We Robot 2012

Date(s) of Conference:

April 21-22, 2012


Coral Gables, Florida


Robotics seems increasingly likely to become a transformative technology. This conference will build on existing scholarship exploring the role of robotics to examine how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues.

Call for Papers:

Topics of interest for the scholarly paper portion of the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Effect of robotics on the workplace, e.g. small businesses, hospitals, and other contexts where robots and humans work side-by-side.
  • Regulatory and licensing issues raised by robots in the home, the office, in public spaces (e.g. roads), and in specialized environments such as hospitals.
  • Design of legal rules that will strike the right balance between encouraging innovation and safety, particularly in the context of autonomous robots.
  • Issues of legal or moral responsibility, e.g. relating to autonomous robots or robots capable of exhibiting emergent behavior.
  • Issues relating to robotic prosthetics (e.g. access equity issues, liability for actions activated by conscious or unconscious mental commands).
  • Relevant differences between virtual and physical robots.
  • Relevant differences between nanobots and larger robots.
  • Usage of robots in public safety and military contexts.
  • Privacy issues relating to data collection by robots, either built for that purpose or incidental to other tasks.
  • Intellectual property challenges relating to robotics as a nascent industry, to works or inventions created by robots, or otherwise peculiar to robotics.
  • Issues arising from legal automation such as unauthorized practice of law or medicine.

We request a proposal to robots@law.miami.edu by Jan. 12, 2012 consisting of:

  • An up to three-page synopsis of the paper or presentation, and
  • The author’s or authors’ c.v.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated by Feb. 6, 2012.

Expressions of interest to serve as a discussant should include a c.v. and are also due by Jan 12, 2012.

Full text of accepted papers will be due by April 2, 2012.

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