Call: Workshop on Ethics in the Design of Intelligent Agents (EDIA 2016)

To be held in conjunction with ECAI 2016, 29th to 30th of August 2016, The Hague, The Netherlands


The development of intelligent agents is experiencing a fruitful period of incredible progress and innovation. Nowadays, intelligent agents decide, act and interact in shared and dynamic environments under domain constraints, where they may interact with other agents and human beings to share tasks or execute tasks on behalf of others. Search engines, self-driving cars, electronic markets, smart homes, military technology, software for big data analysis, and care robots are just a few examples. As the scope of intelligent agents’ activities broadens, it is important to ensure that such socio-technical systems will not make irrelevant, counter-productive, or even dangerous decisions. Even if regulation and control mechanisms are designed to ensure sound and consistent behaviors at the agent, multi-agent, and human-agent level, ethical issues are likely to remain quite complex, implicating a wide variety of human values, moral questions, and ethical principles. To address these concerns, design approaches should envision and account for important human values, such as safety, privacy, accountability and sustainability, and designers will have to make value trade-offs and plan for moral conflicts.

This workshop focuses on two main questions: (1) what kind of formal organizations, norms, policy models, and logical frameworks can be proposed to deal with the control of agents’ autonomous behaviors in a moral way?; and (2) what does it mean to be responsible designers of intelligent agents?


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to: machine ethics, roboethics, machines and human dignity reasoning mechanisms, legal reasoning, ethical engine authority sharing, responsibility, delegating decision making to machines organizations, institutions, normative systems computational justice, social models trust and reputation models mutual intelligibility, explanations, accountability consistency, conflicts management, validation philosophy, sociology, law applications, use cases societal concerns, responsible innovation, privacy Issues individual ethics, collective ethics, ethics of personalization value sensitive design, human values, value theory

The workshop welcomes contributions from researchers in Artificial Intelligence, Multi-Agent Systems, Machine Learning, Case-based reasoning, Value-based argumentations, AI and Law, Ontologies, Human Computer Interaction, Ethics, Philosophy, and related fields.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers on any of the topics of the workshop. Papers (6 pages) must be written in English, and contain original contributions that have not been published previously, nor already submitted to other conferences or journals in parallel with this workshop. Each submission is reviewed by at least three experts in this field.


Paper submission: June 12, 2016
Paper notification: June 28, 2016
Camera ready: July 15, 2016
Workshop dates: August 29-30, 2016


Grégory Bonnet (Normandy University, France)
Maaike Harbers (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Koen V. Hindriks (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Michael A. Katell (University of Washington, USA)
Catherine Tessier (Onera, France)


Huib Aldewereld, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Mark Alfano, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Peter Asaro, The New School, USA
Olivier Boissier, Mines Saint-Etienne, France
Tibor Bosse, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gauvain Bourgne, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Joanna Bryson, University of Bath, UK
Pompeu Casanovas, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Nigel Crook, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Michaël Dewyn, Ghent University, Belgium
Sjur Dyrkolbotn, Durham Univ. and Utrecht Univ., UK and The Netherlands
Isabel Fereira, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Pim Haselager, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Marilena Kyriakidou, Coventry University, UK
Bertram Malle, Brown University, USA
Pablo Noriega, Intitut d’Investigació en Intelligència Artificial Barcelona, Spain
Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, UK
Thomas Powers, Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy, USA
Lambèr Royakkers, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Giovanni Sartor, European University of Florence, Italy
Aimee van Wynsberghe, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Pieter Vermaas, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


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