AI Ethics and Policy Mini-Symposium

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AI Ethics and Policy Mini-Symposium

April 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

UFII AI Mini-Symposium: AI Ethics and Policy

AI poses novel challenges to societal norms and values. Addressing these challenges requires interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing technical work in computer science into conversation with scholarship in law, the humanities, and the social sciences. This Mini-Symposium showcases the variety of research programs in AI ethics and policy across UF’s campus, and it invites reflection on how a major research institution can cultivate a rich AI ethics and policy ecosystem.

Thursday, April 7, 2022
HYBRID: Live, in-person and virtual via Zoom
Location: Auditorium, Reitz Union [Take orange elevators to 2nd floor, then turn right – Auditorium is directly ahead]


10:00AM: Opening Remarks by Dr. Duncan Purves, Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy

10:30AM: Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Basl, Associate Director, AI and Data Ethics Initiatives and Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, Northeastern University
­»Title: Contributing to an ethics ecosystem for AI from within the academy
»Abstract: Realizing the promise of AI while mitigating against ethical pitfalls requires an ethics ecosystem, an ecosystem that includes robust, interdisciplinary research programs, curricula, and training programs, informed regulatory and oversight infrastructure, broad stakeholder engagement, shared conceptual and linguistic space for overcoming challenges, and AI and data ethicists that can translate across disciplinary divides. This talk motivates the need for such an ecosystem and highlights some work attempting to contribute to it.

11:30AM: Lunch: Boxed lunches provided for registered guests

12:35PM: UF Ethics Scholar Showcase (each presentation is 10 minutes max.):

» 12:35PM: My Thai, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering
­» 12:45PM: Hina Shaikh, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies
­» 12:55PM: Jennifer Drew, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
» 1:05PM: Seth Endo, Levin College of Law
­» 1:15PM: Jim Hoover, Warrington College of Business
» 1:25PM: Jasmine McNealy, College of Journalism and Communications, Department of Media Production, Management and Technology
» 1:35PM: Amber Ross, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
­» 1:45PM: Duncan Purves, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy

1:55PM: Closing Remarks: Dr. Duncan Purves

Thursday, April 7, 2022
10:00AM – 2:00PM
Lunch will serve at 11:30AM
When you register below, please indicate if you will be attending in-person or via zoom. Zoom invite will be sent out the day before the talk.

For specific questions about content of the symposium, please contact Dr. Duncan Purves at More general questions, contact Flora Marynak at


April 7, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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