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We Robot 2018

We Robot is the annual gathering of academics, policy makers, roboticists, economists, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and lawyers who care about robots and the future of robot law and policy. The 2018 Conference will be held at Stanford Law School.


Friday, April 13
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residence
Time Event
8:00 am Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am Welcome Remarks
8:45 am Confinement Companions: Can AI Address The Solitary Confinement Crisis?
Author: Francis X. Shen, University of Minnesota Law School; Harvard Law School and the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital; MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience
: Kim Pate, Senate of Canada
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Privatized Enforcement and Physical Harms: How the Internet of Things Empowers Companies and Creates New Risks for Consumers
Author: Rebecca Crootof, Yale Law School
: Sonia K. Katyal, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
11:15 am Lightning Round
Remedies for Robots
Author: Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
RoboTruckers: The Double Threat of AI for Low-Wage Work
Author(s): Karen Levy, Cornell University
Privacy Under the Hood: International and Domestic Data Protection Frameworks for Autonomous Vehicles
Authors: Chelsey Colbert, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Anonymous Robot Speech
Author(s): Madeline Lamo, University of Washington School of Law | Ryan Calo, University of Washington School of Law
Discussants: F. Daniel Siciliano, Stanford Law School | Sue Glueck, Microsoft
12:15 pm Poster Sessions
12:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Displaced Workers: Case Studies in the Disruptive Potential of AI and Robotics
Author: Madeleine Elish, Data & Society
The [Shapeless] Shape of Automation: Moments of Constructing Factory Robots in East Asia
Author: Ling-Fei Lin, Nanyang Technological University / Harvard University
2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm Should Robots Pay Taxes? Tax Policy in the Age of Automation
Author: Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey & UCLA | Bret Bogenschneider, University of Surrey
: Robert J Kovacev, Steptoe
4:15 pm Break
4:45 pm Explaining Autonomy: Risk Communications & Robotics
Author: Aaron Mannes, ISHPI Information Technologies
: Laurel Riek, U.C. San Diego
5:45 pm Special Demos
5:45 pm Adjourn



Saturday, April 14
The Stanford Faculty Club
Time Event
8:00 am Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am Integrating Autonomous Systems into Smart Cities: Regulating Urban Robots Through Law, Urban Form, and System Design
Authors: Jesse Woo, Independent Researcher | Jan Whittington, University of Washington | Ronald Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robots in the Public Square: Privacy, Design and the Nature of Public Space
Author: Kristen Thomasen, University of Windsor
: Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University
9:30 am Demo Breakouts (Session 1)
10:00 am Demo Breakouts (Session 2)
10:30 am Is Tricking A Robot Hacking?
Authors: Ryan Calo | Ivan Evtimov | Earlence Fernandes | David O’Hair | Tadayoshi Kohno, University of Washington
: Ashkan Soltani, Former CTO of the Federal Trade Commission
11:30 am Demo Breakouts (Session 3)
12:00 pm Demo Breakouts (Session 4)
12:30 pm Lunch / Demos
1:15 pm When AIs Outperform Doctors: The dangers of a tort-induced over-reliance on machine learning and what (not) to do about it
Authors: Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law | Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa | Joëlle Pineau, McGill University
: David M. Studdert, Stanford Law School
2:15 pm Break
2:45 pm Revenge Against Robots
Author: Christina Mulligan, Brooklyn Law School
Discussant: Kate Darling, MIT Media Lab
3:45 pm Break
4:15 pm Everything is Obvious
Author: Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey and UCLA
Discussant: Lisa Ouellette, Stanford Law School
5:15 pm Adjourn



Optional Thursday Session, April 12*
The Stanford Faculty Club
Time Event
10:30 am Registration / Check-in
11:00 am Workshop 1
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Workshop 2
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Discussion / Workshop 3
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Breakout Sessions
5:00 pm Adjourn

*subject to change