Ambiguous Technologies: Philosophical Issues,
Practical Solutions, Human Nature

Keynote Speakers

CEPE 2013 keynote speakers include a group of international scholars that will generate interesting multidisciplinary debates, as a result of their research interests and backgrounds:

Dr. Marty J. Wolf is a Professor of Computer Science at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota USA. He holds a B.A. in chemistry and computer science from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to over 25 years of experience teaching undergraduate computer science, he has engaged in a variety of collaborative research. His early research was in theoretical computer science. Later, while he was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University his work began to take on an interdisciplinary flavour when he worked on problems in bioinformatics. Since then his interest in interdisciplinary work has continued to expand as he has had work published in graph theory and computer ethics. Dr. Wolf's current research focuses primarily on information ethics and the philosophy of information and computation.

Rocci Luppicini is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and acts as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Technoethics. He is a social scientist and philosopher of technology who helped nurture in the interdisciplinary research fields of Technoethics and Technoself Studies (TSS). He has published over 25 peer reviewed articles and has authored and edited several books including, Online Learning Communities in Education (IAP, 2007), the Handbook of Conversation Design for Instructional Applications (IGI, 2008), Trends in Canadian Educational Technology and Distance Education (VSM, 2008), the Handbook of Research on Technoethics: Volume I &II (with R. Adell) (IGI, 2008,2009), Technoethics and the Evolving Knowledge Society: Ethical Issues in Technological Design, Research, Development, and Innovation (2010), Cases on Digital Technologies in Higher Education: Issues and Challenges (with A. Haghi) (IGI, 2010), Education for a Digital World: Present Realities and Future Possibilities (AAP, in press). His most recent edited work, the Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a Technological Society: Vol I &II (IGI, in press), to be released in 2012, provides the first comprehensive reference work in the English language on human enhancement and identity within an evolving technological society.

Dr. Sylvester Arnab is a Senior Researcher at the Serious Games Institute, UK. His research interests and activities are mainly in the area of immersive environment and the application of technologies to address health, learning and socio-cultural issues. He is currently involved in the coordination of the R&D work package under the EU-funded Games and Leaning Alliance (GALA) as well as the game development project for Relationship and Sex Education in conjunction with a team in Singapore. He is actively exploring trans-national partnerships with international research and commercial organisations, where he was previously awarded the Prime Minister‘s Initiative Partnership Development Grants for UK/ASIA in 2010 and the EU Transversal Programme Study Visit fund in 2011. He has various publications within the area of virtual worlds and simulation including a book: Serious Games for Healthcare- Applications and Implications. He was previously a research fellow at the University of Warwick working on projects operated under the EU Sixth Framework Programme, such as the Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems (I*PROMS), the Intelligent Robot Swarm for Attendance, Recognition, Cleaning and Delivery (IWARD) and INTUITION- a Network Of Excellence focused on Virtual Reality applications.

Ugo Pagallo is Professor of Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law, University of Turin, since 2000, faculty at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London and faculty fellow at the NEXA Center for Internet and Society at the Politecnico of Turin. Chief editor of the Digitalica series published by Giappichelli in Turin and co-editor of the AICOL series by Springer, he is member of the Group of Experts for the Onlife Initiative set up by the European Commission. Along with the Scientific Advisory Board of the Law, Governance and Technology Series edited by Springer, the Internationale Vereinung Rechtsphilosophie, the Programme Committee of ETHICOMP, the Italian Society of Philosophy of Law, and the Institut International d’Études Européennes, he has been also member of the board in the PhD programs of the University of Padua (1996-2000), and of Turin (since 2000), directing the project on “Computer Science and Law” (2004-2006). In addition to numerous essays in scholarly journals, he is the author of eight monographs and, with the American mathematician Gregory Chaitin, co-author of La teoria algoritmica della complessità (2005). His main interests are AI & law, network theory, robotics, and information technology law (especially data protection law and copyright).

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