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8th ILIAS Distinguished Lecture: Programming Machine Ethics


8th ILIAS Distinguished Lecture

On 14  September, Luis Moniz Pereira, Professor of Computer Science (retired) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, gave an ILIAS Distinguished Lecture about « Programming Machine Ethics » on Belval Campus. Professors, PostDoc researchers, and PhD candidates from Computer Science and other faculties and departments participated in this event with an exciting interest and penetrative fruitful discussions.

As Mady Delvaux-Stehres, Luxembourgian member of the European Parliament, confirmed in her Distinguished talk in March 2017, Prof Moniz Pereira emphasised that the field of Machine Ethics is becoming more and more a pressing concern as it has been receiving wide attention for its growing theoretical and practical importance. "We stand at the crossroad of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Ethics and their impact on society”, he said.

Recently, Prof Moniz Pereira co-authored a monograph titled "Programming Machine Ethics," where he explored inroads into the terra incognita of Machine Ethics by employing Logic Programming and Evolutionary Game Theory as well as considered both the cognitive realm of the individual and the realm of population morality. The given Distinguished talk of Luis Moniz Pereira thus overviewed this book's background on ethics, scientific and philosophical motivation, theoretical and experimental results, and ongoing research. Even more, he discussed the roles and impacts of Machine Ethics for society. Other aspects were: in what regards moral philosophy, what about jurisprudence and regulations, and what are current achievements in the design of moral autonomous agents, the teaching and learning of morality, as well as the potential of ethically safe software.

The Distinguished Lecture Series will be continued on 7 November (15h00) by a talk of Prof Joanne Bryson, Princeton University and University of Bath: AI Ethics: Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Society (for more information, see: http://ilias.uni.lu).You are heavily invited to join!

Biography

Luís Moniz Pereira, born in Lisbon in 1947, is a Professor of Computer Science (retired) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and founder and director of CENTRIA (1993-2008), the Centre for Artificial Intelligence at the same University. He was elected a Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) in 2001, received a doctor honoris causa degree from the TU Dresden in 2006 and has been part of the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Board of IMDEA, the Madrid Advanced Studies Software Institute, since 2006. He is the founding president of the Portuguese Artificial Intelligence Association (APPIA), and serves on the editorial boards of various scientific journals. His research, which he has presented in hundreds of publications, focuses on knowledge representation and reasoning, logic programming, and the cognitive sciences. Currently, he is affiliated with the NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics (NOVALINCS).

More detailed information, including his awards, teaching and publications, can be found at http://centria.di.fct.unl.pt/~lmp/