Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Call for Abstracts: Brain-based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology

Call for Abstracts:

Brain-based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology

May 10-11, 2018, Chicago, IL
Organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology

This workshop seeks to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience
 and computer science. It will reflect on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence and also how
 both can be combined in neurotechnology. Based on this, the workshop will explore the ethical and social implications
 that arise in AI and neurotechnology. We are using the term ‘brain-based’ intelligence to encompass both human and
 non-human animal intelligence. The workshop aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, 
practitioners, and scholars around these questions.

Invited speakers:
  • Maria Gini, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Mark Coeckelbergh, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna
  • Mikhail Lebedev, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University

Topics for presentations may include but are not limited to:
  • Finding a Common Language: Psychology, Neuroscience, and AI
  • Understanding Intelligence: The Physiological and the Mechanical
  • Ethics of Anthropomorphic Design and Processes in AI
  • Ethical and Social Implications of AI and Neurotechnology
  • Rights in AI and Neurotechnology: Policies, Regulations and Legislation
  • Similarities and Differences of Ethics in AI and Neuroscience
  • Science-fiction: Friend or Foe?
  • Merging of Brains and AI Technology
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Hybrid Intelligence
We invite presentations from the fields of neuroscience, computer science, engineering, psychology,
philosophy, ethics, law, political science and social science. Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words.
Abstracts for 20-30 minute presentations are due by March 9, 2018. Please send your abstract to
We also welcome your questions or proposals for additional workshop topics at
The workshop will be held in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology downtown campus.

For more information, please visit our web site.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Apply for the Society for Neuroscience Conference William and June Pizzi Travel Award

Illinois Tech undergraduate students interested in neuroscience are invited to apply for a $1,000 travel award to attend Neuroscience 2018, the Society for Neuroscience’s 48th Annual Meeting in San Diego. The conference is the world’s largest neuroscience conference—with more than 30,000 attendees from 80 countries—for scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system.

Students will present at the conference in San Diego in November of 2018.

To apply for the travel award, please submit an abstract on the Society for Neuroscience website and send a copy to Elisabeth Hildt (, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, by May 3, 2018. Students can be part of a research team; you do not need to be the first author on the submitted abstract.

The travel award is possible by a generous gift from Illinois Tech psychology alumnus William Pizzi (Ph.D. ’72).

Learn more about the conference and submit an abstract at 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Volunteer at the Chicago Regional High School Ethics Bowl on January 20th

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the Chicago High School Ethics Bowl Regional Competition which will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the Illinois Institute of Technology's main campus. The event is co-hosted by the University of Chicago's Winning Words program and  Illinois Tech's Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions. We will have teams from  Chicago-area high schools – both public, charter, and private - competing, and it should be a day of lively discussion and debate!

During an ethics bowl, teams are presented with ethical dilemmas which they have had the opportunity to study and analyze and are asked questions about the cases. They are then judged on the quality of their analysis of each situation. The event is competitive but not adversarial: teams can agree but for different reasons. The format allows for teams to respond to each other, and to respond to questions from the judges; the goal is to raise students’ ethical awareness and sensitivity, encourage collaborative thinking and promote civil discourse.

The day will start at 8:30 am with a judges' and moderators' orientation and run until around 3:30 pm.

We welcome individuals of any background to join us as either moderators or judges, all you need is an interest in ethics and in hearing some of the best and brightest student in Chicago discuss some of the central ethical issues of our day.

If you are interested in participating or have questions. please email Kelly Laas at

All the best and looking for another successful Ethics Bowl Season!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ethics and Responsible Conduct in the Real World

Come join us for an Alumni panel discussion featuring industry professionals in biomedical engineering, computer science, law, and business focusing on ethical questions and situations panelists have faced in their daily work. The panel will include Dr. Adarsh Arora, Chief Executive Officer, Reputada, Inc. and Coleman Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Illinois Tech School of Applied Technology,  Joshua James (BME ‘11), J.D.,  Associate of Brinks, Gilson & Lione (Intellectual Property Law Firm),  Hajra Sattar (BME ‘16) Research and Development User Testing at Opternative, and Cecilie Tassone (BME ‘14),  Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PraxiCut.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 12:45-1:45 p.m.
131 Perlstein Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology

Funding for this event was made possible by a Fall 2017 Faculty Innovation Grant for the project, “Bottom-Up Ethics: Real World Training for Professional Practice.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Interview with our Predoctoral Research Fellow Monika Sziron

Please check out a fantastic interview with our Predoctoral Research Fellow Monika Sziron that appears in the most recent version of Lewis College's Department of Humanities newsletter.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity: Call for Proposals

Dear Colleges,

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is holding its annual conference in March of 2018, and are inviting Chicago-area educators to take part in a workshop that brings together peers working on integrating ethics into STEM education for a  day-long event that is meant to help participants further develop course modules, case studies, and other ethics-related curricula. Preference is given for subject matter in the life and social sciences, but anyone working in a STEM field is welcome to submit. Please see the information below, and I hope you will think about joining us!

Kelly Laas

Please join us at Teaching Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity: an APPE 2018 pre-conference workshop.  Priority consideration date to submit a resource to be considered for funding is Friday, November 10.  Full details, including how to register and submit a resources, are posted at: 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ethics Center Featured in Fall 2017 Edition of IIT Magazine

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions just got a rather good write-up in the Fall 2017 edition of IIT Magazine. You can check it out at

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this article!
 Moral Compass