Building in the Good

Creating positive ICT futures

About the Conference

As the Prime Minister, Theresa May, commented at the Davos World Economic Forum in January 2018, “Harnessing the power of technology is not just in all our interests – but fundamental to the advance of humanity.” However, she added “Technological progress raises new and profound challenges which we need to address. For example, many fear that because of technology they and their children will lose out on the jobs of the future.

The increasingly pervasive nature of information and communications technologies (ICT) in all aspects of our lives raises many exciting possibilities and numerous concerns. Responsible Research and Innovation aims to maximise the benefits of technology whilst minimising the risks.

The ORBIT team is partnering with Microsoft Research to organize a conference to promote Responsible Research and Innovation principles that aim to create a positive ethical  and socially desirable future in ICT. The conference will bring together stakeholders involved in ICT research and innovation to explore how the advantages of ICT can be harnessed, while disadvantages can be identified and addressed. The conference will discuss how ICT may be used to create positive futures and promote the public good. Through this conference, ORBIT is hoping to stimulate dialogue and exchange of ideas among prominent scientists, researchers and practitioners.

The conference will host talks by key speakers from both the academy and industry followed by a panel and a poster presentation. Confirmed agreed speakers include Lord Clement-Jones, member of the House of Lords and chair of the Artificial Intelligence Select Committee. ORBIT is now inviting contributions on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Desirable futures and the role of ICT
  • Embedding RRI in computer science education
  • Theory, practice and implementation of RRI in ICT development
  • RRI and industry
  • Reflecting on outcomes of research
  • Public engagement in ICT

The conference is co-organised by ORBIT and Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

ORBIT is the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. It promotes acceptable and socially desirable research in ICT.

The ORBIT project has been tasked by the EPSRC to embed RRI in the UK. With this in mind, ORBIT offers a range of services aimed at helping researchers to harness their creativity and create outcomes that are aligned with the interests of society.

Note: a limited number of bursaries are available. Please email Margherita at [email protected] for more details.

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ORBIT is now inviting contributions on topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Desirable futures and the role of ICT
  • Embedding RRI in computer science education
  • Theory, practice and implementation of RRI in ICT development
  • RRI and industry
  • Reflecting on outcomes of research
  • Public engagement in ICT

The submission deadline is July, 31st, 2018.

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and acceptance will be based on content and topic. The review panel will be led by Professors Bernd Stahl and Marina Jirotka. The submissions might represent original empirical research, theoretical development or reviews. Authors whose abstract is accepted are expected to present a poster of their research. Posters should be large enough to be read from a comfortable distance. The recommended size for the poster is A0 or A1 and the text size should be at least 18-24 point in order to be readable from 1.5 to 2 meters away. The posters should provide clear information on the research being carried and where possible use pictures, tables and graphs rather than text.

To submit an abstract, please fill the fields below in this page. After submitting, authors will receive an email confirming the receipt of their submission with details on when to expect a notification regarding acceptance. If you have trouble submitting the abstract or have any questions about the submission process please contact [email protected]

Authors of accepted abstracts are also invited to publish a full paper of their research in the ORBIT journal. The deadline for this submission is September, 30 2018. For details on how to submit a full paper to the ORBIT journal, please refer to the guidelines on the journal’s webpage.

Note: presenting authors are responsible for registration fees and travel costs. A limited number of bursaries are available. Please email Margherita at [email protected] for more details

4th of September 2018.

Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK.

ORBIT (Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation) invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at its conference in September 2018 co-organized with Microsoft Research. The theme will be ‘Building in the Good – Creating positive ICT futures’. This is an opportunity to promote Responsible Research and Innovation principles and to create a positive, ethical and socially desirable future in ICT.

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