WeRobot 2020
TBD | Ottawa, ON

WeRobot Heads North!

Important Message

Dear We Robot Community,

Due to COVID-19 and these extraordinary times, We Robot will not be held in person for 2020. As our conference participants are adapting to the world’s continuing changes, We Robot is adapting too, and will be held virtually. See details below.

We would like to thank and congratulate all of our discussants and participants. We hope you will take part in our virtual activities, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

The We Robot 2020 Organizing 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 was heading north to Canada, and was to be hosted by the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. Due to COVID-19, We Robot was postponed and will now be held virtually.


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 was to involve around 200 attendees and participants.

The 2020 Virtual Edition

Due to COVID-19 and these extraordinary times, We Robot will not be held in person for 2020. As our conference participants are adapting to the world’s continuing changes, We Robot is adapting too, and the 2020 edition will be held virtually.

We have received a fantastic slate of paper and poster submissions and we remain committed to providing the authors of the submissions with the highest quality feedback, as is quintessential of We Robot conferences.

To this end, we have decided to deliver the conference asynchronously online, using pre-recorded author/discussant sessions. In the We Robot tradition, the videos, most of which will be 30 minutes long, will feature a discussant presenting, discussing and offering constructive thoughts and improvements on the author’s work, after which the author will have time to respond to the discussant’s feedback. 

Conference participants will be able to comment and exchange thoughts and ideas in the comments section of the video. Videos will be made available during a free online synchronous We Robot 2020 launch event (date to come later).

In the meantime, we invite you to discover the successful poster submissions as well as papers that will be discussed as part of the virtual edition.

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 

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