We’ve selected a slightly unusual way to organize the presentation of scholarly papers at the We Robot 2012 conference. For the single-paper presentations, rather than have paper authors present their own papers, we’ve chosen a group of distinguished discussants and asked them to do the presentation, and then to also offer an appreciation and critique of it. The author(s) will then reply to the discussant’s presentation before opening the floor to comments and questions. Moderators of panel discussions will organize the conversations on the panels they are leading.Annemarie Bridy will be the Discussant for Neil Richards & William Smart’s paper How Should the Law Think About Robots? on Saturday, April 21 at the 8:45am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Professor Bridy is an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. Professor Bridy received her J.D. from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review. She also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine. She served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable William H. Yohn, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Her work focuses on Internet and intellectual property law, with specific attention to the impact of disruptive technologies on existing frameworks for the protection of intellectual property and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Mary Anne Franks will be the Discussant for Lisa Shay, Gregory Conti, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson, and Dominic Larkin’s paper Confronting Automated Law Enforcement on Saturday, April 21 at the 11:45am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Professor Franks is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Professor Franks received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she also taught courses in social theory and philosophy. She holds a doctorate and Masters in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University in England, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. Prior to coming to Miami, Professor Franks was a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Samir Chopra will be the Discussant for F. Patrick Hubbard’s paper Regulation of Liability For Risks of Physical Injury From “Sophisticated Robots” on Saturday, April 21 at the 2:00pm at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Professor Chopra is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn. He has a Masters in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate School and University Center in New York. Professor Chopra recently authored “A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents”, University of Michigan Press, 2011.Ryan Calo will moderate the panel presentation “Social Issues in Robotics” on Saturday, April 21 at the 3:30pm at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Calo is Director of Privacy and Robotics for The Center for Internet and Society, a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School. Mr. Calo received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Guy Cole Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Calo will join the law faculty at the University of Washington this summer.