We Robot 2014 Program

All events at University of Miami Newman Alumni Center except Birds of a Feather Sessions

Full text of all papers will be available by clicking paper titles on this page.

Friday, April 4th


Check-in and Breakfast



Welcome Remarks: Thomas J. LeBlanc, Executive VP and Provost, University of Miami
Introductory Remarks and Introduction of Sponsors: A. Michael Froomkin, Program Chair


Regulating the Loop: Ironies of Automation Law
Meg Leta Ambrose, Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University
Discussant: Elizabeth Grossman, Microsoft Corp.

10:00am Break


Proxy Prudence – Rethinking Models of Responsibility for Semi-autonomous Robots
Jason Millar, Philosophy, Queen’s University
Discussant: Peter Asaro, School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, Stanford Law School, International Committee for Robot Arms Control

11:30am Break


Robots as Labor Creating Devices: Robotic Technologies and the Expansion of the Second Shift
Ann Bartow, Pace Law School
Discussant: Jodi Forlizzi, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

1:00pm Lunch


Panel on Robots and Social Justice
Moderator: Kate Darling, MIT Media Lab

3:45pm Break


Parallel Demonstrations

  • TeleRobotics Demonstration
    Howard Jay Chizeck, Electrical Engineering & Bioengineering, University of Washington
  • Automated Algorithmic Software Trading Robots: Sousveillance, and Continuous Cloud Sync Video SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Audit Trails
    Avi Rushinek, University of Miami School of Business
    Sara Rushinek University of Miami School of Business


Survey: “So, What do YOU think a robot is?” A short quiz for the audience.
Bill Smart, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University




Birds of a Feather Sessions
@ Local restaurants

Saturday, April 5th


Registration and Breakfast


Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot
Ian Kerr, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine & Department of Philosophy, University of Ottawa
Carissima Mathen, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Discussant: Jack Balkin, Yale Law School

9:45am Break


When Robot Eyes Are Watching You: The Law & Policy of Automated Communications Surveillance
Kevin Bankston, New America Foundation
Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Discussant: Neil Richards, Washington University School of Law

11:15am Break


Robotics and the New Cyberlaw
Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law
Discussant: David G. Post, Beasley School of Law, Temple University

12:45pm Lunch


A Conservation Theory of Governance for Automated Law Enforcement
Col. Gregory Conti, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science & Information Technology Operations Center, United States Military Academy
Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Col. John C. Nelson, English & Philosophy, United States Military AcademyCol.
Lisa A. Shay, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, United States Military Academy
Discussant: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law

3:00pm Break


Panel on Domestic Drones

Moderator: Dan Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School


Final Remarks