IEEE CEC Special Session on the Ethics and Social Implications of Computational Intelligence 2019


New Zealand

9.00am to 5.00pm

2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation


Aim and Scope

Computational Intelligence (CI) can provide great benefits to society but also will introduce some challenges. For example, are CI systems used for marking student assignments capable of bias? Moreover, is the current legal framework capable of dealing with the repercussions of decisions made by CI systems on matters such as finance, medical treatments or autonomous vehicle collision avoidance.  The answers to many of these questions are still unknown. This special session aims to discuss solutions to some of these challenges, what safeguards might be required (both technologically and legally) and how we can better present the benefits of CI to the wider community. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Potential effects of CI on the human workforce and distribution of wealth
  • Potential effects of CI on privacy
  • Possible bias in CI systems (e.g. can a deep neural network trained to detect lying from spoken language be more likely to get a false positive results for one racial group more than another)
  • Safety of CI systems embedded in autonomous and automated systems (e.g. autonomous vehicles, nuclear power plant control systems)
  • Human-machine Trust in CI Systems
  • Specific applications of CI and the potential ethical/social benefits and risks (e.g. Marking of student assignments, assessment of legal documents, automated decision making in the stock market, medical research)
  • Legal implications of CI (e.g. legal liabilities when things go wrong; how do you certify systems that can ‘learn’ from their environment etc)
  • Need and direction for developing formal standards in ethics for CI
  • Public perception of CI


Important Dates

Papers are due 7 January 2019. Other important dates can be accessed at .



Please refer to the IEEE CEC website ( for paper templates and information on how to submit papers. Papers can be up to 8 pages long including figures, tables and references. At maximum, two additional pages are permitted with over-length page charge of US$100/page, to be paid during author registration. Only papers prepared in PDF format will be accepted.



  • Primary Point of Contact: Associate Professor Matthew Garratt, UNSW Canberra, Australia, (Chair of the CIS Task Force on the Ethics and Social Implications of CI)
  • Dr Keeley Crockett, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Professor Robert Reynolds, Wayne State University, USA