Surrey Workshop on the Regulation of AI

14th–15th March 2018

Co-hosted by the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy

And the Surrey Centre of Digital Economy

Sponsored by IBM

Law School Moot Room
Frank Whittle Building, 5th Floor (42 AB 05)
University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom


The Surrey Workshop on the Regulation of AI will be held on March 14-15 at the Law School on the university's main campus in Guildford, UK, which is roughly 30 km southwest of central London. (The Law School is located on the 5th floor of the Frank Whittle Building.)

Due to limited space, registration is required for attendance. To register, please contact the conference organizers at the email addresses below (if you have not already received confirmation of your attendance).

The campus is a short walk or taxi ride from the Guildford train station, which itself is just a 30 minute ride via the express train from Waterloo station in central London. Guildford has reasonably good train or bus connections to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. More information on getting to campus can be found here:

We have reserved a block of rooms for conference participants in the Holiday Inn Guildford at a rate of £105 per night. To access this rate, just mention our block code (E6T). The Holiday Inn is a 15 minute walk or so from the campus. If you prefer to stay in the (very quaint) town of Guildford, you might consider hotels located near the "high street" (York Road) where the bulk of the town's restaurants and shops are located. For example, I can recommend either the Mandolay Hotel and the Guildford Harbour Hotel (though these may be a bit pricier).

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.

Thanks for your participation, and we look forward to welcoming you to Guildford in March!

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, 14th of March
09:15–9:45 Registration/Breakfast
9:45–10:00 Opening Remarks by FASS Executive Dean Graham Miller
10:00-11:00 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)
11:00–11:15 Coffee Break
11:15–12:15 Panel 2: Impact of AI on Society and the Limits of the Law Panelists: Ian Kerr (Ottowa), Thomas Powers (Delaware), Annabelle Gawer (Surrey), Jon Machtynger (IBM/Surrey)
12:15–12:45 Lunch
12:45–14:15 Paper 1: Defining AI Security: An Exposé of the Ambiguous Terminology and the Problem Space Prof. David Thaw (U Pittsburgh School of Law) Commenter: Josh Andresen (Surrey)
14:15–14:30 Break
14:30–16:00 Paper 2: A Coasean Analysis of Patents for Inventions Created by Artificial Intelligence Prof. Mike Schuster (Oklahoma State University, Business School) Commenter: Prof. Allison Firth (Surrey)
16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15–17:45 Paper 3: Schrodinger’s Robot: Privacy in Uncertain States Prof. Ian Kerr (University of Ottowa) Commenter: Steve Bero (Surrey)
17:45–18:30 Cocktails at Lakeside Foyer
18:30 Dinner at Lakeside Restaurant
Thursday, 15th of March
10:00-11:00 Panel 3: Computer-Generated Intellectual Property Panelists: Saleh Al-Sharieh (University of Groningen), Mike Schuster (Oklahoma State), Alesch Staehelin (IBM)
11:00–11:15 Coffee Break
11:15–12:15 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), Ira Lindsay (Surrey)
12:15–13:00 Lunch
13:00–14:30 Paper 4: AI, Automation, and Autonomy Prof. Thomas Powers (University Delaware) Commenter: Ken Ehrenberg (Surrey)
14:30–14:45 Coffee Break
14:45–16:15 Paper 5: Technology and Trust Prof. Bryant Walker-Smith (U South Carolina, School of Law) Commenter: Jeff Gurney (Thomas, Fischer, Sinclair & Edwards)
16:15–16:45 Departure