2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

Minding the Gap: Equity and Justice in AI and Neurotech

Thursday, November 4, 2021
3:00p EDT / 19:00 UTC

Ethical scrutiny of AI-driven neurotechnologies has often focused on potential risks to individuals rather than on societal implications or justice issues. Lack of attention to diversity and equity while developing and implementing these devices can lead to limitations in how they work for people in different social contexts — or for people of different racial, cultural, linguistic, or disability backgrounds. This panel will engage questions regarding diversity and inclusion, privacy and surveillance, in the development and implementation of artificial intelligence for neurotechnologies.


  • Alena Buyx, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
  • Ricardo Chavarriga, Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (Switzerland)
  • Oiwi Parker Jones, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary (Canada)
  • Moderator: Nicole Martinez-Martin, Stanford University (United States)


  • Discussion among panelists (40 minutes)
  • Questions from attendees (20 minutes)
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Transcript (PDF)


  • How research literature and media cover the role and image of disabled people in relation to artificial intelligence and neuro-research. Rochelle Deloria, Aspen Lillywhite, Valentina Villamil, Gregor Wolbring. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 29 (5):169-181 (2019).
  • Auditing the Impact of Neuro-Advancements on Health Equity. Gregor Wolbring. Journal of Neurology Research. Published online August 19, 2021.


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Alena Buyx

Technical University of Munich

Alena Buyx is Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies and Director of the Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine at Technical University of Munich. She has previously held appointments at the University of Kiel and Münster; Harvard University, and University College London; and she was Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London. She has been a member of the German Ethics Council since 2016 and chair since 2020. In 2020, she was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as a member of the Philosophy of Science Section.

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Ricardo Chavarriga

Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe

Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and  the Head of the CLAIRE Office Switzerland. CLAIRE is the largest European network on Artificial Intelligence (AI), comprising more than 400 research groups and 3’000 individual supporters. He is the chair of the IEEE Industry Connection group on standards for brain-machine interfacing and co-chairs the IEEE Working group on Recommended Practices for Organizational Governance for AI.

Dr. Chavarriaga has more than 15 years of experience in computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence and brain-machine interfacing. Highly interested on the translation of emerging technologies onto applications at service of society, Dr. Chavarriaga is actively involved in outreach activities for decision-makers, innovators and the general public on topics related to governance and responsible development of emerging technologies.

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Oiwi Parker Jones

Hugh Price Fellow in Computer Science
Jesus College, University of Oxford

Dr. Oiwi Parker Jones is a Hugh Price Fellow in Computer Science at Jesus College, Oxford, with affiliations to the departments Engineering and Clinical Neurosciences. His driving ambition is to create a practical neural speech prosthetic for paralysed patients. Dr. Parker Jones also develops speech and language technology for Hawaiian, his ʻōlelo makuahine, and was a founding member of the Indigenous AI working group.

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Gregor Wolbring

Professor, Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

Dr. Gregor Wolbring is a tenured full Professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, Program in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. He is presently also a member of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe, Germany and a fellow of the Institute for Science, Policy and Society, University of Ottawa, Canada. Learn more about his research on his personal website.


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Nicole Martinez-Martin

Stanford University