AGI-23: Stockholm and Virtual, June 16 – 19, 2023

The notion of intelligence remains intriguing to researchers and practitioners, yet still somewhat mysterious. After over a century of research into the topic, there is still no widely accepted definition. Many say that intelligence is the ability to solve problems, but exactly what problems do they have in mind? Is it the ability to collect reward in Markov decision processes, determine truth in first-order arithmetic, find patterns in progressive matrices, or something else? Could it be argued that some problems are more natural than others in this context?

According to evolutionary theory, animal intelligence, including human intelligence, evolved in response to demands for problem-solving in nature. Moreover, natural selection favors the genes of animals that can reproduce in a relatively broad class of ecosystems. To be able to reproduce, animals must solve a continuous stream of problems during their lives, e.g., finding food, avoiding predators, mating, and parenting. This suggests that human intelligence primarily evolved for solving everyday problems related to survival in ecosystems ranging from the tropics to the polar regions.

Artificial Intelligence started as an attempt to reproduce parts of human intelligence in machines and, like the notion of intelligence, it suffers from or enjoys a certain vagueness regarding its definition, targeted problems, performance measures, and relations to neighboring research fields.

Today, AI researchers are increasingly focusing on generality. They build systems that can translate between many languages, play many games, manipulate many objects, predict many video frames, and diagnose many diseases. They design autonomous cars that can drive in many cities, dialogue systems that can answer many questions, and robots that can navigate many homes. They want their systems to learn quickly, generalize well, and never stop learning.

Since 2008, the Artificial General Intelligence Society has organized annual conferences on the AI topic. The 16th AGI conference (AGI-23), will be held as a mixed virtual/F2F event in Stockholm, Sweden on June 16 – 19, 2023.

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Open position at KTH: Postdoc in (Socio)legal studies of technology/Human-Computer Interaction

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH has currently an open position as Postdoc in (Socio)legal studies of technology/Human-Computer-Interaction. Last application date is Feb 15, 2023.

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19th ICAIL – International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law 2023

Since 1987, the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL) has been the foremost internationalconference addressing research in Artificial Intelligence and Law. It is organized biennially under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL),and in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).The conference proceedings are published by ACM. ICAIL invites submissions of papers along a regular and three special tracks, technology demonstrations, as well as proposals forworkshops and tutorials.

When and where? 19th-23rd June 2023, Braga, Portugal

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CRCL 2022: Computational ‘law’ on edge, November 3-4

An international conference organised by COHUBICOL in collaboration with CRCL
3-4 November, 2022 in Brussels (hybrid)

Conference tracks
Each track will be led by track chairs who coordinate the paper review process
1. Legal search and prediction (Harry Surden, Sofia Olhede)
2. Formalisation and Rules as Code (Lyria Bennett Moses, Denis Merigoux)
3. AI in international law (Fleur Johns, Jatinder Singh)

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IRI§23 Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion, Feb 22-25 2023

The leading topic of IRI§23 is: Legal Informatics as a Legal Methodology Science

The survey clearly showed: In 2023 it should be Salzburg again when (hopefully!) the end of the pandemic, after 2020 – with stomach ache and courage – „the IRIS“ could just be carried out on site. IRI$23 is not forgetting the online friends though, there will be streams of all (most) sessions with lots of opportunities to get involved via chats, Q&As, etc. The team of the Legal Informatics working group, Juridicum, University of Vienna, is working on solutions, also in cooperation with ReMeP and Weblaw.

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XXXVII Nordic Conference on Law and Information Technology, Copenhagen 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2022

The 37th Nordic Conference on Law and Information Technology runs under the theme of “Humans, data and law: tectonic plates in motion“.

Over recent times, the European regulatory landscape has experienced several quakes with proposals such as the Digital Services Act, Digital Market Act, Data Governance Act, Data Act, Artificial Intelligence Act as well as other soft-law initiatives, attempting to adjust to the fast-paced developments in our digital society.

Time to take a step back and take a look: how are the tectonic plates of Law and Information Technology moving in the 2020s? What is their interplay, what are common issues, what are common solutions? What is a Nordic perspective? And also: how should our legal education reflect the new technological world?

Welcome to Copenhagen from 31 October to 2 November 2022. More information will be added to the conference website soon:

AI and Law and network meeting between the Wallenberg Programs DDLS and WASP-HS

AI and Law is an IRI project funded by the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program– Humanities and Society (WASP-HS)The ambition is to strengthen and ensure a logical development of an international research environment of excellent quality, able to operate at the forefront of AI and ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Impact) research. More information about and the IRI project here.

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Networking meeting between the Wallenberg programs Data-driven Life Science (DDLS) and WASP-HS – SciLifeLab

New publication: Nordic Yearbook of Law and Informatics 2020–2021

The 35th Nordic Conference on Law and Information Technology was held in Stockholm, 11–12 November 2020. As on previous occasions, The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI) had the privilege of arranging the conference in conjunction with The Foundation for Legal Information (Stiftelsen för rättsinformation) and The Swedish Society.

The overall title of the conference was Law in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. The main theme was how an increased use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is influencing the meaning of previously established legal concepts not yet adapted to a society increasingly reliant on AI. In this respect, the conference was divided up into four sessions each focusing on a selected aspect, namely, session 1 on Data Protection, session 2 on Transparency, session 3 on Liability and finally session 4 on Regulation.

Read or download a full version of the Nordic Yearbook below.

Open call: Up to six postdoc fellows in technologies for digital transformation — Digital Futures

Digital Futures postdoc fellowships aim to support talented early-career researchers in pursuing their research ideas in a new research group and institution. The programme of funding aims to provide networking opportunities and career development which will boost successful postdoc fellows’ future careers. The call targets applicants who have recently completed or who soon will complete their doctorate degree (between September 2019 and September 2022). It is a mobility program with an emphasis on early career researchers moving to a new institution to continue their research.

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Contact at IRI: Liane Colonna

Stiftelsen för rättsinformation | Tillgängliggörande av rättsinformation genom kraftfulla språkmodeller, 11 nov, 2021

Stiftelsen för Rättsinformations årliga konferens tar denna gång avstamp i rättsinformationen, den nya tekniken, specifikt kraftfulla språkmodeller, och digitaliseringens inverkan och användning på densamma. Genom inspel från och panelsamtal med experter inom såväl juridikens, etikens och teknikens områden riktas blickarna framåt i den alltmer automatiserade och digitala vardagen där inspel rörande såväl etik som teknik relateras till rättsinformationen och dess utmaningar, möjligheter och hinder i det framtida Sverige.

När: Torsdag 11/11 kl 09.00-16.30
Var: Hörsalen, Kungliga Biblioteket, Humlegårdsgatan 26

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Open position: Phd Candidate in Law with a focus on public international law and labour law with special emphasis on artificial intelligence

The Department of Law, Stockholm University, announces a position as a doctoral candidate in law with a focus on public international law and labour law with special emphasis on artificial intelligence. The position is part of the initiative “The Wallenberg Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanities and Society” (WASP-HS) PhD in Society.

Deadline for applications: 30th October 2021.

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Exposing Natural Language Models – A Threat to Higher Education?, Oct 28, 2021

Natural language models are a technology associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) that are increasingly being used within society to perform various tasks. While traditional tasks include spelling auto-correct, audio-to-text conversion, speech recognition and machine translation, the models are becoming increasingly powerful and their sphere of operation increasingly wider. These models are able to identify patterns and hidden insights in data sets too large for humans to manage. While these models can be put to good uses, such as extracting insights from health data, in the wrong hands or used for unintended purposes, they potentially also pose a danger to society.

This seminar is arranged by the DHV-hub at Stockholm University. The DHV seminars are inter-disciplinary in nature, and are open to all scholars interested in digital artefacts and environments and their significance for society and humanity.

Date and time: 28th October 2021, 10:00-12:00, Online

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Stockholm Explorative Talks On-stage, Sep 23, 2021

IRI:s co-worker Stanley Greenstein will talk at Stockholm Explorative Talks On-stage on Sep 23 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm
(The Royal Hall). The event brings together scholars from different disciplines, representing all the 18 universities of Stockholm.

The 18 scholars – who we call The Explorers – will engage each other in an interaction that will see them exchange interdisciplinary perspectives on present issues confronting the planet.

This year’s curators, Gustav Borgefalk and Elisabeth Ericson, will steer an exploration of the theme, ‘Challenges’, which will try to locate new intersectional ideas and insights in the conversations happening on stage. 

To make the discussion freewheeling and encourage spontaneous ideas, The Explorers come totally unrehearsed and meet each other for the first time on stage!

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The XXXVI Nordic Conference in Law and IT, Nov 9-10, 2021

The XXXVI Nordic Conference in Law and IT will be hosted by the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law on November 9-10, 2021, at Hotel Bristol in Oslo, Norway.

The conference will be devoted to the overarching themes of security, risk management, and rule of law. It will be held in conjunction with the final conference of the research project ‘Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analysing the Law’ (SIGNAL), funded by the Research Council of Norway and UNINETT Norid AS.

The overarching themes of the conference have long been integral elements of regulatory discourse on the interaction of law and technology. However, the ongoing pandemic has elevated their prominence in the minds of regulators and the general public. Hence, it is pertinent to consider key recent and ongoing developments in their regulatory manifestations — also in light of responses to the pandemic.

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”DISVO-projektet” – pilotstudie om digitalisering av hälso- och sjukvård samt omsorg

Hur samverkan sker mellan olika IT-system för hälso- och sjukvård samt omsorg är av stor betydelse för effektiviteten och kvaliteten i dessa verksamheter och inte minst för enskilda medborgare. Även om digitaliseringen inom dessa områden har kommit långt i Sverige, är det inte alltid klart vad som gäller beträffande informationsutbytet mellan olika aktörer inom vården från en juridisk utgångspunkt. Det är angeläget att data kan utbytas i så stor utsträckning som möjligt inom rättsliga ramar, så att enskilda kan få den vård och omsorg som behövs samtidigt som ett fullgott integritetsskydd kan upprätthållas. Vem kontrollerar data i detta informationsflöde och i vilken utsträckning kan uppgifter delas mellan berörda aktörer? 

Inom DISVO-projektet, gjordes en inventering av problem och möjligheter med sikte på hur tekniska, organisatoriska och rättsliga infrastrukturer samverkar vid vård och omsorg som har digitala förtecken.

Projektet leddes av Uno Fors, professor i data- och systemvetenskap, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap och Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, professor i rättsinformatik, Juridiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet. I projektet ingick även Katarina Fast Lappalainen från Juridiska institutionen och Martin Henkel och Erik Perjons från institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap. Projektet finansierades av Region Stockholm och Stockholms stad och har utmynnat i nedan rapport.

JURISIN 2021 | 15th International Workshop on Juris-informatics, Nov 14-15

Juris-informatics is a new research area that studies legal issues from the perspective of informatics. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss both the fundamental and practical issues among people from various backgrounds such as law, social science, information and intelligent technology, logic and philosophy, including the conventional “AI and law” area. JURISIN solicit unpublished papers on theories, technologies, and applications on juris-informatics.

Time and place: November 14 – 15, 2021, Raiosha Building, Keio University Kanagawa, Japan (or online)

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ReMeP 2021 – Legal Informatics Conference, Sep 5-7

Hybrid Legal Informatics Conference
This year’s conference will focus on computational law and legal knowledge graphs and feature many interesting workshop, keynotes and panel discussions. ReMeP have secured a number of top-notch speakers – so there is much to look forward to. As a so-called hybrid event, ReMeP 2021 will combine the best of both an in-person conference and a virtual platform.

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