march, 2018

14mar(mar 14)9:00 am15(mar 15)5:00 pmWorkshop on the Regulation of Artificial Intelligence


Event Details

Artificial intelligence is fundamentally changing society, business, and government. The aim of the Surrey Workshop on the Regulation of AI is to explore both the challenges posed by the emergence of AI as an economic, political and social force, as well as the ways the law might beneficially regulate its emergence. The workshop will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, encouraging innovative theoretical and technical approaches as well as concrete and practical legal and regulatory solutions. Regulating artificial intelligence is vital to public policy. Self-driving cars will soon be tested on Britain’s roads, but significant unresolved challenges exist regarding liability and accountability. Similarly, prominent reports about AI suggest they may lead to widespread technological unemployment in the UK. The European Parliament recently rejected a proposed robot tax to address this concern, while a similar tax was adopted by South Korea. Internationally, scholars are actively addressing these issues from a technological and humanities perspective. The Surrey Workshop for the Regulation of AI seeks to make contributions to these burgeoning debates.

Panels and Papers

Panel 1: Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles Panelists: Bryant Walker Smith (U South Carolina School of Law), Jeff Gurney (Thomas, Fischer, Sinclair & Edwards), Melissa Hamilton (Surrey), Josh Andresen (Surrey)

Panel 2: Impact of AI on Society and the Limits of the Law Panelists: Annabelle Gawer (Surrey), Jon Machtynger (Surrey), Ian Kerr (Ottowa)

Paper 1: Defining AI Security: An Exposé of the Ambiguous Terminology and the Problem Space David Thaw & Carrie Gardner (U Pittsburgh School of Law) Commenter: Josh Andresen (Surrey)

Paper 2: A Coasean Analysis of Patents for Inventions Created by Artificial Intelligence Mike Schuster (Oklahoma State University, Business School) Commenter: Prof. Allison Firth (Surrey)

Paper 3: Schrodinger’s Robot: Privacy in Uncertain States Ian Kerr (University of Ottowa) Commenter: Steve Bero (Surrey)

Panel 3: Computer-Generated Intellectual Property Panelists: Saleh Al-Sharieh (University of Groeningen), Mike Schuster (Oklahoma State), TBD

Panel 4: AI Implications for Privacy, Health and Wealth Panelists: Tina van der Linden Smith (Free University of Amsterdam), Payam Barnaghi (Surrey), Phil Godsiff (Surrey), Carla Bonina (?) (Surrey), Ira Lindsay (Surrey)

Paper 4: AI, Automation, and Autonomy Thomas Powers (University Delaware) Commenter: Ken Ehrenberg (Surrey)

Paper 5: Technology and Trust Bryant Walker-Smith (U South Carolina, School of Law) Commenter: Jeff Gurney (Thomas, Fischer, Sinclair & Edwards)


Chair: Prof. Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, School of Law

Deputy Chair: Dr. Alex Sarch, Reader in Legal Philosophy, School of Law

Sponsor: Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, University of Surrey School of Law

Co-Sponsors: IBM and Surrey Centre for Digial Economy (CoDE), Surrey Business School


Attendance is by invitation only. If you have questions about the conference, please contact Ryan Abbott ( or Alex Sarch ( For logistical issues, please contact our administrative assistant Jodie Weller (, who will be helping to make sure the conference runs smoothly.


14 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 15 (Thursday) 5:00 pm


University of Surrey School of Law

Frank Whittle Building (AB) Fifth Floor, Guildford, GU2 7XH

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