Technical Expertise Committee
Legal Expertise Committee
Professor, University of Oslo
Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, Norway. He works at the intersections of philosophy, computing, applied ethics, comparative philosophy, and media studies, with a specific focus on research ethics, Digital Religion, and virtue ethics in media and communication, specifically social robots.
Associate Professor, TU Delft
Virginia Dignum is Associate Professor on Social Artificial Intelligence at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management at TU Delft, and Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is internationally recognised for her research in Multi-Agent Organisations and Normative Systems, for which she was awarded the prestigious Veni grant from NWO (Dutch Organization for Scientific Research) in 2006. Her research focuses on value-sensitive design of intelligent systems and multi-agent organisations, in particular on the formalisation of ethical and normative behaviours and of social interactions. She is currently Secretary of the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi- agent Systems (IFAAMAS), member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous Systems, and co-chair of ECAI2016, the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
Advisor on UAVs
Denise Soesilo is an advisor on UAVs in Geneva, Switzerland, supporting the implementation and efficient integration of drone technology in health provision and disaster response. Previously, she was a project manager for the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, managing a two-year ECHO funded action to consolidate existing knowledge on the use of drones in humanitarian contexts. This resulted in the first document of its kind called “Drone in Humanitarian Action” to raise awareness about the growing adoption of drones in this context. Denise has authored several publications on the use of drones, as well as a report on waste risks and gaps in meeting the global waste challenge.
Mark Coeckelbergh (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is a philosopher of technology. He is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology (research group page) at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. (staff page) and Vice-President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He also has an affiliation as Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK (staff page). He is head of the research group Philosophy of Media and Technology
Founding Editor, Wired Magazine
Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. He has also been a writer, photographer, conservationist, and student of Asian and digital culture.
Professor of Surgery and Oncology, Western University
Dr. Christopher Schlachta is a current Professor of Surgery and Oncology at Western University in London, ON. Dr. Schlachta is also the Medical Director of Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) at the London Health Sciences Centre. Known for his pioneering work in minimally invasive surgeries, his current research focuses on developing computer assisted technologies for simulation training.
Prior to Western University, Dr. Schlachta held positions at the Lawson Health Research Institute, the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the London Health Sciences Foundation. Furthermore, he holds degrees from McGill University in Montreal, QC and the University of Toronto.
Assistant Professor, University of Windsor
Kristen Thomasen is an Assistant Professor of Law, Robotics & Society at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and she is a PhD Candidate in Law at the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral research examines the impact of drones and privacy in public, and received a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Kristen previously clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.
Kay Firth-Butterfield is a Barrister, and Executive Director of AI-Austin Executive Director and Founding Advocate of AI-Austin which is a non-profit dedicated to the development of law and ethics around the creation and use of AI and the socially beneficial use of AI. She is Vice-Chair of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems and contributed to the Future of Life Institute’s 23 Principles for Ethical AI. In 2015, she co-founded the Consortium on Law and Ethics of AI and Robotics at the University of Texas where she is a Senior Fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Kay has advanced degrees in Law and International Relations and advises governments, think tanks, businesses, IGOs and non-profits about AI, law and policy.
PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge
Christopher Markou is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. His thesis, entitled ‘Legal Autonomy and Technological Change: A Systems Theoretical Analysis of Artificial Intelligence’ is supervised by Professor Simon Deakin (Law) and Professor Ross Anderson (Computer Science) and generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Christopher holds degrees from The University’s of Toronto and Manchester and writes extensively on issues of law and technological change for both academic and popular audiences. His writing has been featured in The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Conversation, Creative Review, Wired and other outlets.
Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Dr. Hin-Yan Liu is an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis. Prior to Copenhagen, Liu has held positions ranging from Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, to academic positions at NYU Florence, King’s College of London and the University of Westminster. He has also visited the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law on the Max Planck Society Scholarship.
Dr. Liu received his doctorate at King’s College London concentrating on the frontiers of emerging technology governance and his LLM at UCL in the area of Human Rights Law. Prior to King’s and UCL, he undertook degrees at City University London and the University of Alberta. If given the opportunity, he wishes to undertake research in the area of legal and regulatory innovation, as it relates to the Behavioral Law Project where Dr. Liu currently performs research.