1st. International Workshop on Responsible Autonomous and Adaptable Systems (RAAS)

Autonomous adaptive systems increasingly function as part of our society and interact with humans in many contexts. The development and use of these systems raises fundamental ethical, legal, and societal concerns, which are of vital importance to our future. Issues of safety, fairness, explainability, and accountability must be addressed at the different stages of design and development taking into account different contexts of application and a wide range of capabilities. These issues are not only of a philosophical and legal nature, but must be addressed from the perspective of computational architectures, software development, and formal verification and validation, including the development of methods and tools, consultation and training activities, and governance and regulatory efforts.

The workshop on Responsible Autonomous and Adaptable Systems (RAAS) will bring together researchers from amongst others autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, robotics, ethics, philosophy, robotics, psychology, regulatory governance studies to discuss and work on the complex challenges concerning the design and regulation of autonomous and adaptable systems as these become part of our daily life. In particular, RAAS are developed for societal benefit, using verifiable and accountable processes, and which impact is governed by fair and inclusive mechanisms and institutions.

Submissions addressing the following topics are particularly relevant for the workshop:

  • Computational methods for understanding, developing, and evaluating ethical agency
  • Ethically informed design methodologies for autonomous adaptable systems
  • Formalisms (logics, algebras, argumentation, case-based reasoning etc.) for representing and reasoning about ethics, legal constraints and social norms
  • Engineering techniques for autonomous systems to incorporate ethical principles and social norms
  • Verification and validation of ethical behaviour
  • Explainable behaviour solutions
  • Human-in-the-loop approaches for ethical and societal principles
  • Normative multi-agent systems, including organisations, norms, institutions, and socio-cognitive technical systems
  • Social simulation approaches for evaluation of autonomous adaptable systems and socio-technical systems
  • Applications of RAAS

Important dates:

Workshop call for papers online January 11, 2019
Workshop submission deadline April 19, 2019
Acceptance notification May 17, 2019
Workshops dates (tentative) June 16 or 17, 2019

Submission guidelines:

Submissions can have up to 10 pages formatted according to the standard IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide.

Submission page via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=raas19 .

Organizing committee:

  • Virginia Dignum, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College, UK
  • Marija Slavkovic, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Harko Verhagen, Stockholm University, Sweden

Program commitee:

  • Andrea Aler Tubella
  • Alexander Artikis
  • Jan Broersen
  • Ada Diaconescu
  • Frank Dignum
  • Amineh Ghorbani
  • Peter Lewis
  • Maite Lopez-Sanchez
  • Stephen Marsh
  • Pablo Noriega
  • Julian Padget
  • Simon T. Powers
  • Jeremy Rose
  • Andreas Theodorou