2014 International Neuroethics Society ANNUAL MEETING

November 13 & 14, Washington, DC

THURSDAY, November 13 – AAAS, 12th & H Streets, N.W.

5 – 6:30 p.m. Public Program          Robots in Society                       (This event is open to the public)

Advances in knowledge about human cognition and emotion are increasingly being applied to the design and function of robots in sectors from manufacturing to health care.  These advances raise questions about shared decision making between humans and robots, liability for mishaps, as well as broader ethical and social issues. This session will focus on two areas where robots are expected to have a significant presence for years to come—military conflict and healthcare.  Some of the issues to be explored include:  To what extent will robots be able to take the place of soldiers in ground warfare?  Can robots perform equally or more ethically in combat than human soldiers?  In a caregiving situation, can robots develop “feelings” towards those they assist?  Does it matter?  Can robots be taught “right from wrong”?  How far can science take us in ensuring that robots are safe and capable of making “wise” choices?  What responsibilities do scientists and engineers have to build into robot systems the capacity for such choices?

Ronald Arkin, Regents' Professor, School of Interactive Computing & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, Georgia Tech University  






Topic:  Lethal Robots in Warfare:  Creating an Artificial Conscience 




Goldie Nejat, Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society & Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory, University of Toronto   Topic:  Socially Assistive Robots in Health Care

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.     Reception

7:30     Working Group Dinners


FRIDAY, November 14 – AAAS, 12th & H Streets, N.W.

7:45 – 8:25      Continental Breakfast     (Note – No food is allowed in the auditorium)

8:25 – 8:30      Welcome – Barbara Sahakian, INS President and Alan Leshner, AAAS 

8:30 – 9:00      Chaka Fattah, U.S. House of Representatives 

9:00 –10:00     The BRAIN Initiative & the Human Brain Project:  An Ethical Focus                            

            Barbara Sahakian, INS – Moderator 

            Stephen L. Hauser, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 

            Walter Koroshetz, Acting Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke 

            Henry Markram, Human Brain Project 

10:00–10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:00  The Future of Neuroscience Research & Ethical Implications

            Alan Leshner, AAAS - Moderator

            George Koob, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism 

           Tom Insel, National Institute of Mental Health 

           John Williams, Wellcome Trust 

           Geoff Ling, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 

12:00 – 1:30 Boxed Lunch - Open Business Meeting, Updates & FYIs, Working Group Reports

1:30 – 3:00   Neuroscience in the Courts – International Case Studies. VIEW DETAILS HERE

            Lisa Claydon, University of Manchester – Moderator 

            Nita Farahany, Duke University 

            Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa 

            Paul Catley, Open University UK 

            Katy deKogel, Dutch Ministry of Justice 

            Calvin Ho, National University of Singapore 

3:00 – 3:30  Break

3:30 – 5:00  Neuroscience and Human Rights VIEW DETAILS HERE

            Stephen Marks, Harvard School of Public Health - Moderator & Discussant 

            Mariana Chilton, Drexel University

            Judy Illes, University of British Columbia, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics

            S. Matthew Liao, New York University 

5:00 – 5:45      Abstract Oral Presenters (5 presenters, 5 minute presentations, Q & A)

5:45 – 7:00      Poster Session and Reception

 (Posters will be put up between 7:00 and 8 a.m. and will remain throughout the day.)