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 http://robots.law.miami.edu/2019.
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
- Poster sessions
Ford’s “Driverless” Food-Delivery Vehicles in Miami Aren’t Actually Driverless (New Times)
“Research vehicles for our business pilots are designed to appear as self-driving, however, they are manually driven by an experienced driver,” Ford wrote this week in a post on Medium. “The focus of our research is on the first and last mile of the delivery experience.”
Actually not odd or surprising — this is how testing of would-be autonomous works nationally, for safety and liability reasons.
In what has become an annual tradition, Wendy Grossman provides the best write-up of We Robot 2018 you are going to read.
See you in Miami next year!
We Robot 2018 has posted the official Call For Papers.
See you there — Stanford, April 12-14.
We Robot 2018 will be held at Stanford Law School, April 12-14. Full details will appear on the We Robot 2018 conference webpage in due course.
I’m looking forward to it, especially since I had to miss the last one due to illness.
We Robot is happening today and tomorrow. Although I founded the WE Robot conference, for the first time I am not able to attend, and indeed had to withdraw a paper I felt pretty good about. Fortunately the live stream is very good. The papers are great, as usual, but it feels so very weird to be only a remote participant, especially with so many familiar faces on camera and also familiar voices off-camera. As a viewer from a distance, on the one hand I’m delighted that the conference has momentum and a life of its own. On the other hand, I would have loved to be there, especially as it’s taking place at Yale. A lot of a great conference is the hallways, and that of course you don’t get from remote participation, not even Twitter.
See you next year!