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Responsible Intelligent Systems


18 April 2016

Responsible Intelligent Systems in Perspective; where Computer Science, Philosophy and Legal Theory meet

Our tendency to delegate responsibilities to machines (self-driving cars, algorithmic trading, military drones, autonomous surveillance systems, etc.) leads to pressing questions that call for answers from an interdisciplinary perspective. Computer scientists can contribute by studying how to design responsible AI, but they first need to know exactly what is meant by that. Philosophers may be able to tell them what responsibility is, but may find it hard to operationalise their insights in such fundamental topics as action, freedom, ethics, norms, and reasons. And that is where legal theorists may be of help, as they are used to think about the relation between abstract notions like fairness, justice, duty, excuse, complicity, causality and their concrete reflections in the rules of law.

On April 18-19 2016, we organise an interdisciplinary workshop where we bring together researchers from Philosophy, Computer Science and Legal Theory to exchange views on the subject of responsible intelligent systems.

Attendance is free and open to all academics. To enable us to estimate how much coffee and sandwiches we have to order, we would be happy if you let us know if you plan to come by sending an email to H.W.A.Duijf@uu.nl with the subject “Attendance REINS workshop”. Please mention your name and affiliation so that we can make a name tag for you to wear at the workshop. This pdf-file summarises information for attendees (programme + directions).

Venue: Boothstraat 7, Utrecht, Kerkzaal


Monday 18 April

9:00 Coffee

9:30 Opening: Jan Broersen & group, The REINS-project

10:25 Short Coffee Break

10:40 Bruce Chapman (Toronto, Canada, Legal Theory and Philosophy), Human and Artificially Intelligent Agents:  Their Fair Terms of Interaction in the Law of Tort pdf of programme + abstracts

11:35 Long Coffee Break

12:05 Thomas Müller (Konstanz, Germany, Philosophy), When does an artificial system act? pdf of programme + abstracts

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Franz Dietrich (Paris, France, Economy and Philosophy), What matters and how it matters: a choice-theoretic representation of moral theories pdf of programme + abstracts

14:55 Short Coffee Break

15:10 Thomas Ågotnes (Bergen, Norway, Information Science), From Distributed to Common Knowledge pdf of programme + abstracts

16:05 Long Coffee Break

16:35 John Horty (Maryland, US, Philosophy and Computer Science), Epistemic Oughts in Stit Semantics pdf of programme + abstracts

17:30 End

18:30 Workshop dinner (speakers + organisers only)


Tuesday 19 April

9:00 Coffee

9:30 Marija Slavkovik (Bergen, Norway, Computer Science), Machine ethics in collective reasoning pdf of programme + abstracts

10:25 Short Coffee Break

10:40 Michael Fischer (Liverpool, UK, Computer Science), Responsible Autonomy pdf of programme + abstracts

11:35 Long Coffee Break

12:05 Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute Florence, Italy, Legal Theory and Computer Science), The Autonomy of Technological Systems and Responsibilities for their Use pdf of programme + abstracts

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Henry Prakken (Groningen en Utrecht, Netherlands, Computer Science and Legal Theory), Responsible intelligent systems and AI & Law pdf of programme + abstracts

14:55 Short Coffee Break

15:10 Ugo Pagallo (Turin, Italy, Legal Theory and Computer Science), The Good, The Bad, and the Robot: A Legal Stance on “Roboethics” pdf of programme + abstracts

16:05 Long Coffee Break

16:35 Marek Sergot (Imperial College London, UK, Computer Science), Some forms of collectively bringing about or `seeing to it that’
pdf of programme + abstracts

17:30 Closing


-Jan Broersen, Hein Duijf, Jesse Mulder