We are pleased to invite submissions for We Robot 2020, the 9th annual robotics law, ethics and policy conference, to be held at the University of Ottawa, Canada, on April 2–4, 2020. Previously, the conference has been held at the University of Miami, the University of Washington, Stanford University, and Yale University.
CLTS Faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, and Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, are co-investigators on a strategic $2.5 Million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on journalism innovation that will support the development of the Global Journalism Innovation Lab/Lab mondial d’innovation en journalisme. The Centre is also a partner of this strategic grant.
Faculty member Dr Teresa Scassa has been appointed Chair of the Government of Canada’s new Canadian Statistics Advisory Council. The Council will advise the Chief Statistician and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on matters concerning the overall quality of the national statistical system, including the relevance, accuracy, accessibility and timeliness of its data.
Dr. Elizabeth Dubois, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and a CLTS Faculty Member, received, with Dr. Taylor Owen (McGill University), a Canada History Fund grant to run the Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge, a call for proposals for projects examining the uses and impacts of digital media in the 2019 Canadian Federal Election.
CLTS Faculty Members Prof. Marina Pavlović and Dr. Amy Salyzyn are co-applicants on a Justice and technology research grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) for a project led by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) on the regulation of technologies designed to assist the general public with legal documents.
Dr Amy Salyzyn has received a Justice and technology research grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) for a two-year project that will examine how the public reads and understands complex court documents.
Dr. Jason Millar, a Faculty member of the Centre, has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Ethical Engineering of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Situated in the Faculty of Engineering, this unique SSHRC-funded Chair will enable Dr. Millar to further develop his interdisciplinary research bringing ethics and policy considerations to bear on the engineering of emerging robotics and AI.
As part of the upcoming uOttawa IMPACT Forum, CLTS Faculty members and eQuality leaders Prof. Jane Bailey and Dr. Valerie Steeves propose a set of recommendations to ensure that Canada’s Digital Strategy includes measures to meaningfully and comprehensively address gender-based technology-facilitated violence, and discrimination and harassment.
Faculty members Ian Kerr and Teresa Scassa have been appointed to the Government of Canada’s new Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence, joining a prestigious group of leading Canadian researchers and business executives to provide advice on how Canada can become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) advancements while ensuring that AI policy and practice reflect Canadian values.