WeRobot 2020
TBD | Ottawa, ON

WeRobot Heads North!

Important Message | Update: March 27, 2020

Dear We Robot Community,

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 global outbreak. There is very little certainty about when the global response to the coronavirus pandemic will shift back to allowing people to be in the same room as one another, let alone permitting international travel. As a result, at this point we cannot confirm when We Robot will take place, or what form it will take.

We plan on updating our community on June 1, at which point we expect to have more clarity on plans for our events.

The We Robot Program Committee


WeRobot is the premiere international conference on law and policy relating to Robotics. The conference began at Miami Law in 2012, and it returns to Miami roughly every second year, generally alternating between east and west coasts. Recent successful bids for the conference include Yale and Stanford University.

On April 2-4, 2020, the east coast edition will head north to Canada, and will be hosted by the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa.


Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are transformative technologies and our goal is to anticipate and plan for that transformation. WeRobot speakers include an interdisciplinary mix of scholars, policy-makers, regulators, and entrepreneurs who discuss the latest issues relating to robots and AI in the home, in hospitals, in public places and battlespaces. In each of these domains robots and AI disrupt existing legal regimes or require a rethinking of difficult policy issues.

WeRobot attendees include lawyers, policy makers, engineers, social scientists, philosophers, roboticists, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot and AI theory, design, or development. They meet for exciting interdisciplinary conversations and debates that feature designers, developers, and those who deploy robots and AI, as well as the people who are influencing the legal and social structures in which they operate. WeRobot 2020 will involve around 200 attendees and participants. 

Past Conferences


Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, and Dr. Jason Millar


For general inquiries, please contact: werobot@uottawa.ca

For press inquiries and media credentialing, please contact: Isabelle Mailloux Pulkinghorn, Manager, Media Relations, uOttawa at imaillou@uottawa.ca 

About We Robot 2020


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