Ethics and Human Rights in Smart Information Systems, 19.08.2019

Forum of the IEEE Smart World conference


Smart information Systems (SIS), the application of artificial intelligence, in particular machine learning via deep neural networks based on big data analytics, hold large promises and raise significant concerns. They form the backbone of visions of a smart world, powering smart technologies, driving smart cities and transforming our lives.

At the same time these technologies raise a number of concerns with regards to their ethical consequences and their implications for human rights. There are numerous initiatives that aim to find ways to identify and address these. These are driven by industry, research or policy. What is currently missing in this debate is an integration of empirical insights into these issues, their theoretically sound evaluation and the translation of such knowledge into practical outcomes

This Forum forms part of the IEEE Smart World Congress (, 19.-23.08.2019, Leicester, UK). It will bring together a multidisciplinary community of scholars to address many of the facets of research required to understand and engage with these developments.

Call for Papers

The forum aims to contribute to the current high-level discussion of ethical and human rights issues of smart information systems. A key combining feature of contributions will be empirical insight, linked with high quality conceptual analysis bridging the gap to practical outcomes, regulations and other interventions.

Topics to be covered included, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies and examples of ethical and human rights issues of smart information systems
  • Legal and human rights analysis of these technologies
  • Analysis of particular issues raised by these technologies (e.g. bias, data protection, unemployment)
  • Scenarios of future and likely / possible technologies and their implications
  • Regulatory options
  • Policy and other interventions
  • Codes of conduct, codes of ethics
  • Standardisation


It is expected that up to two keynote speakers will be invited, ideally linked to EC policy in this field.

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: 06 May 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 May 2019
  • Camera ready paper: 25th May.


Submissions are limited to 6 pages for a special session paper in the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Format ( Papers are to be submitted in pdf format.

Please submit at:


The Forum could be supported by relevant projects, notably the three EU projects engaged in ethics and human rights of AI: SIENNA, SHERPA and PANELFIT. The UK Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT (ORBIT) also contributes as a co-organiser.

General Chairs

Prof. B. Stahl, Coordinator of SHERPA

Prof. P. Brey, Coordinator of SIENNA

Prof. C. Romeo Casabona, General Coordinator of PANELFIT

Prof I. de Miguel Beriain, Deputy Coordinator PANELFIT

Prof. M. Jirotka, Investigator of ORBIT


Programme committee: selected members of the consortia of the organising projects:

In association with:

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