Preliminary Program for We Robot 2019

Thank you to everyone who submitted papers for We Robot 2019! The Program Committee a very large number of interesting paper proposals, which lead to an acceptance rate of under 20%.

Below we list the accepted papers. A fuller program, including dates and times for panels and presentations, discussants, and including demos and information about the poster session will follow:

  • Taking Futures Seriously: Forecasting as Method in Robotics Law and Policy by Stephanie Ballard (University of Washington) & Ryan Calo (University of Washington)
  • Using The Robot Koseki – Using Japanese Family Law as a Model for Regulating Robots by Colin P. Jones (Doshisha Law School)
  • Reap What You Sow? Precision Agriculture and The Privacy of Farm Data by Karen Levy (Cornell University), Solon Barocas (Cornell University), & Alexandra Mateescu (Data & Society Research Institute)
  • Delivery Robots and the Influence of Warehouse Logic on Public Spaces by Mason Marks (Yale Law School & NYU Law School)
  • Why the Moral Machine is a monster by Abby Everett Jaques (MIT)
  • Emerging Legal and Policy Trends in Recent Robot Science Fiction by Robin R Murphy (Texas A&M University)
  • The Institutional Life of Algorithms: Lessons from California’s Money Bail Reform Act by Alicia Solow-Niederman (UCLA School of Law), Guy Van den Broeck (UCLA), & YooJung Choi (UCLA)
  • Administering Artificial Intelligence by Alicia Solow-Niederman (UCLA School of Law)
  • The Reasonable Coder by Petros Terzis (University of Winchester)
  • Toward a Comprehensive View of the Influence of Artifical Intelligence on International Affairs by Jesse Woo (Kyoto University)
  • Panel: Robot/Human Handoffs
    • The Human/Weapon Relationship in the Age of Autonomous Weapons and the Attribution of Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes by Marta Bo (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
    • Through the Handoff Lens: Are Autonomous Vehicles No-Win for Driver-Passengers by Jake Goldenfein (Cornell Tech); Wendy Ju (Cornell Tech); Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley School of Information); Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)
    • AI, professionals, and professional work: The practice of law with automated decision support technologies by Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley School of Information) & Daniel N Kluttz (UC Berkeley School of Information)
  • Panel: AI & Authorship
    • Artificial Intelligence Patent Infringement by Tabrez Y Ebrahim (California Western School of Law)
    • That Thou Art Mindful: Emergent creativity and the unromantic author by Ian Kerr (University of Ottawa); Carys Craig (York University)
    • Jack of All Trades, Master of None: Is Copyright Protection Justified for Robotic Faux-riginality? by Sarit Mizrahi (University of Ottawa)
    • We Are Not the Same: Consequences of AI Identity Disclosure on User Expectations and Behavior by Anastasia Usova (NYU Stern); Hallie Cho (INSEAD)

Again, thank you to everyone who submitted paper proposals. We are looking forward to April and could not be more excited about these papers.

Please note: Early Bird Registration closes January 11 — save money by registering now.

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Don’t Panic

We figure to get the acceptance and, alas, rejection letters out one or two days behind the original schedule.

So look for them no later than Wednesday.  Apologies for the delay.


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By Popular Demand – 48 Hour Extension on We Robot 2019 Submission Deadline

A number of people have asked that we extend our deadline to after the US Election, which will be held on Nov. 6. Given the tight schedule we’ve set for the Program Committee to winnow proposals, there is not much give in our schedule, but we will extend the deadline by 48 hours, to midnight on Wed Nov 7, 2018.

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We Robot Paper/Demo Proposals Due in ONE WEEK

Just ONE WEEK until the midnight Nov 5 deadline for We Robot submissions for scholarly papers and demos!  The Call for Papers, with Guidelines to the submission format and process can be accessed here. (The deadline for poster proposals is March 8, 2019, but acceptances may be offered on a rolling basis.)

The We Robot Program Committee looks forward to considering your proposals and reading about developing social and legal issues in the realm of robotics. Please remember that this is a blind review process, and as such we ask that you refrain from discussing your proposal topic with any of the Committee members.

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More on Submitting Proposals to We Robot

Just about one month to go to the deadline!  Then all the proposals will be considered by the We Robot 2019 Program Committee.  It’s a blind reviewing process, so to maximize your chances of acceptance, please DO NOT discuss the substance of your proposal with any of the people on this list.

General inquiries are welcome to, but please don’t include specifics about your proposal as it may be seen by a Program Committee member.

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We Robot 2019 Submissions Now Being Accepted

We’re delighted to announce the opening of the We Robot 2019 paper submission portal. (Link fixed.) We look forward to your ideas for conference papers. Please see the We Robot 2019 Call for Papers for details about what we are looking for. Note that proposals are due by Nov 5, 2018. (Update: To preserve blind review, we ask that you not ask members of the program committee to review draft abstracts in advance of submission.)

Also, please note that Registration for We Robot 2019 is now open too. Please keep an eye on the We Robot 19 blog for updates and information.

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We Robot 2019 – Call For Papers, Demonstrations & Posters

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. Previously, the conference has been held at University of Miami, University of Washington, Stanford, and Yale. The conference web site is at and that page will provide links to the submission portal when it opens.

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.

We invite proposals for each of the following:

  • Scholarly papers
  • Demonstrations
  • Poster sessions


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We Robot Registration is Open

We Robot 2019 registration opens today! We encourage you to register early, as we will close registration when the conference is full.

Until Jan. 11, 2019, the early bird fee for general registration for the main conference (April 12 & 13) is only $99. From Jan 11, 2019, general registration will rise to $149. We also have special rates for full-time academics ($99), full time students ($35) and U.Miami faculty ($35).

The We Robot Workshop on April 11 is an additional $45. We have exciting plans for the Workshop this year – subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss the details (see right column of this page for RSS and email subscription options).

A limited number of fee waivers for the main conference and/or the workshop are available for full time faculty and students; we also offer substantial discounts to attendees from economically developing countries. Email us at to apply for a waiver or discount.

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We Robot 2019 Key Dates

Summary of Key Dates

  • August 14, 2018. Early Bird Registration begins. See for further information.
  • Sept 4, 2018. Submission portal opens. See for further information.
  • Nov 5, 2018. Call for papers and demos closes.  All proposals submitted by this date will be treated equally.
  • Dec. 17, 2018. We aim to have responses to paper and demo proposals by this date. Watch further information.
  • Jan 14, 2019. Portal opens for submission of poster proposals.
  • Jan 14 2019. Early bird registration closes.
  • March 8, 2019. Call for posters closes, but acceptances may be offered on a rolling basis (i.e. it may be beneficial to submit earlier).
  • March 14, 2019. Full papers due. They will be posted online here at the conference web site unless otherwise agreed.
  • April 5, 2019. Advance registration closes.
  • April 11, 2019.  We Robot Workshops, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.
  • April 12-13, 2019. We Robot Conference, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA.  (Note – poster session on April 12.)
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We Robot 2019

We Robot 2019 will be hosted by the University of Miami School of Law. The conference will be April 12-13, with a workshop day on April 11.

More info …. soonish….

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