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We Robot 2021 Preliminary Program

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Thurs. Sept. 23 Workshop ScheduleWhatWho
11:00-12:00Here Be Robots:
The panel will discuss basic technical concepts underpinning the latest developments in AI and robotics.
Bill Smart
Cindy Grimm
12:00-1:00LunchEveryone!
1:00-2:30if(goingToTurnEvil), {don’t();}: Creating Legal Rules for Robots
A lawyer, a roboticist, and a sociologist (or other discipline) walk into a bar…to form multidisciplinary teams attempting to craft or tear apart hypothetical legislation. This experiential session combines law, robotics, drones, and networking.
Evan Selinger
Woody Hartzog
2:30-3:00Break & Breakouts
Finding your Path, Your People, and Your Conference Program--Networking Break
Take a break, or join one of the following networking sessions:
1. How to do interdisciplinary research in this space
2. What do I want to be when I grow up?
3. Welcome to We Robot for newbies
Ryan Calo
Sue Glueck
Kristen Thomasen
3:00-4:00Why Call Them Robots? 100 Years of R.U.R.
The panel will discuss multidisciplinary perspectives on R.U.R., the 1920 sci-fi play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. "R.U.R." stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti.
Robin Murphy and Joanne Pransky
4:00-4:15BreakEveryone!
4:15-5:30I’ll Take Robot Geeks for $1000, Alex: An Afternoon of Robot Trivia
Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.
Jason Millar
Woody Hartzog

 

Friday, Sept. 24 ScheduleDay One EventsDiscussant
8:30-9:30Check-in & Breakfast
9:30-10:00Welcome and IntroductionsMichael Froomkin (& more)
10:00-11:00The Legal Construction of Black Boxes: How Machine Learning Practice Informs Foreseeability
Elizabeth Kumar, Andrew Selbst, and Suresh Venkatasubramanian
Ryan Calo
11:00-11:30Break
11:30-12:30Being “Seen” vs. “Unseen”: Tensions Between Privacy and Fairness in Algorithmic Bias Mitigation
Alice Xiang
Daniel Susser
12:30-12:45Lightning Poster Session & Announcements
12:45-1:45Lunch
1:45-3:15Field Robotics Panel
Moderator: Edward Tunstel
3:15-3:45Break
3:45-4:45Social Robots and Children’s Fundamental Rights: A Dynamic Four-Component Framework for Research, Development, and Policy
Vicky Charisi, Urs Gasser, Randy Gomez, and Selma Šabanović
Veronica Ahumada-Newhart
4:45-5:15Break
5:15-6:15Bias in Contract Prediction: A Case Study of GPT-3
Noam Kolt
Meg Mitchell
6:15-7:15Poster Session & Reception
  • Maria P. Angel
    Privacy’s Algorithmic Turn: An Intellectual History

  • Clinton Castro, David O'Brien and Ben Schwan,
    Egalitarian Machine Learning

  • Mark Juszczak,
    Exploring Robotic Technologies to Mediate and Reduce Risk in Domestic Violence

  • Catherine McWhorter,
    Examining Correlations between Human Empathy and Vicbots

  • Robin Murphy, Paula Dewitte, Jason Moats, Angela Clendenin, Vignesh Gandudi, Henry Arendes and Shawn Abraham,
    Reported Ethical Concerns Over Use of Robots for COVID-19 and Recommendations for Responsible Innovation for Future Pandemics

  • Beatrice Panattoni,
    Artificial Intelligence: The Challenges For Criminal Law In Facing The Passage From Technological Automation To Artificial Autonomy

  • Jimin Rhim, Cheng Lin and Ajung Moon,
    The R2D2 (Roboethics To Design & Development) Competition: Translating Moral Values Into Practice

  • Shalaleh Rismani and Ajung Moon
    How Do AI Systems Fail Socially? Social Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) for Artificial Intelligence Systems

  • John Sullins, Sean Dougherty, Vivek Nallur and Ken Bell
    Nudging Robot Engineers To Do Good: Developing Standards for Ethical AI and Robot Nudges


7:45-9:45Conference DinnerCourtyard Marriott Coconut Grove

 

Saturday Sept. 25 ScheduleDay Two EventsDiscussant
9:00-10:00Registration and Breakfast
10:00-11:00Debunking Robot Rights: Metaphysically, Ethically and Legally
Abeba Birhane, Jelle van Dijk, and Frank Pasquale
Deb Raji
11:00-11:30Break
11:30-12:30Autonomous Vehicles as Public Infrastructure: Building an “AV Development Index” for Tomorrow’s Cities
Roel Dobbe and Thomas Gilbert
Madeline Elish
12:30-1:30Lunch
1:30-2:30Driving Into the Loop: Mapping Automation Bias & Liability Issues for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Jason Millar, Ajung Moon, Shalaleh Rismani, and Katie Szilagyi
Meg Leta Jones
2:30-3:00Break
3:00-4:00Discrimination as a Cybernetic System Accident
Marc Canellas
Cynthia Khoo
4:00-4:30Break
4:30-5:30Health Robotics Panel
Moderator: Michelle Johnson
5:30-5:45Summary & Conclusion

Demos

Societal Implications of Large Language Models
Miles Brundage

Skills from Students – Artifacts from a Robot Interaction Design Curriculum for Fifth Grade Students
Daniella DiPaola

We also plan some surprises!

Note: For the latest updates keep an eye on the We Robot 2021 Program page

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We Robot 2021 Will Have Terrific Papers & Demos

We Robot 2021 is proud to announce the list of accepted papers for our September 24 & 25 meeting days (the 23rd will be our Workshop day – details soon). These papers survived a rigorous double-blind review process, and represent less than 15% of the submissions we received. Sadly, many very good papers got turned away. Happily, we can look forward to these:

Debunking Robot Rights: Metaphysically, Ethically and Legally
Abeba Birhane, Jelle van Dijk, and Frank Pasquale

Discrimination as a Cybernetic System Accident
Marc Canellas

Social Robots and Children’s Fundamental Rights: A Dynamic Four-Component Framework for Research, Development, and Policy
Vicky Charisi, Urs Gasser, Randy Gomez, and Selma Šabanović

Autonomous Vehicles as Public Infrastructure: Building an “AV Development Index” for Tomorrow’s Cities
Roel Dobbe and Thomas Gilbert

Bias in Contract Prediction: A Case Study of GPT-3
Noam Kolt

The Legal Construction of Black Boxes: How Machine Learning Practice Informs Foreseeability
I. Elizabeth Kumar, Andrew Selbst, and Suresh Venkatasubramanian

Driving Into the Loop: Mapping Automation Bias & Liability Issues for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Jason Millar, Ajung Moon, Shalaleh Rismani, and Katie Szilagyi

Being “Seen” vs. “Unseen”: Tensions Between Privacy and Fairness in Algorithmic Bias Mitigation
Alice Xiang

Field Robotics Panel

  • Robots in the Ocean, Annie Brett
  • Smart Farming versus Traditional Knowledge: Mapping the Impacts of AI Automation on East African Smallholder Female Farmers, Jeremy de Beer, Laura Foster, Chidi Oguamanam, Katie Szilagyi, and Angeline Wairegi
  • On the Practicalities of Robots in Public Spaces, Cindy Grimm, Bill Smart, and Kristen Thomasen

Health Panel

  • Somebody That I Used to Know: The Risks of Personalizing Robots for Dementia Care, Sharon Banh, Soyon Kim, Alyssa Kubota, Maryam Pourebadi, and Laurel D. Riek
  • Diverse Patient Perspectives on the Role of AI and Big Data in Healthcare, Kelly Bergstrand, Jess Findley, Christopher Robertson, Marv Slepian, and Andrew Woods
  • Prescribing Discrimination, Krista Kennedy and Charlotte Tschider

Demos

Societal Implications of Large Language Models
Miles Brundage

Skills from Students – Artifacts from a Robot Interaction Design Curriculum for Fifth Grade Students
Daniella Ditaola

 

Please note that we are accepting proposals for posters on a rolling basis until June 1.

We anticipate announcing the form of the conference — in person, virtual, or blended — in early July, so watch this space.  We will also announce a tentative program schedule once we sort out a few logistics…

 

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We Robot Paper Submission Deadline Extended One Week

Everyone says it’s harder to get things done under COVID, so we’re extending the deadline for submission of paper abstracts to We Robot 2021 by one week – to midnight US East Coast time on February 8, 2021.

We will attempt to keep to the rest of the schedule, but paper acceptance notices may end up slightly delayed also.

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