations, or posters. We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will operate. We particularly encourage papers that reflect interdisciplinary collaborations between developers of robotics, AI, and related technology and experts in the humanities, social science, and law and policy.

 

This conference will build on a growing body of scholarship exploring how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking policy issues.

 

Scholarly Papers

Topics of interest for the scholarly paper portion of the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Co-robotics in practice, be it assembly lines, small businesses, hospitals, or other contexts where robots and humans work side-by-side.
  • Comparative international perspectives on the regulation of robotic technologies.
  • Assessment of what institutional configurations, if any, would best serve to integrate robotics into society responsibly.
  • Discussion of relation between artificial intelligence and robotics research and/or regulation.
  • The impact of artificial intelligence on civil liberties, including sexuality, due process, equal protection, privacy, suffrage, and procreation.
  • Deployment of autonomous weapons in the military or law enforcement contexts.
  • Law and economic perspectives on robotics.
  • Regulatory and licensing issues raised by robots.
  • Robots in specific sectors, ranging from agriculture to underwater to the professions (law, medicine, accounting).
  • Issues of legal or moral responsibility, e.g. relating to autonomous robots or robots capable of exhibiting emergent behavior.
  • Effects of robotic adoption on the demand for human labor.
  • Privacy and intellectual property issues relating to robotics.
  • Ethical issues arising from automation.
 

Please note that this list is not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive. Instead, it suggests potential avenues for inquiry. We encourage other contributions that engage how law and policy should react to the development of robots – defined broadly to include artificial intelligence, and robotics, as well as related topics. The purpose of this conference is to continue to frame (and report on) research agendas relating to the deployment of robots in society, to inform policy-makers of the issues, and to help design legal rules that will maximize opportunities and minimize risks arising from the increased deployment of robots in society.

 

Deadline for submissions is November 5, 2018.

 

Read the full Call for Papers announcement for submission instructions.

 

View the We Robot 2019 web page from the University of Miami School of Law.