The SCIoI Ethics Advisory Board

The topic of intelligence research, and in particular the creation of technological artifacts displaying human-like intelligence, raises ethical questions. What impact will robotics and AI have on our lives in the future? What are the risks, and how can we control them? To help us address these issues and to guarantee our work’s compliance with ethical standards, we have put together an external ethics advisory board choosing among the greatest experts in the fields of philosophy of artificial intelligence, digital ethics, robotics, and law. Each of the five board members below contributes their experience to monitoring and observing the ethical principles and guidelines used in our experiments and in our research as a whole.
Meet our five members of the Ethics Advisory Board:
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Luciano Floridi, chair
(University of Oxford)

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, and is Fellow of Exeter College. He is also Turing Fellow and Chair of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute. His areas of expertise include digital ethics, the philosophy of information, and the philosophy of technology. Among his recent books, all published by Oxford University Press (OUP): The Logic of Information (2019), The Fourth Revolution – How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), winner of the J. Ong Award; The Ethics of Information (2013); The Philosophy of Information (2011).
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Virginia Dignum
(Umeå University, Sweden)

Virginia Dignum is Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden and associated with the TU Delft in the Netherlands. She is the director of WASP-HS, the Wallenberg Program on Humanities and Society for AI, Autonomous Systems and Software. She is a Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI), a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Artificial Intelligence Council, of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethically Alligned Design, and a founding member of ALLAI-NL, the Dutch AI Alliance. She is the author of “Responsible Artificial Intelligence: developing and using AI in a responsible way” published by Springer in 2019.
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Raja Chatila
Raja Chatila
(Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris)

Raja Chatila, IEEE Fellow, is Professor and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (UPMC). He is also Director of the Laboratory of Excellence “SMART” on human-machine interaction. He was director of LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse France, in 2007-2010.

His research covers several aspects of Robotics in robot navigation and SLAM, motion planning and control, cognitive and control architectures, human-robot interaction, and robot learning. He  works on robotics projects in the areas of service, field, aerial and space robotics. He is author of over 150 international publications on these topics.

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Burkhard Schafer
(University of Edinburgh)

Burkhard Schafer studied philosophy, logic, computer linguistics and law in Mainz, Munich and Lancaster before joining the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh in 1996, being awarded a personal chair in Computational Legal Theory in 2010. In 2002, he became one of the founding members of the SCRIPT centre for IT and IP law, and in 2010 its director. His research explores the intersection of law and computer technology, combining an interest in the regulation of technology with the use of technology in the justice system. He is member of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute, and member of the expert group of AI4People.
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Judith Simon
(Universität Hamburg)

Judith Simon is Full Professor for Ethics in Information Technologies at the Universität Hamburg. She is interested in ethical, epistemological and political questions arising in the context of digital technologies, in particular in regards to big data and artificial intelligence. Judith Simon is a member of the German Ethics Council as well as various other committees of scientific policy advice and has also been a member of the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government (2018-2019). Her Routledge Handbook of Trust and Philosophy has just been published in June 2020.
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