Symposium on Trust and Ethics in Autonomous Vehicles

Symposium on Trust and Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles (STEAV)

May 31st - June 1st, 2018

Cambridge, MA, USA

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A symposium that brings together scientists, engineers, lawmakers, and car manufacturers to discuss ethical considerations and trust in autonomous vehicles.

 
 
 

General Chairs

Iyad Rahwan

Jean-François Bonnefon

Azim Shariff

Joichi Ito

Jonathan Zittrain

 

Organizers

Edmond Awad

Natalie Saltiel

Amar Ashar

Aida Joaquin

Tim Hwang

Greater levels of autonomy are making their way into contemporary vehicular technology, and research on multiple fronts is being done to engineer fully autonomous vehicles that will eventually be capable of safely executing parking-to-parking tasks for their owners. The large number of self-driving vehicles expected to ply the roads of the future raises the possibility that a vehicle driving in autonomous mode may be faced with a mechanical or environmental issue that will have it face a situation of unavoidable harm, and force it to choose among human lives to spare or to expose to a lower risk. The complex interplay of factors to consider in such a situation are staggering, including those of fairness, liability, responsibility, utilitarianism, intervention, survivability, and the social roles of potential victims, as well as the differing relationships of each of the humans to the vehicle. The way these factors will be dealt with will influence the public’s trust and their reaction to this technology. In order to achieve this trust, we need a multidisciplinary approach in which scientists, engineers, lawmakers, and car manufacturers exchange ideas, and work together to propose potential solutions.

To promote such approach, MIT Media Lab, Berkman-Klein Center, and Institute For Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) are organizing a symposium on trust and ethics of autonomous vehicles at MIT Media Lab. The workshop aims at initiating new collaborative projects through interactions, and at creating potential mechanisms for influencing regulations and creation of industry standards.

ORGANIZING INSTITUTIONS

 

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Speakers and Moderators

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Julio Gómez-Pomar

Spanish Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport, and Housing

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Christoph Luetge

Professor of Business Ethics — Technische Universität München

Earl F. Weener

Member — U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

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Madeleine Clare Elish

Researcher — Data & Society

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Mick Noland

Senior Vice President, P&C Product Management — MetLife

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Laura Fraade-Blanar

Postdoctoral Fellow — RAND Corporation

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Ruigang Yang

Director of Robotics and Autonomous Driving Lab — Baidu

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Barbara Wege

Project Leader beyond initiative — AUDI AG

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Chaiwoo Lee

Researcher — MIT AgeLab

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Sertac Karaman

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics — MIT; Co-Founder & President — Optimus Ride

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Melissa Nobles

Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, MIT

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Noah Goodall

Senior Research Scientist — Virginia Transportation Research Council

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Patrick Lin

Director — Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly

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Janina Loh

Postdoctoral Associate, Philosophy of Technology and Media — University of Vienna

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Sandra Wachter

Lawyer and Research Fellow — Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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Lauren Smith

Policy Counsel — Future of Privacy Forum

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Jason Millar

Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society — Stanford University

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Kristopher Carter

Co-Chair — Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

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Sydney Levine

Postdoctoral Associate — MIT

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Thomas Philbeck

Head of Science and Technology Studies — World Economic Forum Geneva

Urs Gasser

Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School; Executive Director — Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

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Aida Joaquin Acosta

Fellow at Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University; Senior Public Official of the Spanish Government

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Natalie Saltiel

Program Manager of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative — MIT Media Lab

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Joi Ito

Director — MIT Media Lab

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Agenda

Day 1 (E14-6th floor, MIT Media Lab)

09:00 – 9:30 Registration + Coffee

09:30 – 9:45 Opening and Introduction

09:45 – 11:00 Panel A: Regulation and Public Policies

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 01:00 Panel B: Safety, Security, and Risk

01:00 – 02:00 Lunch break

02:00 – 03:15 Panel C: Human-Machine Interaction

03:15 – 03:30 Coffee break

03:30 – 05:00 Panel D: Ethics for AVs

05:00 – 06:30 Reception

 

Day #2 (Wasserstein Hall, room 1010, Harvard Law School)

09:45 – 10:00 Welcome + Coffee

10:00 – 11:00 Panel E: Privacy, Explainability, and Data Security

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Panel F: Implementing Ethics in AVs

12:30 – 1:00 Concluding remarks

Panels

1. REGULATIONS AND PUBLIC POLICIES - Developing clear regulatory frameworks and effective policies that build trust into citizens.

Moderator: Joi Ito, Director — MIT Media Lab

Speakers:

Julio Gómez-Pomar, Spanish Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport, and Housing

Christoph Luetge, Professor of Business Ethics — Technische Universität München

Earl F. Weener, Member — U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

 

2. SAFETY, SECURITY, AND RISK- Establishing reasonable safety and security standards, and risk management:

Moderator: Aida Joaquin Acosta, Fellow at Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University; Senior Public Official of the Spanish Government.

Speakers:

Madeleine Clare Elish, Researcher — Data & Society

Mick Noland, Senior Vice President, P&C Product Management — MetLife

Laura Fraade-Blanar, Postdoctoral Fellow — RAND Corporation

Ruigang Yan, Director of Robotics and Autonomous Driving Lab — Baidu

 

3. HUMAN-MACHINE INTERACTION – Moving from H-M interaction to H-M integration.

Moderator: Sydney Levine, Postdoctoral Associate — MIT Media Lab

Speakers:

Barbara Wege, Project Leader beyond initiative — AUDI AG

Chaiwoo Lee, Researcher — MIT AgeLab

Sertac Karaman, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics — MIT; Co-Founder & President — Optimus Ride

 

4. ETHICS FOR AVS - Considering an ethical framework for AVs

Moderator: Thomas Philbeck, Head of Science and Technology Studies — World Economic Forum Geneva

Speakers:

Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Professor of Political Science, MIT

Noah Goodall, Senior Research Scientist — Virginia Transportation Research Council

Patrick Lin, Director — Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly

Janina Loh, Postdoctoral Associate, Philosophy of Technology and Media — University of Vienna

 

5. DATA PROTECTION, PRIVACY, AND EXPLAINABILITY - Guaranteeing good privacy and data protection practices while facilitating explainability

Moderator: Urs Gasser, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School; Executive Director — Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Speakers:

Lauren Smith, Policy Counsel — Future of Privacy Forum

Sandra Wachter, Research Fellow — Oxford Internet Institute.

 

6. IMPLEMENTING ETHICS IN AVS - Outlook, Directions and Challenges

Moderator: Natalie Saltiel, Program Manager of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative — MIT Media Lab

Speakers:

Jason Millar, Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society — Stanford University

Kristopher Carter, Co-Chair — Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Thank you

Jessica Sousa, James Frost, Stephanie Strom, 

Chia Evers, Ryan McCarthy, and Carey Andersen