Incorporating Ethical Considerations in Autonomous & Intelligent Systems (A/IS)

11 June 2018 13:30 till 17:30 - Location: Campus The Hague

Policy & Industry Requirements in the Algorithmic Age

Autonomous & Intelligent Systems (A/IS) are rapidly spreading beyond transportation, into health, social care, manufacturing, enterprise productivity and advanced cyber-defense, to name a few application areas. They hold great promise to benefit society as well as business, but they also bring forth social, legal and ethical challenges, which include issues of major systemic risk, diminishing trust, privacy challenges and issues of data transparency, ownership and agency. This event will:

  • Promote awareness of ethical considerations around A/IS technologies.
  • Showcase the importance to and value of industry engagement in the development of standards
  • Illustrate how voluntary standards can have relevance to industry, citizens, and the policy community, and be leverage for the public good

Join us at this interactive discussion to learn more about key trends and industry and policy drivers in these areas!


  • Irakli Beridze, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
  • Virginia Dignum, Delft Design for Values Institute / Associate Professor of Engineering Systems & Services at Delft University of Technology


  • Jean-Luc Dormoy, Member, IEEE EPPC Working Group on ICT
  • Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director Delft Design for Values Institute
  • Jason Jercinovic, Global Head of Marketing Innovation, Havas
  • Ansgar Koene, Chair of IEEE P7003 – Algorithmic Bias Working Group, University of Notthingham, UK
  • Zoltan Szlavik, Lead at IBM Benelux Center for Advanced Studies


1: Empowering the Digital Citizen and the Digital Society Through Trust-Enabling Solutions

In this interactive panel discussion, panelists will address the topic from multiple angles – technology, data governance, policy – and discuss the role that standards and related consensus solutions play. They will also address how citizens, businesses, and governments can leverage these outputs to achieve their respective objectives as they identify trust-enabling solutions for the global community, which will contribute to growth of the technology ecosystem that has potential to bring benefit to society.

Data is a new currency in this age of connectivity and autonomous and intelligent systems, where we are already seeing implementations in transportation, health and social care, as well as enterprise productivity. In order to bring the promised benefits to society, issues of data transparency, ownership and agency need to be addressed by various ecosystem participants, including through trust-enabling methods and practices that ensure trust in these technologies and thus facilitate implementation and uptake.

2: AI, Autonomous Systems and Standardization: An Industry Perspective

In this interactive session, thought leaders from standardization circles and industry will discuss and debate the role of standards in A/IS and explore how to establish concrete means to create practical guidance for AI/AS designers and developers and other institutional participants. They will also address how industry can benefit from having best practices for deployment, scalability and trustworthiness among others through standardization as businesses implement A/IS and customers make use of these technologies.

A/IS capabilities are still expanding, as they play a role in reinventing businesses, streamlining production, or even transforming skillsets of the next generation of workers to give them a competitive edge. Yet as more organizations adopt A/IS technologies and recruit specialists equipped with the right expertise, security and standardization are critical to drive more innovation across industries.

As much of A/IS development and advancements will occur in industry it is important that developers creating increasingly powerful and impactful systems work in the construct of best practices and standards to not only help ensure interoperability, but also to address safety, performance, bias and even privacy—especially if data is to begin to fulfil the transformative potential that it offers.

A/IS are expected to play a central role in technology development and use, therefore the need for standardization of these technologies. Standards are vital to the modern world. In the present case, standards would formalize ethical principles into actionable elements of a system, and these standards could also be used to establish or evaluate levels of compliance with those principles. In addition to functional rules and interoperability, ethics would therefore also underpin such standards, creating a market differentiator.