Meaningful Human Control over Intelligent Machines

Public pre-event

 & international workshop


How to create intelligent and autonomous robots while at the same time maintaining control and moral responsibility for their behavior? An engineer, a philosopher, and a lawyer discuss over the future of robotics in society.

  • Guglielmo Tamburrini – Philosopher
  • Susanne Beck – Lawyer
  • David Abbink – Engineer

On the occasion of the international workshop on “meaningful human control over intelligent machines”, we are excited to invite you to a public pre-event, to be held September 11th in Delft.

Please register if you are interested to attend (free).

Below, you can find some information about the workshop that will take place the two following days. It is not possible to register for this event. If you want to be kept informed on the outcomes, do not hesitate to subscribe to the form you can find in the right column.

The workshop is organized by researchers of the TU Delft-based NWO-funded project Meaningful Human Control over Automated Driving Systems (Bart van Arem, Giulio Mecacci, Filippo Santoni de Sio) and by two experts in philosophical and legal aspects of autonomous systems (respectively: Guglielmo Tamburrini, University of Naples Federico II, and Daniele Amoroso, University of Cagliari). 

Outcomes of this workshop will be:

  • the creation of a world-leading interdisciplinary network of experts on the topic of meaningful human control over autonomous systems,
  • a special issue of an academic journal with meaningful human control as a topic,
  • a public report on the preliminary findings of the workshop and the agenda for future research,
  • a European level grant proposal in the study and application of meaningful human control.

The workshop is divided into four consecutive plenary panels. Three thematic panels will zoom in on the selected case studies (autonomous weapon systems, autonomous vehicles, surgical robots); each of the panels will include researchers, policy experts, and users as speakers; a converging panel will then wrap up the discussion and prepare the ground for the final deliverables. 

The event is sponsored by: