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Location: Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4RH

Call for papers:  Submissions deadline – 17 February 2019

For the Symposium format, registration, submission information and latest updates, please see the Symposium EasyChair and the AISB Convention web pages.

About the AIRoNoS 2019 Symposium

Today, more than ever, imagination and invention in science and technology have to be met with normative imagination and vision, towards a sustainable future. The AIRoNoS 2019 Symposium, part of the AISB 2019 Convention: Artificial Intelligence, Imagination and Invention, aims to explore the ethical and regulatory challenges and opportunities that developments in artificial intelligence and robotics announce. The Symposium proposes to both explore the fine-grained implications of present-day technological developments and to encourage a debate about a systematic approach to creating an appropriate normative environment for the technology and society of the future.

Intelligent machines and algorithms share now, more and more, both the physical and the cyber space that humans occupy, with automated vehicles, care robots, surgical robots, diagnosing programmes, hotel receptionists, advertising tools, to mention just a few, becoming a common encounter.

While the support that such AI and robotics technologies can bring to human activities is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, the normative – ethical and regulatory - environment needed for welcoming such technologies is evolving at a much slower pace and, with few exceptions, mostly in a reactive rather than a proactive manner. The AIRoNoS 2019 Symposium proposes a focus on a much-needed debate for a systematic approach to the normative dimensions – ethical and regulatory – and R&D parameters, required for supporting socially-mindful AI and robotics technologies. It sets out to create a platform of debate, as a regular feature of the AISB Convention, inviting AI and robotics scientists as well as social scientists to engage critically within a multi-disciplinary environment.

Topics of interest

The Symposium organisers invite submissions on all aspects of the ethical and/or regulatory issues encountered within or outside AI and robotics labs, on issues including but not limited to:

  • ethical codes and guidelines in AI R&D environments;
  • signals of the emergence of a new sense of ethics at the human/machine interface;
  • relevant dimensions in considering the balance between human decisions and AI-based decisions;
  • technologies for cyber security and privacy protection;
  • ethical, legal and social (ELS) implications of autonomous robots;
  • challenges derived from the AI enhancing of human senses and abilities;
  • the challenges of re-distributing responsibility for accidents involving physical or digital AIs;
  • ELS implications related to developing and using lethal autonomous weapons (LAW)
  • access and exploitation of big data in relation to privacy and/or social justice;
  • rights and incentives in developing socially-mindful AIs;
  • from moral, to legal, to electronic personhood: ethical, legal and conceptual challenges;
  • types of responsibility at the human/machine interface;
  • machine ethics and law-abiding algorithms;
  • transparency – the white box/black box conundrum – normative implications;
  • ethical dimensions of stakeholder consultation in AI and robotics;
  • creating a social space for discussing alternative visions of the society–technology dynamics;
  • governance and regulation of new technologies – who does the shaping, owning, benefiting from it, accessing it and making decisions about it;
  • reflecting on the impact of AI technologies on society – where should we start? A top-down or bottom-up approach?

Symposium Chair

Dr Aurora Voiculescu, Westminster Law & Theory Lab, University of Westminster.

Organizing Committee

  • Dr Aurora Voiculescu, University of Westminster
  • Professor Alan Winfield, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Bristol University
  • Professor Norihiro Hagita, Director, Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, Kyoto
  • Dr Jack Stilgoe, Science and Technology Studies, University College London
  • Professor David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University, USA
  • Dr Allison Gardner, School of Computing and Math, Keele University


Participants in the Symposium will be invited to submit extended and reviewed contributions to an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal (Connection Science and AI & Society journals) for a Special Issue publication in the summer/autumn of 2019.

Travel support

The AISB 2019 Convention, of which this Symposium is part, is supported by EC FP7 grant 621403.  Some travel support may be provided to eligible participants subject to availability.


For all questions related to the Symposium and paper submissions, please email the Symposium Chair at [email protected].