Kelly Laas
Kelly Laas
Librarian/Information Researcher Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
Joined OEC on 12/15/2009
Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions 3241 S. Federal Street Room 204 Chicago IL 60616 USA Phone312.567.3017
Kelly Laas is the Librarian/Information Researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During her four years at the Center, she has supervised a number of projects relating to the development of online ethics resources and collections, including the management of CSEP’s large Online Codes of Ethics collection and the development of the NanoEthicsBank , a web-based bibliographic database of materials on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Kelly has also been the librarian for two NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate programs at IIT, assisting in the development and teaching of the ethics portion of these summer programs.  She is currently working closely with the Online Ethics Center in the development of the Ethics Education Library , an online collection of scholarly literature and best practices in the area of ethics education, as well as a database of  ethics case studies available on the web. She is the librarian for the OpenSeminar for Research Ethics, a NSF-funded project that is in the midst of refining an online, community-oriented, collaborative responsible conduct of research course. Kelly received her MLS in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a member of the College and Research Libraries division of the American Library Association and the Chicago Association of Solo Librarians.
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  • PostedTuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Call for Abstracts

    Workshop – Brain-based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology

    May 10-11, 2018, Chicago, IL

    Organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology

    This workshop seeks to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience and computer science. It will reflect on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence and also how both can be combined in neurotechnology. Based on this, the workshop will explore the ethical and social implications that arise in AI and neurotechnology. We are using the term ‘brain-based’ intelligence to encompass both human and non-human animal intelligence. The workshop aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, practitioners, and scholars around these questions.

    Invited speakers:

    - Maria Gini, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
    - Mark Coeckelbergh, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
    - Mikhail Lebedev, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University

    Topics for presentations may include but are not limited to:

    • Finding a Common Language: Psychology, Neuroscience, and AI
    • Understanding Intelligence: The Physiological and the Mechanical
    • Ethics of Anthropomorphic Design and Processes in AI
    • Ethical and Social Implications of AI and Neurotechnology
    • Rights in AI and Neurotechnology: Policies, Regulations and Legislation
    • Similarities and Differences of Ethics in AI and Neuroscience
    • Science-fiction: Friend or Foe?
    • Merging of Brains and AI Technology
    • Brain-Computer Interfaces
    • Hybrid Intelligence

    Presentations from the fields of neuroscience, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law, political science, and social science are invited. Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words. Abstracts for 20-30 minute presentations are due by March 9, 2018. Please send your abstract to We also welcome your questions or proposals for additional workshop topics at

    The workshop will be held in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology downtown campus.

    For more information, please visit

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