Ethical Considerations: A Key to Technological Advancement

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Live Broadcast: Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -5)

From research to product development to deployment to, eventually, reclamation, the technology development lifecycle is a complex landscape. While much attention is paid to the science, business and application aspects of the process, ethical and societal impacts are also key. Join us as members of the IEEE TechEthics Ad Hoc Committee and other experts discuss why ethics conversations are a critical component of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

- Dominik Boesl | Chair, IEEE TechEthics Ad Hoc Committee
- Louise De Tremerie | Focal Point Science-Policy Interface, UN MGCY
- Ryan Jenkins | Assistant Professor, Cal Poly
- Mark A. Vasquez | IEEE TechEthics Program Manager (moderator)

About the Speakers:
- Dominik Boesl serves as Chair of the IEEE TechEthics Ad Hoc Committee. He has been responsible for Innovation and Technology Management at KUKA since he first joined KUKA Laboratories as Head of Corporate Strategy and Member of the Board in 2011. In 2012, he became Corporate Innovation Manager at KUKA AG, directly reporting to the Management Board. Since January 2017 he acts as Vice President Consumer Driven Robotics and Senior Corporate Innovation Manager. His responsibility for innovation and evangelism efforts spans the entire KUKA group. In addition to his career, Dominik has constantly been lecturing at different universities and is an author of technical and scientific publications. At Munich Technical University School of Education, he is researching “Technology & Robotic Governance“: the ethical, moral, socio-cultural, -political and -economic implications of technologies such as robotics, automation and artificial intelligence on humankind.

- Louise De Tremerie is a Focal Point for the Science-Policy Interface Platform (urban sustainability) of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth (UN MGCY). She is currently pursuing a PhD degree at the University of Leeds (UK, Institute of Transport Studies & Choice Modelling Centre). She obtained an MSc degree in Economics from the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2013 and achieved a complementary MSc degree in Sustainability studies at the University of Leeds (UK) in 2014. Her research focusses on decision-making in freight transport in the context of a modal shift towards more sustainable modes. Key interests are choice modelling, freight transport and mixed methods. In addition, she participated in the urban sustainability track at the first “UNLEASH” edition in Denmark, which is an innovation lab bringing together 1000 young individuals to co-create solutions to reach the SDG agenda.

- Ryan Jenkins is an assistant professor of philosophy and a senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He studies the ethics of emerging technologies, especially automation, cyber war, autonomous weapons, and driverless cars. His work has appeared in journals such as Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and the Journal of Military Ethics, as well as public fora including the Washington Post, Slate and Forbes.

- Mark A. Vasquez (moderator) is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 25 years of experience in association management at IEEE. He currently serves as the program manager for IEEE TechEthics (, a program that has been launched to drive conversations about the ethical and societal impacts of technology. In this capacity, he works to develop relationships with others in the technology ethics community, produces events, convenes thought leaders, and more. Mark is an engineering graduate of The Cooper Union.

Part of the IEEE TechEthics Conversations Series

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