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Call for abstracts for autonomous technologies workshop

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In September 2016, SIPRI will host a workshop on autonomous technologies as part of the new IEEE Future Directions Committee project, Autonomous Technologies and their Societal Impact. Abstract submissions are now open for presentations at the workshop.


Workshop topics

The workshop will include presentations from different perspectives and views, such as:

  • Socio-economic Aspects of Autonomous Technologies in Developed Vs. Developing Economies
  • Legal, Ethical And Strategic Implications Of The Weaponization Of Autonomous Technologies
  • Roles of Organizations including Academia, Government, Industry, and End-users
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects in Designing Autonomous Systems in Civilian and Military Domains


Abstract submission

Presentations are solicited from speakers from diverse backgrounds such as in the intersection of public policy and technology issues, and societal impacts of robotics and automation from regulatory, liability, safety, security, and privacy perspectives. Prospective presenters are invited to submit an extended abstract of 1-2 pages (max.) reporting on their current research and ideas that motivate discussion during the workshop.

Please email your abstract as a pdf document to indicating your affiliation, contact details and include a brief biography.

Note that you're not required to write a paper but your presentation will be archived for the benefit of the community at an archival website. As a final step and as a record of the workshop, we intend to capture key points from speakers, salient points from the discussions, identify missing gaps and future steps and summarize them in a White Paper to formulate action items. Selected presenters will be invited to contribute to the White Paper.


Important dates

  • 30 July 2016: Extended abstract submission deadline
  • 7 August 2016: Notification of accepted presentations


Details on the project and the first workshop, including list of speakers, are available here.