On the Engineering of Social Values


Ethics in Artificial Intelligence is a wide-ranging field which encompasses many open questions regarding the moral, legal and technical issues that arise with the use and design of ethically-compliant autonomous agents. Under this umbrella, the computational ethics area is concerned with the formulation and codification of ethical principles into software components. In this talk, I will take a look at a particular problem in computational ethics: the engineering of moral values into autonomous agents. I will present some results on this area and a vision for future research.

The presentation will provide information on value-alignment methods, will give insights on how to address the construction of morality in machines, and will discuss the importance of teaching tecno-ethics in education.


Carles Sierra is Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Barcelona. He is the President of EurAI, the European Association of Artificial Intelligence. He has been contributing to Artificial Intelligence research since 1985 in the areas of Knowledge Representation, Auctions, Electronic Institutions, Autonomous Agents, Multiagent Systems and Agreement Technologies. He is or has been a member of several editorial boards of journals, including AIJ and JAIR, two of the most prestigious generalist journals, and was the editor in chief of the JAAMAS journal, specialized in autonomous agents. He organized IJCAI, the most important international artificial intelligence conference in 2011 in Barcelona and was the President of the IJCAI Program Committee in 2017 in Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the European Association of AI, EurAI, and recipient of the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award 2019.

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