Thursday, August 2, 2018

Call for Papers for Special Issue Of Science and Engineering Ethics



Call for Papers
Special Issue of the journal Science and Engineering Ethics
Brain-Based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology
Editors: Elisabeth Hildt, Kelly Laas, Monika Sziron, Stephanie J. Bird
We are inviting papers to be included in a special issue of Science and Engineering Ethics  that seeks to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience and computer science. The topic for this special issue comes from a May 2018 workshop organized by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology, that reflected on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence (AI) and also how both can be combined in neurotechnology. Papers submitted for this special issue should explore the ethical and social implications that arise in AI and neurotechnology. Here the term “brain-based” intelligence encompasses both human and non-human animal intelligence. This special issue aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, practitioners, and scholars around these questions.
Both conference presenters and new authors are invited to submit an abstract for consideration.
Topics of contributions 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
Submissions of up to 5,000 words are invited from the fields of neuroscience, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law, political science and social science.
Please submit an abstract (or revised workshop abstract) of up to 500 words. Abstracts are due September 15, 2018 and should be sent to Elisabeth Hildt at csep@iit.edu. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified of the editors' decision by October 1, 2018 and invited to submit a full paper. They will also receive further information regarding the formal requirements of the paper.
Full papers, of up to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced and in 12 point font are due December 15, 2018.
All manuscripts will go through the journal’s double blind peer review process.

General Information can also be found on the website of Science and Engineering Ethics (see Instruction for Authors): http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/11948

Facial Recognition, Values and the Human Brain

Dr. Elisabeth Hildt, Ethics Center Director, just published a blog post entitled "Facial Recognition, Values and the Human Brain on the Neuroethics Blog. 

Check it out! 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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



Call for Abstracts:

Workshop:
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
csep@iit.edu.
We also welcome your questions or proposals for additional workshop topics at csep@iit.edu.
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 (ehildt@iit.edu), 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 sfn.org/annual-meeting/neuroscience-2018. 


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 laas@iit.edu.


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.

Location:
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.