WCCI Workshop and Special Session on the Ethics and Social Implications of Computational Intelligence 2020

WCCI Workshop

WCCI Workshop and Special Session on the Ethics and Social Implications of Computational Intelligence 2020

Aim and Scope

Today, Computational Intelligence (CI) techniques are embodied within many technologies. For example, Fuzzy Control is a central piece within most control systems for technologies such as washing machines. Deep Neural Networks are sitting today on most smart phones offering search-by-image capabilities. Evolutionary Computation is creating a leap forward in industry and robotics when coupled with 3D printing that allows evolved robots to come to life quickly and with low cost. CI researchers excel in designing and implementing these technologies to create significant positive impact on the economy and human society as a whole. It is incumbent upon us as socially-responsible CI researchers to understand the ethical and social implications of the technologies we create and champion.

The objective of the proposed workshop is to discuss the ethical and moral principles that govern the behaviour of CI technology, as well as the designer. These principles should cover the following: balancing the ecological footprint of technologies against the economic benefits; managing the impact of automation on the workforce; ensuring privacy is not adversely affected; and dealing with the legal implications of embodying CI technologies in autonomous systems. The workshop will include invited speakers, presentation of accepted papers and a panel discussion. We invite submission of papers to the workshop and also participation in the workshop discussions at WCCI 2020.

Research Topics

  • Potential impact of CI on the human workforce and distribution of wealth
  • Potential impact 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
  • Impact of CI on human cognition and social relatedness


Important Dates

30 Jan 2020   Paper Submission Deadline
15 Mar 2020 Paper Acceptance Notification Date
15 April 2020  Final Paper Submission and Early Registration Deadline
19-24 July 2020  IEEE WCCI 2020, Glasgow, Scotland, UK