LTS LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society enters into the Summer Term 2019!

For the seventh consecutive semester, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Iris Eisenberger, M.Sc. (LSE), Institute of Law at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Konrad Lachmayer, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, are organising the Lunch Time Series on Law, Technology and Society (LTS).

In the summer term 2019, the series will start on 17 May 2019 with a lecture given by Prof. Claudia Müller-Birn, Free University of Berlin, on "Bringing the human to the center of algorithmic systems design: challenges and opportunities". You can find the announcement here.

On 12 June 2019, Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Technical University Munich (TUM), will give a lecture on “Testing future Societies? Developing a framework for test beds and living labs as instruments of innovation governance”. You can find the announcement here.

As our third guest in this semester, we will welcome Dr. Jack Stilgoe, University College London (UCL), on 27 June 2019. He will talk about "How experiments become futures - Social learning for self-driving cars". You can find the announcement here.

After each lecture, there will be an opportunity for public discussion. Based on the Anglo-American model of the Lunch Time Series, the Institute of Law will provide catering. The event is open to all and participation is free of charge.

Please register in advance at: law(at)boku.ac.at.

You can find the complete program of the semester here.

Bringing the human to the center of algorithmic systems design: challenges and opportunities

Bringing the human to the center of algorithmic systems design: challenges and opportunities

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn, Free University of Berlin

Date: Friday, 17 May 2019
Time: 12.00 - 01.30 pm
Place: Seminar room SR 02, ground floor, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna (Guttenberghaus)

Participation is free of charge. Please register in advance at: law(at)boku.ac.at until 15 May 2019

 "Drawing from my many years of experience of the open peer production system Wikipedia, Claudia Müller-Birn introduces various means of quality assurance mechanisms that effectively combine human and algorithmic activities. By using one example of a machine learning-based, i.e., algorithmic, system, she will show possible sources of biases and explain how we can re-interprete these sources into points of participation, where humans are urgently needed to monitor, validate, configure the algorithmic systems. From these experiences, Müller-Birn infers the concept of human-machine collaboration and introduces first design parameters. Based on the provided insights, she outlines a possible integrative design approach for algorithmic systems."

Claudia Müller-Birn is the head of the research group Human-Centered Computing (hcc.mi.fu-berlin.de) at the Institute of Computer Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. Before her appointment at FU Berlin, she under-took a post-doc at the Carnegie Mellon University, based on a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. Her interdisciplinary research advances the fields of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Social Computing. She is especially interest-ed in investigating human-machine collaboration in which the collective intelligence of humans intertwines with machine intelligence.

Testing future Societies? Developing a framework for test beds and living labs as instruments of innovation governance

Testing future Societies? Developing a framework for test beds and living labs as instruments of innovation governance

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Technical University Munich (TUM)

Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Time: 12.00 - 01.30 pm
Place: Seminar room SR 01, ground floor, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna (Guttenberghaus)

Participation is free of charge. Please register in advance at: law(at)boku.ac.at until 10 June 2019

"Test beds and living labs have emerged as a prominent approach to foster innovation across geographical regions and technical domains. They represent an experimental approach to innovation policy that aims at once to test, demonstrate, and advance new sociotechnical arrangements in a model environment under real-world conditions. In this talk, I develop an analytic framework for this distinctive approach to innovation. Our findings suggest that test beds do not simply test a technology under real-world conditions. Rather, they equally “test” society around a new set of technologies and associated modes of governance based on par-ticular visions of the future – occasionally against considerable resistance."

Sebastian Pfotenhauer is Assistant Professor of Innovation Research at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) and the TUM School of Management, both Technical University of Munich. He is also the coordinator of the EU-Horizon2020 project SCALINGS. His research interests include science and innovation in international settings as well as co-creation and responsible innovation. He holds an S.M. in Technology Policy from MIT and a PhD in Physics from the University of Jena, Germany, and has received post-doctoral training at MIT and Harvard.

How experiments become futures - Social learning for self-driving cars

How experiments become futures - Social learning for self-driving cars

Speaker: Dr. Jack Stilgoe, University College London (UCL)

Date: Thursday, 27 June 2019
Time: 12.00 - 01.30 pm
Place: Seminar room SR 02, ground floor, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna (Guttenberghaus)

Participation is free of charge. Please register in advance at: law(at)boku.ac.at until 25 June 2019

"Self-driving cars are currently learning to drive. Alongside well-publicised developments in machine learning, this also involves a more complicated process of social learning. Understanding and governing the politics of this technology means asking ‘Who is learning, what are they learning and how are they learning?’ On-road trials taking place in cities around the world offer a window into the social complexities of a debate that is often presented as technical. In his lecture, Jack Stilgoe will report on his previous research on the chaotic self-driving experimentation that has already taken place and describe the approach of his team’s new project “Driverless Futures?”."

Dr. Jack Stilgoe is an associate professor in Science and Technology Studies at UCL. He works on science and technology policy, particularly the governance of emerging technologies. Among other publications, he is the author of Experiment Earth: Responsible innovation in geoengineering. He leads “Driverless Futures?”, a three-year project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate how self-driving car technologies can be governed in the public interest.