Conference "Autonomous Security Systems"

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Autonomous Security Systems

An international conference to be held at the University of Zurich in Switzerland on May 2nd-3rd, 2019, aims to explore the ethical and legal aspects of autonomous systems in the security sector.

The program for the conference is now online! 

We are looking forward to keynotes from the following speakers: 

  • Philip G. Alston, New York University and UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights: Artificial Intelligence as a Threat to Human Rights?
  • Joanna Bryson, Bath University: Human Security and Machine Autonomy
  • Mary Manjikian, Robertson School of Government an der Regent University: Cybersecurity, Crisis Stability and Trust in Autonomous Warfare
  • Patrick Lin, California Polytechnic State University: AI in Defense and Security: Ethics and First Principles
  • Robert Sparrow, Monash University: Might autonomous weapons be mala in se?
  • Shannon Vallor, Santa Clara University: The New Cyberweapons: How Bots, Trolls, and Sockpuppets Compromise Security by Undermining Civic Integrity

Costs: Participation in the conference is free of charge. However, we ask you to register with Thomas Burri ( by 26.4.2019 at the latest.

The conference is organized by Thomas Burri (University of St. Gallen), Markus Christen, and Markus Kneer (both at the University of Zurich). The conference is financed from public funds provided by the University of St. Gallen, the Digital Society initiative of the University of Zurich, the EU Horizon 2020 project CANVAS and armasuisse science + technology, the procurement branch of the administration of the federal state of Switzerland.


Programm Autonomous Security Systems