Innov-AI-tion Law for Technology 4.0 – An Interdisciplinary Conference

The European and global society is gradually transitioning into the fourth industrial revolution, marked by an exponential technological advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as works of art created by AI systems, algorithmic decision-making and autonomous vehicles. The profound transformation of our society creates a pressing need for a clear legal framework that the EU is currently seeking to develop within Digital Single Market, notably through the adoption of the recent EP Resolution on Civil Law Rules on Robotics.

The conference will be composed of three panels, tackling respectively the questions of private law, IP and privacy (please see below the conference programme). The concept of the conference is rather unique, as each topic will be covered by two presenters having different backgrounds (one from law and another from technology).

The conference undertakes to respond to the quest for establishment of a regulatory framework by putting to debate questions still unsolved that touch upon several fields of law:

(i) Private law: What types of regulation should govern AI liability, and which actors should be involved in these regulatory approaches?

(ii) IP law: Who should hold copyright over works of art created by AI agents and can AI-generated inventions be patented? How does the IP and data interface work in the context of AI?

(iii) Privacy law: How to protect privacy and ensure accountability for decisions taken by autonomous AI agents affecting humans (e.g. automated tax decisions)?


08.30-09.00     Coffee & Registration

09.00-10.30    Panel I (chair: Catalina Goanta)

Joint presentation 1: Explanation of algorithmic decision making: GDPR and technical feasibility

Legal perspectives (Maja Brkan, Maastricht University) and technical perspectives (Grégory Bonnet, Uni Caen France)

Joint presentation 2: Algorithmic accountability: GDPR and technical feasibility

Legal perspectives (Giovanni Commandè, Institute of Law, Politics and Development, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy) and technical perspectives (Salvatore Ruggieri, Dipartimento di Informatica Università di Pisa)

10:30-11:00    Coffee break

11.00-12.30    Panel II (chair: Maja Brkan)

Joint presentation 1: IP Protection for AI creations

Legal perspectives (Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex) and technical/artistic perspectives (Monique Grimord, Interactive Designer and Artist)

Joint presentation 2: Ownership and access to data in the context of AI

Legal perspectives (Ana Ramalho, Maastricht University) and computer science perspectives (Jerry Spanakis, Maastricht University)

12.30-13.00     Keynote speech (tbc)

13.00-14.00     Lunch

14.00-16.00    Panel III (chair: Ana Ramalho)

Joint presentation 1: Legalware: towards intelligent legal systems

Legal perspectives (Caroline Calomme, Connected Car Services) and technical perspectives (Valentin Calomme, Mediaan)

Joint presentation 2: Liability issues arising out of gathering data with intelligent games

Legal perspectives (Catalina Goanta, Maastricht University), and AI perspectives (Rico Möckel, Maastricht University)

16.00-16.30     Concluding remarks: Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University)

16.30-17.30     Networking cocktail

Register HERE.