AI Ethics, Robot Ethics, Human-Robot Interaction

Ajung Moon



Director, Open Roboethics Institute

Dr. AJung Moon is Director of Open Roboethics Institute (ORI), and member of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence.

AJung Moon (PhD) is the Director of Open Roboethics Institute (ORI), an international think tank that investigates ways in which stakeholders of autonomous intelligent systems can work together to influence how the systems should shape our future. We address not only what AI, robots and other automated systems should be designed to do, but how we can enable designers, business leaders, and other key stakeholders to meaningfully be moral stewards of the systems. Since its inception in 2012, ORI has been exploring ethical and societal implications of self-driving vehicles, care robots, lethal autonomous weapons systems, and AI.

AJung currently serves on the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence. She has also worked as a Senior Advisor for UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, spearheading research and industry relations. She also served as found and CEO of Generation R Consulting Inc. — the “do” part of the think tank that provides ethics analyses on AI/machine learning and robotics systems for real businesses. Generation R helped organizations make informed design and policy decisions to innovate with the advanced technologies without compromising the organization’s values. It is now part of ORI.

 AJung became a Vanier Scholar in 2013 and received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in the design of human-inspired interactive robot behaviours. As a roboticist with experience in both roboethics and HRI, she has been heavily involved in international and Canadian discussions on artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. She serves on the Executive Committee of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and served as a co-chair of the IEEE Global Initiative’s committee on embedding values into autonomous intelligent systems. She is an organizer of the Canadian Robotics Network newly being established, and a panellist of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons (IPRAW). She frequently serves as an expert panellist, speaker, and guest lecturer on roboethics.
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