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We Robot 2017: March 31 & April 1 – Yale University

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More information at the We Robot 2017 homepage.

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That Was Great

We Robot 2016 is over, but you can see the recordings of almost all the sessions. The papers are available via links from the Final We Robot 2016 Program.

Plus, by popular demand, here links to the slides from the pre-conference workshops:

We Robot 2017 will be March 31 & April 1 at Yale University.

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We Robot Livestream

Watch WeRobot 2016 live On Livestream. Follow #WeRobot on Twitter.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

We Robot 2016 would not be possible without our wonderful Sponsors.

We would like to thank Microsoft, the Omidyar Group, the University of Miami Arsht Ethics Initiatives, Epic.org, Finnegan, The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, The University of Washington Tech Policy Lab and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics for their invaluable support of our conference.

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Registration for We Robot Closes on Monday

Seating is limited; registrations may be available at the door subject to capacity, but why not reserve your place now? Registration closes Monday at 5pm – so don’t delay.

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Deadline for We Robot Poster Proposals Extended to March 11

Applications are now open for the first-ever We Robot poster session – and the deadline for proposals has been extended until March 11, 2016 due to planned maintenance and downtime of the submission site scheduled for, wouldn’t you guess it, March 8, the original deadline. A list of posters that have already been accepted is on our program — but there’s still room for some more.

We seek late-breaking and cutting edge projects. This session is ideal for researchers to get feedback on a work in progress and professionals, academics and graduate students are all encouraged to participate. At least one of the authors of each accepted poster should plan to be present at the poster during the entire poster session on the afternoon of April 1, 2016 and for a “lightning round” of one-minute presentations.

How to propose a poster session. Please send an up to 400 word description of what you have or are doing, with links to any relevant photos or audio visual information, as well as your C.V., via the conferencing system at https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/ROBOT2016/. Please be sure to choose the “Posters” track for your upload. Submissions are due by March 8, 2016. We’ll accept poster proposals on a rolling basis. Remember, at least one author of an accepted poster must register at the conference to submit the final version – but we’ll waive the conference fee for that person.

About the Conference. We Robot 2016 will be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Miami School of Law, with a special day of Workshops on March 31. We Robot is the premiere US conference on law and policy relating to Robotics. It began at the University of Miami School of Law in 2012, and has since been held at Stanford and University of Washington. Attendees include lawyers, engineers, philosophers, robot builders, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development. The We Robot 2016 conference web site is http://robots.law.miami.edu/2016.

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Call for Posters: Present Your Research at We Robot 2016

Applications are now open for the first-ever We Robot poster session – proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 8, 2016.

We seek late-breaking and cutting edge projects. This session is ideal for researchers to get feedback on a work in progress and professionals, academics and graduate students are all encouraged to participate. At least one of the authors of each accepted poster should plan to be present at the poster during the entire poster session on the afternoon of April 1, 2016 and for a “lightning round” of one-minute presentations.

How to propose a poster session. Please send an up to 400 word description of what you have or are doing, with links to any relevant photos or audio visual information, as well as your C.V., via the conferencing system at https://cmt.research.microsoft.com/ROBOT2016/. Please be sure to choose the “Posters” track for your upload. Submissions are due by March 8, 2016. We’ll accept poster proposals on a rolling basis. Remember, at least one author of an accepted poster must register at the conference to submit the final version – but we’ll waive the conference fee for that person.

About the Conference. We Robot 2016 will be held in Coral Gables, Florida on April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Miami School of Law, with a special day of Workshops on March 31. We Robot is the premiere US conference on law and policy relating to Robotics. It began at the University of Miami School of Law in 2012, and has since been held at Stanford and University of Washington. Attendees include lawyers, engineers, philosophers, robot builders, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development. The We Robot 2016 conference web site is http://robots.law.miami.edu/2016.

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We Robot Preliminary Program

Registration for We Robot 2016 is now open.  Please check the official We Robot 2016 Program for any changes to this preliminary program.

Thursday, March 31

Workshops

9:00am Check-in & breakfast

9:30am Juris Machina: Legal Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: Woody Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

11:00am Break

11:15am Electronic Love, Trust, & Abuse: Social Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: Kate Darling, Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab. Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

12:45pm Lunch

2:00pm “The Robot Revolution has been Rescheduled (until we can debug the sensors)”: Technical Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: William D. Smart, Robotics Program, Oregon State University

3:30pm Break

3:45pm Funding the Future: Financial Aspects of Robotics
Organizer: Dan Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School

5:15pm Wrap up


Friday, April 1st

8:00am

Check-in and Breakfast

8:30am

Introductions

Welcome Remarks: Patricia White, University of Miami School of Law
Introductory Remarks and Introduction of Sponsors: A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law, Program Chair

8:45am

Moral Crumple Zones: Cautionary Tales in Human Robot Interaction
Madeleine Elish, The Intelligence & Autonomy Initiative, Data & Society
Discussant: Rebecca Crootof, The Information Society Project, Yale Law School

10:00am Break

10:15am

Privacy in Human-Robot Interaction: Survey and Future Work
Matthew Rueben, Robotics Program, Oregon State University
William D. Smart, Robotics Program, Oregon State University
Discussant: Ashkan Soltani, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

11:30am Break

11:45am

How to Engage the Public on the Ethics and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons
Jason Millar, Philosophy, Queen’s University
AJung Moon, Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Discussant: Peter Asaro, School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm

Demonstration: Legal and Ethical Implications for Robots in our Life
Olivier Guihelm, Aldebaran, SoftBank Robotics

3:45pm Break

3:00pm

Hot Topic: Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles, Predictability, and Law
Harry Surden, University of Colorado Law School
Connect Cars – Recent Legal developments
Françoise Gilbert,  Greenberg Traurig LLP, Palo Alto, California
Raffaele Zallone, IT Law, the Bocconi University, ITC Committee, the European Lawyers Association
Discussant: Dan Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School

4:30pm

Robots In American Law
Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law
Discussant: A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law, Program Chair

5:45pm

Poster Session & Reception

7:00pm Birds of a Feather Sessions@ Local restaurants


Saturday, April 2nd

8:00am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30am

Privacy and Healthcare Robots – An ANT analysis
Aurelia Tamo, The Chair for Information and Communication Law and Visiting Researcher, The Institute for Pervasive Computing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Christoph Lutz, Institute for Media and Communications Management, University of St. Gallen
Discussant: Matt Beane, MIT Sloan School of Management

9:45am Break

10:00am

Institutional Options for Robot Governance
Dr. Aaron Mannes, Apex Data Analytics Engine, HSARPA Department of Homeland Security
Discussant: Harry Surden, University of Colorado Law School

11:15am Break

11:30am

Will #BlackLivesMatter to RoboCop?
Peter Asaro, School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control
Discussant: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law

12:15pm

Special Event: Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact
Raj Madhavan, Future Directions Committee, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers;
Founder & CEO, HumRobTech, LLC & Distinguished Visiting Professor of Robotics, Amrita
University, India.

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm

Demonstration: Openrov And Openrov Trident: Democratizing Exploration, Conservation, And Marine Science Through Low-Cost Open-Source Underwater Robots
Andrew Thaler, OpenROV
David Land, OpenROV

3:00pm Break

3:15pm

Siriously? Free Speech Rights for Artificial Intelligence
Helen Norton, University of Colorado School of Law
Toni Massaro, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Discussant: Margot E. Kaminski, Ohio State University

4:15pm Break

4:30pm

What do We Really Know About Robots and the Law?
William D. Smart, Robotics Program, Oregon State University
Discussant: Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Philosophy.

5:15pm

Final Remarks: A. Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law


All events April 1-2 at University of Miami Newman Alumni Center except Birds of a Feather Sessions.

Workshops March 31 will be held at the University of Miami School of Law.

You can register just for the main event or the conference and the workshops.

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Rolling CFP Extension

UPDATE: We’ve closed the paper submission window now.

We’ll continue to accept We Robot 2016 paper proposals on a rolling, space-available, basis until we’ve made up the full program — although the official deadline for abstracts remains midnight tonight (Nov. 1) your time. In other words, if you want to maximize your chances of getting your paper accepted, get the abstract in very soon. But we won’t refuse your paper just because it’s late until we’ve filled our dance card. Of course, the later we get it, the more we’ll have filled up the program. The fewer slots available for it, the lower your chances…

This is the same process we used successfully two years ago. The problem with an outright extension is that it pushes back the date to give people a reply as to whether their paper has been accepted, and in past years some people complained about that delay.

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We Robot 2016 Registration is Now Open

Registration for We Robot 2016 is now open.

Register early to get the early bird rate! (Note: If your paper is selected for the conference or if you are a discussant you will not have to pay a registration fee.)

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