Ian Kerr and Jason Millar will present Delegation, Relinquishment and Responsibility: The Prospect of Expert Robots on Sunday, April 22nd at 11:30am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Ian Kerr is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he holds cross-appointments to the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a JD from Western University. Jason Millar is a Philosophy Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University in Canada. He has a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, and teaches courses in Roboethics and Science Ethics.
Ian Kerr and Jason Millar on “Delegation, Relinquishment and Responsibility: The Prospect of Expert Robots”
Amir Rahmani will present Micro Aerial Vehicles: Opportunity or Liability on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Amir Rahmani is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Professor Rahmani collaborated with NASA JPL on enabling technologies for spacecraft formation flying and has designed a number of algorithms for operating teams of Unmanned Arial Vehicles for Boeing Phantom-Works and Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Sinziana Gutiu will present Sex Robots and Roboticization of Consent on Saturday, April 21st at the 3:30pm “Social Issues in Robotics” Panel Presentation at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Sinziana Gutiu is a J.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa. She holds a B.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Sinziana is interested in the legal consequences of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on human rights, privacy and human computer interaction. Following the completion of her degree, Ms. Gutiu will work at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kristen Thomasen on “Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation”
Kristen Thomasen will present Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation on Saturday, April 21st at the 3:30pm “Social Issues in Robotics” Panel Presentation at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Kristen Thomasen is currently a J.D. 2012 candidate at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. She has a M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa and a B.A. in Anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Miss Thomasen co-founded the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program. In 2010, she co-presented with University of Ottawa Professor Ian Kerr, whom she presently works for as a Research Assistant, on “Facebook and a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”.
Mr. Thomas will speak on the legal complexities of marine robotics, including, intellectual property, taxation, and export control on Saturday, April 21 at the 10:15am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.
Lisa A. Shay, Gregory Conti, Woodrow Hartzog, John Nelson, & Dominic Larkin on “Confronting Automated Law Enforcement”
Professors Lisa A. Shay and Woodrow Hartzog will present Confronting Automated Law Enforcement on Saturday, April 21st at 11:45am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Col. Lisa A. Shay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. She has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Cambridge University where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. Woodrow Hartzog is an Assistant Professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LL.M in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School, and a J.D. from Samford University. Col. Gregory Conti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy at West Point. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery. Col. John Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at the US Military Academy at West Point. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington. Maj. Dominic Larkin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the US Military Academy at West Point. He has a M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Troy State University, all in Computer Science.
Patrick Hubbard on “Regulation of Liability for Risks of Physical Injury From ‘Sophisticated Robots’”
Patrick Hubbard will present Regulation of Liability For Risks of Physical Injury From “Sophisticated Robots” on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Hubbard is a Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He has a J.D. from New York University Law School, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and has practiced law in Texas, New York, and South Carolina. He is the author of “The South Carolina Law of Torts” (4th ed. 2011) and recently published an article on personhood and Artificial Intelligence in Temple Law Review.
Kate Darling will present Extending Legal Rights to Social Robots on Saturday, April 21st at the 3:30pm “Social Issues in Robotics” Panel Presentation at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at MIT Media Lab and is getting her Ph.D. in Intellectual Property from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She co-taught a course at Harvard Law School titled, “Rights for Robots” with Professor Lawrence Lessig in 2011.
This is the first of a series of announcements we’ll be running about the upcoming presentations at We Robot 2012. Check back regularly for updates, subscribe to the We Robot 2012 RSS feed or follow We Robot 2012 on Twitter.Robots will soon enter the market in large numbers, and the legal system needs to prepare for the challenge. Professors Richards and Smart argue that how we conceptualize robots—the metaphors we use to understand and relate to them—shapes the way we might design them as engineers and regulate them as lawyers. They argue that the problem is one of imagination—the imagination of designers and regulators—and how best to blend those two very different ways of thinking through problems. Thinking about robots in different ways—whether as tools, pets, servants, or family members—will affect how they are built and how the law recognizes them. Richards and Smart will present How Should the Law Think About Robots? on Saturday, April 21st at 8:45am at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Neil M. Richards is a Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and author of numerous law review articles. He clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist during President Clinton’s impeachment trial. William D. Smart is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University in Providence, RI, and his current research centers on human-robot interactions.
The proposals for We Robot 2012 exceeded all our expectations in both number and quality, which has allowed us to put together a very exciting event. Registration is now open.
In order to accommodate more presenters we’ve made some small alterations to the format: In addition to the planned presentations we’ve grouped sets of papers that seemed to have common themes into two panels: Social issues in Robotics, and Military Robots. Here’s the tentative schedule [UPDATE–Please note that amendments to the schedule are not reflected in this post; for the latest schedule information please see the actual Program]:
We Robot 2012: Setting the Agenda
April 21–22, 2012
University of Miami School of Law
Saturday, April 21st
Registration and Breakfast
Vice Dean Patrick O. Gudridge, University of Miami School of Law
A. Michael Froomkin, Program Chair
Panel Presentation: Social Issues in Robotics
Moderator: Ryan Calo
- Extending Legal Rights to Robots Based on Anthromorphism, Kate Darling
- Sex Robots and Roboticization of Consent, Sinziana Gutiu
- We Robot: Setting Up The Legal And Social Framework for “Robocalisation”, Olivier Lecomte & Francois Xavier Albouy
- Liar Liar Pants on Fire! Examining the Constitutionality of Enhanced Robo-Interrogation, Kristen Thomasen
To be held in Student Lounge & Courtyard
End of First Day
Sunday, April 22nd
Registration and Breakfast
Micro Aerial Vehicles: Opportunity Or Liability
Work-in-Progress Presentation: Open Roboethics: Establishing an Online Community for Accelerated Policy and Design Change
Ajung Moon, Ergun Calisgan, Fiorella Operto, Gianmarco Veruggio & H.F. Machiel Van der Loos
Panel Presentation: Military Robotics
Moderator: Bernard H. Oxman
- When Machines Kill: Criminal Responsibility for International Crimes Committed by Lethal Autonomous Robots, Oren Gross
- Asleep at the Switch? How Mechanical Mercenaries Might Re-Program International Humanitarian Legal Norms, Ian Kerr & Katie Szilagyi
- The Intersection: The Rules of War and The Use of Unarmed, Remotely Operated, and Autonomous Robotics Systems Platform and Weapons… Some Cautions, Richard O’Meara
- The Dehumanization of International Humanitarian Law: Independently Operating Weapon System and Modern Armed Conflict, Markus Wagner
ABOUT WE ROBOT
Robotics seems increasingly likely to become a transformative technology. This conference will build on existing scholarship exploring the role of robotics to examine how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues.
If you are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development, we hope to see you and to enable 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.
CONTACT WE ROBOT
Tel. +1 (305) 284-6276
Fax +1 (305) 284-6506
We Robot 2012
c/o A. Michael Froomkin, Program Chair
University of Miami School of Law
PO Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33124-8087
We Robot 2012
University of Miami School of Law, Rm G-382
1311 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146