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IEEE SSIT Lecture: Implications of Robotics for Public Policy

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Prof Clinton Andrews (Center for Urban Policy Research, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, USA) will present “Implications of Robotics for Public Policy” at 6pm (UTC+1) / 1pm EDT on 15 May ’24. Click [here to convert to your local time](https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=IEEE+SSIT+Lecture%3A+Implications+of+Robotics+for+Public+Policy&iso=20250515T18&p1=78&ah=1).

[IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter](https://www.ieee-ukandireland.org/chapters/society-on-social-implications-of-technology/) and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT are cooperating with a number of IEEE OUs including: North Jersey Section SSIT Chapter; Northern Virginia/Baltimore/Washington SSIT Chapter; Bahrain Section SSIT Chapter; New Jersey Coast Section SIGHT; New Jersey Coast Section Jt. IM/Computer Society Chapter; Southeastern Michigan Section Computer Chapter; North Jersey Section: TEMS Chapter, Computer Chapter, Jt APS/MTT Chapter, WIE AG and SIGHT to organise this SSIT Lecture as a joint Webinar on 15 May ‘24.

IEEE and SSIT Members as well as non-IEEE Members are invited to [Register](https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/415611) and participate.

IEEE Members should include their IEEE Membership Number when registering.

Access to online Meeting

[Registered participants](https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/415611) will be provided with the link prior to the event.

Guest Lecture Focus

Innovations in robotics are now present in many aspects of human endeavour, from robotic vacuum cleaners to autonomous battlefield drone swarms. Alongside the intended effects of these innovations are some emerging, unintended adverse consequences. Legal and political processes exist in part to prevent and mitigate such harms. This presentation offers a systematic analysis of the emerging routes by which applications of embodied artificial intelligence—robotics—elicit public policy responses. It develops a typology that classifies robotics applications according to how they interact with individual humans, large-scale human populations, and specific physical settings; and whether the robots operate alone, in swarms, or in integrated cyberenvironments. Each case interacts with public policymaking processes in different ways, spanning tort liability law, regulatory codes and standards, and policies for assessing and managing risk. Clear roles emerge for voluntary standards, international collaboration among governance bodies, professionals cross-trained in robotics and public policy, and institutions that effectively anticipate emerging problems.

Speaker(s): Prof. Clinton Andrews,

18:00 (UTC+1) / 13:00 (EDT) Welcome and Introduction to Guest Speaker
18:05 Lecture
18:45 Questions and Discussions

Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/415611