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Implications of Robotics for Public Policy

May 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prof Clinton Andrews (Center for Urban Policy Research, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, USA) will present “Implications of Robotics for Public Policy” at 6pm (UTC+1) / 1pm EDT on 15 May ’24. Click here to convert to your local time.

IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter and SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT are cooperating with a number of IEEE OUs to organise this SSIT Lecture as a joint Webinar on 15 May ‘24


IEEE and SSIT Members as well as non-IEEE Members are invited to Register and participate.

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Guest Lecture Focus

Innovations in robotics are now present in many aspects of human endeavour, from robotic vacuum cleaners to autonomous battlefield drone swarms. Alongside the intended effects of these innovations are some emerging, unintended adverse consequences. Legal and political processes exist in part to prevent and mitigate such harms. This presentation offers a systematic analysis of the emerging routes by which applications of embodied artificial intelligence—robotics—elicit public policy responses. It develops a typology that classifies robotics applications according to how they interact with individual humans, large-scale human populations, and specific physical settings; and whether the robots operate alone, in swarms, or in integrated cyberenvironments. Each case interacts with public policymaking processes in different ways, spanning tort liability law, regulatory codes and standards, and policies for assessing and managing risk. Clear roles emerge for voluntary standards, international collaboration among governance bodies, professionals cross-trained in robotics and public policy, and institutions that effectively anticipate emerging problems.

Speaker Bio

Clinton J. Andrews directs the Center for Urban Policy Research and is a professor and the associate dean for research at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, USA. He was educated at Brown University and MIT in engineering and planning, and he worked previously in the private sector and at Princeton University. He performs research on how people use the built environment. His work addresses climate change mitigation and adaptation, and how technological changes affect urban life. His books include Humble Analysis: The Practice of Joint Fact-finding, Regulating Regional Power Systems, and Industrial Ecology and Global Change. He is a past president of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.


May 15
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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