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Canada Research Chair in the Ethical Engineeering of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Jason Millar holds the Canada Research Chair in the Ethical Engineering of Robotics and AI, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He researches the ethical engineering of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on developing tools and methodologies engineers can use to integrate ethical thinking into their daily engineering workflow. Jason’s work concerns the ethical engineering of automated vehicles, artificial intelligence, healthcare robotics, social and military robotics. Jason has a degree in engineering physics, and worked for several years as an engineer before turning his full-time attention to issues in philosophy and applied ethics. He has authored book chapters, policy reports, and articles on the ethics and governance of robotics and AI. Jason recently co-authored a discussion paper as one of Canada’s contributions to the 2018 G7 meeting on AI in Montreal. He has provided expert testimony at the UN CCW and the Senate of Canada on the ethics of military robotics, and consults internationally on policy, and ethical engineering issues in emerging autonomous vehicle technology. His work is regularly featured in the media, including articles in publications such as WIRED and The Guardian, and interviews with the BBC, CBC and NPR. He recently authored a chapter titled Social Failure Modes in Technology and the Ethics of AI: An Engineering Perspective, for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Ethics of AI (OUP). He also authored a chapter on ethics settings for autonomous vehicles in Robot Ethics 2.0 (OUP), and co-authored a chapter on metaphors in technology governance for the Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology (OUP).

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Education

  • 2015 
    Queen's University, Ph.D.
  • 2008 
    University of Ottawa, M.A.
  • 2006 
    University of Ottawa, B.A.
  • 1999 
    Queen's University, B.Sc.E.

Publications

  • 2014
    Technology as Moral Proxy: Autonomy and Paternalism by Design, IEEE Xplore

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Canadian Foundation for Innovation
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    Funding Source:
    Canadian Foundation for Innovation
  • 2019
    Canada Research Chair (T2)
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    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2016
    SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
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    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2012
    Science Policy Fellowship
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    Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • 2008
    Joseph A. Bombardier CGS
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    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • 2006
    Canada Graduate Scholarship
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    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)