Plenary Speech

Topic: On Ethical Considerations Related to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Raja Chatila


  Ethical, legal and societal (so-called ELS) issues raised by the development of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have recently gained in interest and importance with the emergence of new application cases such as personal robotics, assistance for elderly persons, autonomous cars or autonomous weapons. These ELS questions cover a wide range of subjects such as employment, privacy and personal data, surveillance, affective interaction and expression of emotions, human dignity, autonomous decision-making, robot moral responsibility and legal accountability, imitation of humans, the status of the robot in society, or the status of the augmented human by means of robotics devices. The research and design process itself is at stake: how to develop systems with an ethical and responsible methodology? Is it possible to achieve systems that include human values in their own operation and autonomous decision-making?
  These questions sometimes raise classical subjects in ethical philosophy and law by transposing them to machines, but they also pose new problems on which reflection must mobilize interdisciplinary global communities such as within The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems in order to understand the different scientific, technical, and social facets and issues address them.

Prof. Raja Chatila

Directors of research at the CNRS
(French National Center for Scientific Research)

Director of ISIR
(Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics)
University Pierre et Marie Curie


  Raja Chatila, IEEE Fellow, is Director of Research at the French National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. He is also Director of the Laboratory of Excellence “SMART” on human-machine interaction. He was director of LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse France, in 2007-2010.

  His research covers several aspects of Robotics in robot navigation and SLAM, motion planning and control, cognitive and control architectures, human-robot interaction, and robot learning. He works on robotics projects in the areas of service, field, aerial and space robotics. He is author of over 140 international publications on these topics.

Current projects:
Roboergosum on robot self-awareness
Spencer on human-robot interaction in populated environments.

He is President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the term 2014-2015 .
He is member of the CERNA, The Ethics Committee on Research in Information Science and Technology of the Allistene Alliance, which published a report on the Ethics of Research in Robotics in November 2014 (in French).

IEEE Pioneer Award in Robotics and Automation Honorary Doctor of Örebro University (Sweden).