Parallel Session 1 - At the interface of AI, Neuroscience and Policy

Saturday, 28 March, 2020 - 10:30 - 12:00
Opera (17th floor)

We are witnessing a great merger between academia and industry in the fields surrounding AI, Machine Learning and Neuroscience, including in technologies to interface our brains with electronics. What used to be the stuff of science fiction will soon be, sometimes already is, today's reality. These new technologies will transform our world, but also pose a number of risks to individuals, organizations and societies. This session brings together 4 experts of these emerging policy and technology issues to talk and debate about their ideas for the future.


Ansgar Koene
Dr. Ansgar Koene is Director and co-founder of EMLS RI ltd, a Think-Tank Research Institute for exploring future scenarios based on the interconnection of Mind Life Society. Ansgar is also Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader at EY where he supports the AI Lab’s Policy activities on Trusted AI; and a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research institute, University of Nottingham. Ansgar chairs the IEEE P7003 Standard for Algorithmic Bias Considerations working group, is the Bias Focus Group leader for the IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS), and a trustee for the 5Rgiths foundation for the Rights of Young People Online. Ansgar has a multi-disciplinary research background, having worked and published on topics ranging from Policy and Governance of AI, data-privacy, AI Ethics, AI Standards, bio-inspired Robotics, and Computational Neuroscience to experimental Human Behaviour/Perception studies.
Ricardo Chavarriaga
Passionate of responsible development and social implications of technology, Ricardo Chavarriaga is highly interested on the translation of emerging technologies onto applications at service of society. Dr. Chavarriaga has more than 12 years of experience in human-machine interaction, brain-machine interfaces, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Chavarriaga is the head of the Swiss office of the CLAIRE initiative on Human-Centred Artificial Intelligence and fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). Dr. Chavarriaga also chairs the IEEE Standards Association working group on Neurotechnologies for Brain-Machine Interfacing LinkedIn: Twitter: @r_chavarriaga
Postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam UvA. Her research revolves around the topics of Privacy in the digital society, Explainable Artificial intelligence (XAI) and AI and Ethics, she focuses currently on AI-related technologies used in “personalized” communication and their impacts in the areas of politics, health, and commerce. Nadia obtained her industrial PhD in computer security and privacy in 2018 from the University of Trento within the FP7 Marie Curie ITN funded project SECENTIS held in collaboration with the research foundation Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) and SAP Next Business and Technology. Her doctoral research focused on privacy risk-aware access control systems. She also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milan within the research project Privacy-aware Cyber-security PACS. In 2018 she became the vice-chair of Genders, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Former GEMS Working Group, MCAA.


Renaud Jolivet
Renaud Jolivet is a Group Leader at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research focusses on the heterocellular complexity and energetic requirements of the brain, and to a lesser extent on brain imaging technologies. His team is supported by various national and European competitive grants. Prior to that, he was a student and a postdoc in Lausanne and Zürich, Switzerland, and then a fellow in London, UK. He has also worked briefly in Japan on two occasions. Renaud Jolivet is active within MCAA since its inception, having participated to various working groups since 2014. In 2017, he was the founding Chair of the Swiss Chapter, and he was elected to the Board in 2018, where he has served since. Renaud Jolivet is also an elected Member of the Board of Directors at the Organization for Computational Neurosciences, and a Policy Advisor at the Initiative for Science in Europe since 2019.