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Addressing Ethical and Technical Challenges in the Development, Use and Governance of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 8:30am

Pennsylvania Convention Center

This full day workshop at ICRA will take place on Friday, May 27th, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA. We will present an interdisciplinary lineup of scholars and interactive sessions to help robotics researchers develop a disciplinary response to the challenges surrounding legal and ethical governance in design and use of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS).
Goals and Outcomes: 

  • Facilitate interdisciplinary communication and connections between roboticists and researchers in different fields on the subject of LAWS, to better understand differing perspectives and opinions as well as opportunities for progress.
  • Advance our understanding of technical and ethical issues related to LAWS, and document these insights as workshop proceedings in a suitable archival venue.
  • Create the foundation for lasting working groups to propose well-articulated positions on the regulation of autonomy in robotic weapons systems, with the long term goal of proposing to the RAS Research and Practice Ethics Committee a path toward what robotics as a discipline can contribute to the governance of AWS.

Registration Details: Registration for this workshop is through the ICRA website (see: information and feesregistration form). For anyone who is not able to attend in person, please note that a virtual registration option is available (virtual registration and attendance are free).

Session 1: Complexity of the Ethical Issues for LAWS (8:30 am-10:30 am)

  • “Autonomous Armed Robots and the Principle of Distinction: Does Robotic Killing Violate the Laws of War?” – Claire Finkelstein
  • “International Legal and Diplomatic Challenges Posed by Autonomous Weapons and AI-Assisted Systems” – Denise Garcia
  • TBD” – Ariel Conn
  • Followed by Q&A and breakout discussions

Session 2: Defining and Refining Challenges for Robotics (10:45am-12:45am)

  • “Diversity in Human Perspective and Functionality and Impacts for AWS” – Jonathan Moreno
  • “Permissible Uncertainty and Meaningful Human Control”  Lisa Miracchi Titus
  • “Why Not Just Ban Killer Robots?” – Michael C. Horowitz
  • Followed by Q&A and breakout discussions

Lunch and Poster Session

Session 3: Shaping a Disciplinary Response in Robotics

The full schedule is available: here