The increasing deployment of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) systems is introducing new layers of critical infrastructures in various areas of our society. This contributes to new digital vulnerabilities and poses novel legal and regulatory questions. The VIROS project investigates the challenges and solutions in regulating robotics and AI technologies – legally and technically – particularly with respect to addressing the safety, security and privacy concerns such systems raise. It addresses these issues along two main prongs of research: (i) smart robots, privacy, security and safety; and (2) healthcare robots. The first prong analyses the legal and technical challenges in addressing privacy, security and safety concerns that smart robots pose. The second prong examines the legal, technical and ethical issues associated with the growing inter-dependence and interactions of tangible and virtual elements in robots used for healthcare purposes. The project will run for five years. It will be undertaken by an interdisciplinary team comprising researchers from the Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ROBIN) research group at the Department of Informatics, UiO, together with researchers at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) and other departments at the Law Faculty, UiO. The bulk of research will be carried out by four research fellows at doctoral and post-doctoral level. Two will be based at the NRCCL and will work on the legal and regulatory aspects of the two research prongs. The other two researchers will be associated with the ROBIN research group, and will work on the technical design aspects of the two prongs of research.
Project leader: Lee Andrew Bygrave
Institution: Senter for rettsinformatikk