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Man-Machine & Values

Date: Time: 12:00 Location: Cinecitta, Tilburg

Tilburg University’s Impact team organizes a seminar on November 14, 2019 titled ‘Man-Machine & Values’. The seminar addresses the impact of autonomous, self-learning technology such as robots and applications of artificial intelligence. The central issue is about value alignment, i.e. how human values can be embedded in human-technology interaction and how the social sciences and humanities can contribute to this.

Prof. Raja Chatila, Professor and Director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (UPMC) and Director of the Laboratory of Excellence “SMART” will deliver the keynote speech on human-machine interaction.

Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Distinguished University Professor, chair for Dutch and European Constitutional Law at Tilburg University and former Minister of Justice, will comment on the keynote speech.

During the seminar, two rounds of parallel sessions will be held, moderated by researchers from Tilburg University. The aim is to discuss the implications of the new technologies with societal stakeholders and other researchers in fields such as health, law, employment, education, communication, famine, European values et cetera. The results of the seminar will serve to set an impact-driven research and innovation agenda, based on co-creation and collaboration.

The seminar departs from the overall question: How can we build the most social and trusted robot in the world, where ‘robot’ comprises all forms of artificial intelligence and autonomous technology.


12.00 - 12.45

Welcome and Lunch

12.45 - 13.00

Welcome address
Prof.dr. Koen Becking, president of Tilburg University
Prof. Ton Wilthagen (Tilburg University Impact Program) – introduction of ‘Trustee’

13.00 - 13.45

Keynote Prof. Raja Chatila

13.45 - 14.00

Comments by Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin

14.00 - 15.00

Workshops Round 1

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee and Tea Break

15.30 - 16.30

Workshop Round 2

16.30 - 17.15

Wrapping up and setting the research and impact agenda

17.15 - 18.15

Drinks and networking

See the description of the workshops below.

Register here

Please make sure to register in order to attend the seminar. In the registration form, you can indicate your workshop of preference. We kindly request you to register for a workshop in both workshop rounds.

We would like to remind you that in the case you already pre-registered, it is still necessary to register for the workshops. We would also like to point out that the number of places is limited and that the registrations are processed in order of submission.

Practical Information

Location: Cinecitta, Willem II Straat 29, 5038 BA Tilburg
Cinecitta is located on walking distance of the railway station (Centraal Station) of Tilburg.

Nearby parking;
Parkeergarage Knegtel, Gasthuisring 60, 5041 DT Tilburg
Parkeergarage Pieter Vreedeplein, Telegraafstraat 20, 5038 BM Tilburg

Description Workshops Round 1

Automated Decision-Making: Transparency by Design
Technology, Work & Labour Relations
Trustee’s Values: Europe’s Moral Landscape Explained
Can Chatbots Improve Our Well-Being?

Description Workshops Round 2

Criminal Liability in Case of Autonomous Decision-Making
The Zero Hunger Lab: Man-Machine Interaction for SDG-2
Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Education
Show Me Your Phone And I'll Tell You Who You Are