Robots and IoT systems which are equipped with artificial intelligence are becoming more and more present in our everyday life. But what if such systems behave in an unforeseen way and cause damages or injuries? The workshop assesses questions regarding the liability for damages caused by autonomous systems and advanced robots and IoT systems.

The objective of the workshop is to discuss questions regarding liability in the area of autonomous systems and advanced robots / IoT-Systems. The workshop  mainly explores the specificities of autonomous systems and advanced robots / IoT-Systems compared to "traditional" machinery and discuss these specificities in relation to liability schemes. As in the business-to-business area questions of liability currently seem to be addressed by contracts, the workshop  focuses on damages incurred by natural persons.
It aims, in particular, at discussing the following:

  • Preliminary findings, in particular on liability issues, of the study "Impact Assessment support study on emerging issues of data ownership, interoperability, (re)usability and access to data, and liability";
  • Presentation on the evaluation of the Product Liability Directive (85/374/EEC);
  • Technical characteristics of autonomous systems and advanced robots / IoT Systems;
  • Complexity of autonomous systems and advanced robots / IoT Systems and the detection of defects;
  • Liability and cyber-attacks.

Have a look at the workshop report.

Presentations of the morning session:

The evaluation of the Product Liability Directive (85/374/EEC), presentation by Hans Ingels, DG GROW, European Commission.

The EP public consultation on robotics and artificial intelligence, presentation by MEP Mady Delvaux, European Parliament.

EC policies and activities in the context of robotics and artificial intelligence, presentation by Juha Heikkilä, DG CNECT, European Commission.

The existing EU safety framework with regard to autonomous systems and advanced robots / IoT-systems, presentation by Felicia Stoica, DG GROW, European Commission, and Orsolya Csorba, DG JUST, European Commission.

The study "Emerging issues of data ownership, interoperability, (re)usability and access to data, and liability", presentation by Hans Graux, Deloitte.

Presentations of cluster 2: Complexity of autonomous systems and advanced robots / IoT-systems (Detection of Defects and the Burden of Proof)

Liability in the area of robotics, AI and ML, presentation by Daniel Schoenberger, Google.
A consumer perspective on liability, presentation by Christoph Schmon, BEUC.

Presentations of cluster 3: Liability and Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity in the industrial internet of things, presentation by Susanne Bieller, EUnited Robotics.
Immunity to unwanted external interventions, presentation by Renaud Di Francesco, Sony Europe.

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