The workshop is organized by researchers of the TU Delft-based NWO-funded project Meaningful Human Control over Automated Driving Systems (Bart van Arem, Giulio Mecacci, Filippo Santoni de Sio) and by two experts in philosophical and legal aspects of autonomous systems (respectively: Guglielmo Tamburrini, University of Naples Federico II, and Daniele Amoroso, University of Cagliari). Outcomes of this workshop will be:
- the creation of a world-leading interdisciplinary network of experts on the topic of meaningful human control over autonomous systems,
- a special issue of an academic journal with meaningful human control as a topic,
- a public report on the preliminary findings of the workshop and the agenda for future research,
- a European level grant proposal in the study and application of meaningful human control.
The workshop is divided into four consecutive plenary panels. Three thematic panels will zoom in on the selected case studies (autonomous weapon systems, autonomous vehicles, surgical robots); each of the panels will include researchers, policy experts, and users as speakers; a converging panel will then wrap up the discussion and prepare the ground for the final deliverables. Two keynote speakers will give a short talk for each of the three thematic panels.
Workshop attendance will be restricted to 30 invited participants. This is meant to facilitate effective discussion and fruitful interaction. Given the sensible nature of the topics and the institutional roles of some of the attendees, we will adopt the Chatham House Rule, according to which information disclosed during the workshop may be reported by those present, but the source of that information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified.
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