Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor of ethics and technology at TU Delft (Netherlands) and president of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics

Aimee van Wynsberghe (Dr)

Assistant professor of ethics and technology at TU Delft (Netherlands)
and president of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics

Aimee van Wynsberghe has been working in ICT and robotics since 2004. She began her career as part of a research team investigating the network variables related to surgical robots in Canada at the CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advance Robotics) Institute. She is Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology and the TU Delft. She is co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and on the board of the Institute for Accountability and Internet Democracy. She serves as a member of the Advisory board for the AI & Intelligent Automation Network and is head of the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology robotics task force. Aimee has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by VIVA and was named one of the 25 'women in robotics you need to know about'. She is author of the book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation and has been awarded an NWO personal research grant to study how we can responsibly design service robots. She has been interviewed by BBC, Quartz, Financial Times, and other International news media on the topic of ethics and robots, and is invited to speak at International conferences and summits.

Aimee van Wynsberghe (Dr) will be speaking on the following topic:

International keynote address – Netherlands: Ethics to Inspire Innovation in Robotics and AI

With robotics and AI used for industrial applications, humanitarian relief, and healthcare aid the world has entered the robotics revolution. As with the introduction of any new technology society must acknowledge the risk for negative implications alongside the promises of good. Developments in autonomy and machine learning are rapidly enabling AI systems to decide and act without direct human control. This evolution in machine autonomy demands greater human responsibility. This involves, among other things, transparency and the capacity to explain decisions made by an algorithm. This also means making choices about the kinds of decisions algorithms will make. This talk will delve into some of the ethical issues raised through the wide spread use of AI and robotics in various sectors (e.g. HR, factories, transportation, and healthcare) and how putting human values at the core of AI systems calls for a mind-shift of researchers and developers. The future of AI and robotics - what this will look like and how it will happen - requires some reverse engineering and ethics can help determine a path towards a future worth wanting.

  • Gain an understanding of the different kinds of ethical questions arising from robotics and AI
  • Identify vulnerabilities resulting from AI and robotics
  • Discover the benefits of using ethics to inspire innovation in robotics and AI


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