We are living in an age when increasing automation means that complex systems using algorithms and rules are making decisions with an ethical dimension. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of transport. Autonomy in road vehicles is challenging engineers, lawyers, insurers and others to re-think previously accepted norms. On railways, principles about the safe movement of trains that were once regarded as inviolable are being challenged, bringing benefits but also causing us to re-think “how safe is safe enough”.
We are now constantly encountering fresh issues that demand urgent, ethically sound answers. Respect for the environment and natural resources are topics for engineers to incorporate into their work, whether it is in the context of a major project such as Crossrail or HS2, or in finding practicable alternatives to the use of plastics in packaging.
This Seminar, the first undertaken jointly by the IEEE Systems Council Chapter in the UK & Ireland and the IRSE, seeks to explore the underpinning principles associated with these challenges, raise awareness and foster collaboration between stakeholders. Our speakers are:
Hon Mr Justice Haddon-Cave (keynote speaker)
Prof. George Bearfield (RSSB/ University of Huddersfield)
Paul Campion (CEO, Transport Systems Catapult)
Prof. Ali Hessami (Vega Systems)
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