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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

  • Joseph R. Herkert, North Carolina State University, shared an update
    PostedMonday, November 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Call for Poster Presentations
    Workshop on Engaged Scholarship for Ethics
    and Responsible Innovation in STEM Fields


    March 14 – 15, 2018
    Genetic Engineering & Society Center
    James B. Hunt, Jr. Library
    North Carolina State University
    Raleigh, North Carolina


    Workshop Purpose:  To s

    hare methods, outcomes, and experiences with engaged scholarship for ethics and responsible innovation in STEM fields.

    Engaged Scholarship, by which the activities of academe meet the needs of external communities and vice versa (Van de Ven 2007).  It can be used in experiential learn

    ing that can serve as a bridge in linking students with real-world contexts for the issues and problems they are studying. Peterson (2009) describes


     its usefulness as “providi

    ng a well-rounded education for students, a widening of the university’s knowledge base, and an empowering investment in community change” and argues that there is a needed shift in higher education in this direction “in order to produce socially responsible students who are able to engage with the critical problems of our times.”

    Workshop Format The 1.5 day workshop will include keynote presentations, student and community panels, interactive breakout sessions, and poster presentations.

    Posters are welcome on ethics and responsible innovation courses, research projects and activities in STEM fields that incorporate engaged schol

    arship, such as:

    • collaborative, community-engaged research and learning involving STEM students;
    • teaching social science research skills such as focus-group facilitation to STEM students;
    • teaching civic-engagement theory and practice to STEM students.

    The workshop is free, but attendance is limited. Support of up to $500 is available to offset travel and lodging expenses for selected participants. 

    To Apply
    Submit a 500-750 abstract o

    f your poster presentation and an NSF-style 2-page biosketch via Google Form. If travel support is requested, please include estimated airfare.

    Deadline for receipt of Abstracts: December 8, 2017.
    Notification of Acceptance: December 22, 2017.

    For More Information:
    Visit the workshop website at or email project Co-PI Joe Herkert,

    Workshop supported by the National Science Foundation CCE STEM Program (Award No. 1540244) and the Genetic Engineering & Society Center, North Carolina State University.

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  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Annual Conference

    PostedFriday, October 20, 2017 AT 9:58 AM

    The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics announces the 27th Annual APPE International Conference Thursday March 1 - Sunday March 4, 2018 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton. The conference program features multiple tracks.

    APPE was founded in 1991 to encourage high-quality, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in practical and professional ethics. Members and conference participants enjoy connecting and networking with people in their own fields and related fields who share an interest in applied ethics. The Annual Conference helps Association members and nonmembers from all disciplines stay up-to-date on scholarship, pedagogy, and professional strategies in applied ethics.

    Click here for Submission Guidelines

    The submission deadline for all categories is October 27, 2017

    Programming and special events provide great opportunities for professional development. 

    For ...

  • Rachelle HollanderSenior Advisor of the Center for Engineering Ethics and SocietyNational Academy of Engineering
    Call for Vignettes: Ethics, Data, and International Research Collaboration

    PostedFriday, October 20, 2017 AT 9:22 AM

    The International Research Collaborations Working Group (I-Group) of the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) is hosting “Data Matters: Ethics, Data and International Research Collaboration in a Changing World”, to be held March 14-16, 2018 in Washington, DC. The I-Group is seeking input from the community in the form of case studies, research vignettes, or illustrative examples that will aid in identifying ethical issues in the collection, sharing, curation, access, and use of data in any of a variety of research and data collection contexts.
  • IEEE TechEthics Conference on AI - Oct 13, 2017

    PostedTuesday, September 19, 2017 AT 5:36 PM

    The National Academy of Engineering's Center for Engineering Ethics, and Society is collaborating with IEEE to hold the inaugural IEEE TechEthics Conference on October 13, 2017. The conference features luminaries in technology, philosophy, ethics, and policy development. This highly interactive event will feature keynotes by Rodney Brooks and Danielle Bassett, multimedia showings by Heather Knight, and panels on:

    • The Social, Personal and Ecnomic Impacts of AI
    • Planes, Trains and Automobiles…and Ships and More: How Autonomous Transportation Systems are Impacting Society
    • Will Neuroscience Research Lead to Conscious AI?
    • Influencing the Next Generation of Engineers via Ethics Education

    Be part of the conversation! Join us as we explore the ethical and societal implications of technology.

    Register Today at

  • ORI offers RCR Instructor Workshop

    PostedThursday, August 17, 2017 AT 2:25 PM

    RCR Instructional Workshop

    Do you teach the responsible conduct of research?

    If the answer is "Yes," there's a special workshop designed especially for you.

    The Office of Research Integrity and the University of California San Diego are co-sponsoring a two-day, train-the-trainer workshop on September 12-13, 2017, in San Diego, California.  The workshop will address the many facets of RCR instruction, including assessment, engaging students, educational resources, and teaching strategies.

    EARLY BIRD RATE:  $500

    AFTER AUGUST 10:  $600

    Register Now at

    La Jolla Shores Hotel   
    8110 Camino Del Oro
    San Diego, California 92037
    United States  
    (855) 923-8058


    Comments from past participants

    “I was prepared to be impressed, but I was seriously impressed.”

    “I have been running RCR programs in my own silo for ...

  • 4th Annual Meeting of the Network on Social Sustainability June 8-10, 2016

    PostedTuesday, May 31, 2016 AT 9:27 AM

    The National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering Ethics and Society invites you to attend or participate virtually in the Fourth Annual Integrated Network on Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference from June 8th to June 10th, 2016. The INSS seeks to create connections and ongoing collaborations between individuals and groups to foster activities to promote social sustainability.

    The 2016 conference theme is "Communities and Connections." The keynote speaker is Dr. Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. The conference will be held at eight sites, including Washington, DC and online. The DC site will host sessions on June 9th and 10th, featuring a panel discussion on "Transportation and the Future of Communities" and a roundtable on "Social Sustainability and Baltimore's Future."

    The DC site agenda is available online and the event will be held at the ...

  • In Memoriam: Dr. Vivian Weil

    PostedMonday, May 23, 2016 AT 9:42 AM

    Vivian Weil, professor of ethics and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology, passed away on May 7, 2016. She was a member of the IIT faculty for 44 years and a founding member and director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions from 1987-2014. She was an influential advisor to the NAE Center for Engineering Ethics and Society and the Online Ethics Center.  She made foundational contributions to scholarship and education about research and engineering ethics.

     As noted in the memorial notice, May 10, IIT, “she will be greatly missed by her colleagues, and her legacy will continue through the countless younger colleagues and students she mentored and the activities of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions.”  The notice can be found at

    Weil received her A.B. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and her ...

  • Call for Papers and Posters: Integrity of Creation Conference - Duquesne University

    PostedThursday, April 21, 2016 AT 7:13 AM

    Submission Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016.
    Conference Dates: Wednesday, September 28 - Friday, September 30, 2016.
    Registration: The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit to register.
    Questions: For more information, contact Glory Smith at or (412) 396-4504.

    The second annual conference in this scholarly series on the Integrity of Creation will focus on Protecting our Common Home, reflecting Pope Francis’ appeal to all people to meet “the urgent challenge to protect our common home” (Laudato Si’, number 13). Various scientific contributions & religious perspectives will consider a wide range of topics, such as the planetary common good, ecological interdependence, the future of the earth and navigating the Anthropocene (referring to human activity as making a significant impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems).

    In addition to our plenary speakers, we invite ...

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