Peter Asaro is Assistant Professor at the School of Media Studies of The New School, a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He is also co-founder and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of NGOs. His research focuses on the ethical, legal and policy implications of robotic systems. He is currently working on a book that examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to the design and use of consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, autonomous vehicles, UAV drones, and military robots. He received his PhD in philosophy and master of computer science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ann Bartow is a Professor at Pace Law School and the past Chair and a current member of the American Association of Law Schools Executive Committee of the Defamation and Privacy Section. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). She teaches Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Survey of Intellectual Property Law, Art Law and Torts. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between intellectual property laws and public policy concerns, privacy and technology law, and feminist legal theory.
Christopher T. Bavitz is Managing Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is also a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS, where he co-teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar and teaches the seminar, Music & Digital Media. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and media law, particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology. He oversees many of the Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, and advising of startups, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters.
Tamara Bonaci is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering. She is a member of the UW BioRobotics and the UW Tech Policy Labs. She received her B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and her M.Sc from the University of Washington. Tamara’s research lies at the intersection of security and privacy, neural engineering, robotics, and control/dynamical systems theory. Her current research focuses on security and privacy issues of brain-computer interfaces and teleoperated robots.
Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Law and an assistant professor (by courtesy) at the Information School. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School, and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Calo’s research on law and emerging technology appears or is forthcoming in leading law reviews and technical publications, and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media.
Anupam Chander is Director of the California International Law Center and Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he has been a visiting law professor at Yale, Chicago, Stanford, and Cornell. His book, The Electronic Silk Road (Yale University Press 2013), has been highly reviewed. He has published widely in the nation’s leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the NYU Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the California Law Review. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He also serves on the executive committee of the American Society of International Law. He is the recipient of multiple Google Research Awards and a Mellon Sawyer grant on the topic of surveillance.
Dr. Kate Darling is a Research Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project, as well as an Affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She survived law school and holds a Doctorate of Sciences in Law & Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Her primarily interest is in how technology intersects with society. Kate’s scholarly work has covered economic issues in intellectual property systems and more recently has focussed on the near-term effects of robotic technology, with a particular interest in social and ethical issues. She runs experimental studies, hold workshops, writes, and lectures on some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-robot interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the coming decades.
Michael Froomkin is the Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in Privacy Law, Internet Law, and Administrative Law. He is the founder and sometime Chair of the We Robot conference that alternates annually between Miami and the West Coast. He is on the Advisory Boards of several organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prof. Froomkin is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, and a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Yale Law School Information Society Project.
Ken Goldberg is an artist and UC Berkeley professor. He and his students investigate robotics, automation, art, and social media. Goldberg directs the Automation Sciences Research Lab, co-directs the Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics, and is Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Goldberg earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1984) and MS and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (1990). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 where he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with secondary appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the African Robotics Network (AFRON), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series.
Woodrow Hartzog is an Associate Professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Prof. Hartzog is an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He also serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum. He is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of privacy, media, and robotics law. Prof. Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review and popular national publications such as Wired, Bloomberg, New Scientist, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He is also a contributor to Forbes and a frequent guest contributor to LinkedIn, Concurring Opinions, and other popular blogs.
Before joining the faculty at Cumberland School of Law, Prof. Hartzog worked as a trademark attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and as an associate attorney at Burr & Forman LLP in Birmingham, Alabama. He also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., and was a Roy H. Park Fellow, at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cindy Jacobs is the Director of Business Projects for UW School of Medicine, where she focuses on clinical and educational project management and documents, including negotiating faculty service agreements with robotic device vendors. Telemedicine issues also represent a large portion of her work. She has a clinical background as an RN and ARNP, and her legal experience has encompassed medical malpractice defense, risk management, clinical services contracting, and other clinically-related issues. She teaches FDA law and a telemedicine tutorial at UW School of Law. Cindy obtained her BSN from Marymount University, her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification from Georgetown University, and her JD from UCLA.
Margot Kaminski is an Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. She researches and writes on law and technology. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. Professor Kaminski’s research and policy work focuses on media freedom, online civil liberties, international intellectual property law, legal issues raised by AI and robotics, and surveillance. She has written on law and technology for the popular press, and appeared on NPR’s On the Media and other radio shows and podcasts. From 2011 to 2014, Professor Kaminski served as the executive director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, an intellectual center addressing the implications of new information technologies for law and society. She remains an affiliated fellow of the Yale ISP.
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. She is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is Director of Industry & Startup Relations at Robohub.org, the global site for news and views on robotics. Andra graduated as an ABC film, television and radio technician in 1986 and obtained a BA in Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia, in 1998. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, building on a background as a robot geek, STEM educator and film-maker.
Karen Levy is a postdoc at NYU School of Law’s Information Law Institute, and a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute. She researches how law and technology interact to regulate social life, with particular focus on social aspects of surveillance and data collection. Karen holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Colin Lewis is a behavioral economist and data scientist, who studies the impact of behavior, economics and culture on the future by exploring the interactions between technology and society.
Dr. Meg Leta Jones is an assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology department where she researches and teaches in the area of technology law and policy. Her research interests cover a wide range of technology policy issues including comparative censorship and privacy law, engineering design and ethics, legal history of technology, robotics law and policy, and the governance of emerging technologies. Prof. Jones received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Engineering & Applied Science, (Technology, Media & Society).
Garry Mathiason, Esq., is a senior partner with Littler Mendelson, the largest global law firm exclusively devoted to labor and employment law. He originated and co-chairs Littler’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation Practice Group, providing legal advice and representation to the robotics industry, as well as employers deploying this technology in the workplace. His robotics and AI practice includes workplace safety standards, privacy requirements, robot collaboration and human displacement, anti-discrimination law, and legislative and regulatory developments. He is widely recognized as a futurist and one of the leading authorities on employment law trends in the United States. He routinely advises Fortune 1000 employers regarding workplace law compliance, class action litigation, employee skill requirements, and retraining programs.
Mr. Mathiason has been named one of the top 100 most influential attorneys in the nation by the National Law Journal and has received the highest rankings from Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, and The Best Lawyers in America. In 2013, he was among ten attorneys recognized in Human Resource Executive’s inaugural Hall of Fame as one of the nation’s most powerful employment attorneys. He has argued cases before the U.S. and California Supreme Courts. Mr. Mathiason is a founder of NAVEX Global, the ethics and compliance experts, which provides superior legal compliance solutions through an array of GRC products and services.
Jason Millar worked as an engineer before returning to pursue philosophy studies full time. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Philosophy department at Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada). His interests lie at the intersection of ethics, technology and society. Currently, Jason is researching issues in design theory and design ethics related to semi-autonomous technologies (e.g. driverless cars, implantable medical devices, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other robotics technologies). He is developing models that can help designers and engineers analyze semi-autonomous technology to anticipate and avoid integration problems due to what he calls “socially awkward technology”.
David G. Post is currently a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative,, as well as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology and an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. Until his retirement in Fall 2014, he was the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he taught intellectual property law and the law of cyberspace; he also has taught at the law schools at Georgetown and George Mason University. Post is the author of In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford), a Jeffersonian view of Internet law and policy, and (co)-author of Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West), and has published numerous scholarly articles on intellectual property law, the law of cyberspace, and complexity theory, including the most-frequently-cited law review article published in the last 75 years in the field of intellectual property, Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace. His writings and additional information can be found online at http://www.davidpost.com.
Laurel D. Riek is the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and Fellow at Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. Her research interests include robotics, social signal processing, health informatics, and roboethics. She focuses on designing autonomous robots able to sense, respond, and adapt to human behavior. Her work also tackles real-world problems in healthcare, by creating novel sensing and robotics technology to improve patient safety. Riek has received the NSF CAREER Award, a Qualcomm Research Scholar Award, several best paper awards, and five recognition awards during her eight-year tenure as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer / Roboticist at MITRE. She was recently named as one of ASEE’s 20 Faculty under 40. Riek serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, as well as numerous conference program committees. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and her B.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University.
Evan Selinger is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Head of Research Communications, Community & Ethics at the Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, Creativity (MAGIC) Center at Rochester Institute of Technology. Much of his research focuses on ethical dimensions of science and technology, with a growing emphasis on privacy. Deeply committed to public philosophy, Evan routinely supplements his scholarly publications with contributions to magazines, newspapers, and blogs, e.g., Christian Science Monitor, Wired, The Atlantic, Slate, etc. During 2015-2016, he will spend a sabbatical year as a Senior Fellow at The Future of Privacy Forum. More information can be found at http://eselinger.org.
Drew Simshaw is an information security law and policy analyst at Indiana University, where he has served with the Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information (CLEAR) and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR). His work focuses on the complex security and privacy issues associated with emerging technologies, including the areas of robotics, health information, cloud computing, big data, and data security within the legal profession. A proud AmeriCorps alum, he earned his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal and served as postdoctoral fellow in information security law and policy under the direction of Distinguished Professor Fred H. Cate. This summer, he will join the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation as a clinical teaching fellow in communication and technology law.
Kristen Thomasen is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Technology, Law and Society. Her research looks at is the regulation of domestic drones under the supervision of Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology. Kristen holds a J.D. from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. in International Relations from Carleton University and a B.A. in Physical Anthropology from McMaster University. Prior to her doctoral studies Kristen served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada. She also clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary, Alberta and articled with Alberta Justice in the Crown Prosecution Service and Civil Law Branch. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. Her research passions include the regulation and design of robotic technologies and our evolving understanding and protection of privacy.