Our invited talks and meetings:

19 August 2016
Patrick Lin will be speaking on the ethics of connected and autonomous systems, such as Internet of Things, at the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) in Uppsala, Sweden, sponsored by the Swedish Defence Research Agency, IEEE, and others.

19 July 2016
We are organizing the half-day session on ethics and autonomous driving at Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco, sponsored by the National Academies' Transportation Research Board and AUVSI.

31 March 2016
Patrick Lin will be speaking on an "AI, Automation, and the Good Life" panel in San Francisco, at the American Philosophical Association's annual Pacific Division meeting.

2 March 2016
Patrick Lin will be speaking on cyberwarfare ethics at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley.

1 March 2016
Patrick Lin will be organizing and participating on a panel on robot cars and AI at RSA Conference in San Francisco.

1 February 2016
Ryan Jenkins will be speaking on the ethics of surveillance at White Hat Security club at Cal Poly.

10 January 2016
Patrick Lin will be speaking on autonomous vehicles and ethics on the first day of the National Academies' Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington DC.

7-8 January 2016
Patrick Lin will be participating in a workshop on automation policy, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC.

9 December 2015
Patrick Lin will give a talk on autonomous vehicles to the Future of Privacy Forum, located in Washington, DC.

7 December 2015
Patrick Lin and Ryan Jenkins will give a talk on ethics and autonomous systems to Apple at their headquarters in Cupertino, California.

11 November 2015
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
We are participating in a side-event panel at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on the drivers for the weaponization of increasingly autonomous technologies, at UN Geneva.

9-10 November 2015
We are co-organizing and participating in a two-day expert meeting at UNIDIR on AI, cyber, and autonomous weapons, at the United Nations in Geneva.

9 October 2015
We are co-organizing and participating in a UNIDIR side-event on cyber and autonomous weapons at the United Nations' First Committee meetings in NYC. More info here.

7 October 2015
We are participating in MIT's Solve conference, on the subject of self-driving cars.

14-15 September 2015
We are co-organizing a follow-up workshop, "Autonomous Vehicles and Ethics", at Stanford University. More info here.

5 June 2015
We are co-organizing a workshop, "Toward Programming Ethics in Automated Vehicles", at Stanford University. More info and registration here.

13-17 April 2015
Patrick Lin will participate in the United Nations' Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) meeting of experts in Geneva, Switzerland. As part of the UNIDIR delegation, he will speak about the ethics of lethal autonomous weapons systems. Transcript here.

17-18 November 2014
Patrick Lin will participate in a series of expert meetings on autonomous military systems and their implication for security and disarmament, convened by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

11 November 2014
Patrick Lin will give a talk on the philosophy and ethics of autonomous military weapons, including robotics and cyberweapons, sponsored by Stanford's Computer Science Department.

21-22 May 2014
We are hosting an invitational-only workshop on cyberwarfare and ethics/international humanitarian law at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

19-20 May 2014
Patrick Lin will participate in a series of expert meetings on autonomous military systems and their implication for security and disarmament, convened by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

13 May 2014
Patrick Lin will give a talk on ethics and emerging technologies to the Google legal team at their headquarters in Mountain View, California.

29 April 2014
Patrick Lin will give a talk on robot-car ethics at Tesla Motors' headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

28 April 2014
Patrick Lin will give a talk on robot-car ethics at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, California.

27 March 2014
Patrick Lin will participate in the "The Road to Automated Vehicles and the Aging Population" workshop at Stanford Univerity, organized by the Stanford Center for Longevity annd Center for Automotive Research and Stanford (CARS).

19-21 March 2014
Patrick Lin will participate in a series of expert meetings on autonomous military systems and their implication for security and disarmament, convened by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva, Switzerland.

6 March 2014
Patrick Lin will participate in the "Cities on the Move" workshop, on the future of urban mobility, organized by New Cities Foundation and hosted at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California.

27 February 2014
Patrick Lin will give a public talk on robot-car ethics at the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley.

21 February 2014
Patrick Lin will give an ethics talk in Monterey, California, at the "Villa Ladenburg" project workshop on autonomous driving, sponsored by Daimler and Benz Foundation.

3 February 2014
Patrick Lin will give a panel talk on robot-car ethics, hosted by Stanford's Mechanical Engineering Department.

12 December 2013
Patrick Lin will give a talk on robot-car ethics at the workshop "Proceedings in Automated Driving", hosted by Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) at Stanford's School of Engineering.

6 December 2013
Patrick Lin will participate in a workshop hosted by National Institutes of Health and US Department of Defense on human performance optimization, held in Bethesda, Maryland.

14 November 2013
Patrick Lin will participate in a debate with DARPA director Dan Kaufman on the ethics of military artificial intelligence (AI) and drones, sponsored by Stanford's Computer Science Department.

7 November 2013
Patrick Lin will give a presentation "Ethics of Autonomous Cars" for the industry affiliates of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS), held at Stanford's School of Engineering.

15-19 July 2013
Patrick Lin will participate in a five-day workshop organized by the Transportation Research Board on "Challenges and Opportunities of Road Vehicle Automation", held at Stanford Law School.

11 July 2013
Patrick Lin will participate in the annual meeting of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society on privacy, surveillance, and other emerging issues in a digital world.

27 March 2013
Patrick Lin will participate in the two-day NeXTech wargames on future military technologies, sponsored by the US Office of Secretary of Defense (Rapid Reaction Technology Office) and the US Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland.

22 January 2013
Patrick Lin will talk about military human enhancements and the laws of war at Stanford's Center for Law and the Biosciences workshop series.

15 November 2012
Patrick Lin will participate in the two-day NeXTech wargames on future military technologies, sponsored by the US Office of Secretary of Defense (Rapid Reaction Technology Office) and the US Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California.

30 July 2012
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk "Cyber-Conflict: Issues in Ethics and Policy" at the Chautauqua Council (New York), sponsored by ASU's Lincoln Center.

24 July 2012
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk about a panel "Drones and Robotic Warfare", hosted by Ian Masters at UCLA's Hammer Museum. Click here for more information.

14 June 2012
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk about the ethics of military human enhancements at the Technology and Ethics of War workshop at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Australia.

13 June 2012
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk about robot ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Australia.

9 November 2011
Patrick Lin will brief the US intelligence community on ethical and policy surprises related to robots, at a Technology Focus Day sponsored by In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture-capital arm.

31 August 2011
Patrick Lin will brief a National Research Council/DARPA committee on ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of emerging military technolgies, at the National Academies' Beckman Center at UC Irvine. Click here for more information.

7 July 2011
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Military Human Enhancements: On the Frontlines of Science and Society", at the Brocher Foundation's Summer Academy near Geneva, Switzerland. Click here for more information.

1 July 2011
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Informational Warfare: Exposing the Fuzzy Logic in International Law", at the first UNESCO-sponsored workshop on informational warfare at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). Click here for more information.

28 May 2011
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Soldier 2.0: How Engineering a Better Warfighter Disrupts Society", at the Society for Philosophy and Technology's annual conference at the University of North Texas. Click here for coverage on Wired.com.

26 April 2011
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter?: From Science to Ethics", at the Ethics in Nanoscience Workshop at the University of Delaware.

22 April 2011
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Philosophical Collaboration: A Case Study in Technology Ethics (or: How to Herd Cats)", at the American Philosophical Association's Pacific Division meeting in San Diego.

14 March 2011
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Military Blowback: Ethics, Emerging Technologies, and Society", at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

19 November 2010
George Bekey will deliver a talk, on military robots, at the Naval Postgraduate School's Distinguished Lecture Series. Click here for coverage of the talk.

17 November 2010
George Bekey will deliver a talk, on the increasing trend of ethics in STEM fields, at the 5th Annual Fall Ethics Symposium at Cosumnes River College. Click here for the conference program.

18 June 2010
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Robot Guardians: Ethical and Legal Issues in a Mechanized World", at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy 2010 conference at San Jose State University. Click here for the conference site.

13 June 2010
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Military 2.0: Ethical Issues in Human Enhancement and Robotics", at the Humanity+ Summit at Harvard University. Click here for the conference site.

27 May 2010
Patrick Lin will be a panelist at the local TEDx event in San Luis Obispo (TEDxChumash, "People 3.0: Leadership Beyond Barriers"). Click here for the event site.

12 May 2010
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Accelerating Evolution: Ethics of Human Enhancement Technologies", at Cal Poly's Science Café. Click here for the event site.

22 April 2010
Patrick Lin will deliver a talk, "Enhanced Warfighers: Ethical and Social Implications", about issues related to human enhancement at the US Naval Academy's annual ethics conference. Click here for the conference site.

9 April 2010
Keith Abney will talk about about "death panels" and Hurricane Katrina: the ethics of triage and rationing healthcare, as part of Allan Hancock College's Ethics Seminar. Click here for the flyer.

14 August 2009
Dr. Patrick Lin will debate the merits of gene patenting as part of the Leadership San Luis Obispo (SLO) program, affiliated with the SLO Chamber of Commerce.

10 March 2009
Professor emeritus Dr. George Bekey, founder of USC's robotics lab and co-author of our recent report on military robots and their ethical issues, will present some of our findings at Cal Poly's Research Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series.

26 January 2008
Patrick Lin and Keith Abney will participate in the Technology in Wartime conference at Stanford Law School.


* Not all talks and meetings appear on this page, e.g., informal or classroom talks and earlier work.



Briefing and Lecture Requests

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Patrick Lin, Ph.D., Director
palin [at] calpoly.edu

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