ZiF Research Group

Economic and Legal Challenges in the Advent of Smart Products

October 2021 – July 2022

Convenors: Herbert Dawid (Bielefeld, GER), Sabine Gless (Basel, SUI), Gerd Muehlheusser (Hamburg, GER)
Opening Conference

Economic and Legal Challenges in the Advent of Smart Products

4 – 6 October 2021
Convenors: Herbert Dawid (Bielefeld, GER), Sabine Gless (Basel, SUI), Gerd Muehlheusser (Hamburg, GER)

Smart products, such as smart household appliances, smart health devices or highly automated vehicles, are increasingly finding their way into everyday life. These products raise a number of economic and legal challenges, e.g. regarding product development, consumer acceptance, data privacy and data security, liability and regulation. The main aim of the ZiF research group is to investigate these topics in more detail, and the opening conference offers a platform for disciplinary and interdisciplinary exchange. Apart from contributed papers, the conference will feature two keynotes by Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Eric Talley (Columbia University, New York) as well as a panel discussion with experts from various fields.

The public conference will be held in a hybrid format. Researchers and interested parties are cordially invited to attend online.

Event Program

Monday, 4 October
11:30 Registration
12:00 Lunch / Welcome Address by the Convenors of the Research Group
13:00 – 15.00 Liability in Human-Robot Interaction
Michael Faure (Maastricht, Netherlands), Katri Havu (Helsinki, Finland), Shu Li* (Helsinki, Finland): Liability Rules for AI-related Harms: Law and Economics Lessons for a European Approach
Alice Guerra* (Bologna, Italy) / Francesco Parisi (Minneapolis, USA) / Daniel Pi (Saint Paul, USA): Liability for Robots (via Zoom)
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee, Tea & Cake Break
15:30 – 17:30 AI in the Court Room
Hendrik Hüning / Lydia Mechtenberg / Huyen Nguyen / Arna Wömmel* (Hamburg, Germany): Normative Preferences over AI System Design in Criminal Courts: A Vignette Study
Benjamin Chen (Hong Kong) / Alexander Stremitzer* (Zurich, Switzerland) / Kevin Tobia (Washington, USA): Having your Day in Robot Court
17:45 – 18:45 Keynote
Eric Talley (New York, USA): Autonomous Vehicles and Legal Liability: Another Revolution in the Making?
19:00 Director's Reception at ZiF, Véronique Zanetti (Executive Director of ZiF)

Tuesday, 5 October
8:30 – 10:30 Liability and Agency
Aileen Nielsen (Zurich, Switzerland): A Duty to Thwart Attacks? The Case of Adversarial Machine Learning (via Zoom)
Klaus Heine* (Rotterdam, Netherlands) / Alberto Quintavalla* (Rotterdam, Netherlands): Smart Products or Smart Slaves?
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Tea Break
11:00 – 13:00 Data Privacy
Kemi Omotubora (Lagos, Nigeria): Privacy Challenges of Consumer Smart Products: A Case study of Wearable healthcare IoTs
Tim Friehe (Marburg, Germany), Leonie Gerhards (Hamburg, Germany), Franziska Weber* (Rotterdam, Netherlands): Keep Them Out of It! How Concerns for Others' Privacy Influence the Willingness to Sell Personal Data
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Liability for highly Automated Vehicles
Subhajit Basu (Leeds, United Kingdom): Liability and Regulations of Partially Automated Vehicles: Consent dilemma (via Zoom)
Urs Schweizer (Bonn, Germany): Accident Liability and Autonomous Vehicles
16:00 – 17:00 Coffee, Tea & Cake Break
17:00 – 18:00 Panel: How far should we go with Smart Products?
Wolfram Burgard (Freiburg, Germany), Marit Hansen (Kiel, Germany), Justus Haucap (Dusseldorf, Germany), Ingo Kaiser (Paderborn, Germany), Tommaso Valletti (London, United Kingdom)
Moderator: Eva Wolfangel (Stuttgart, Germany)
19:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 6 October
9:00 – 11:00 Consumer Acceptance of Smart Products
Nicola Bilstein / Melina Schleef* / Paul Schrader / Christian Stummer (Bielefeld, Germany): To remain Smart or to become Dumb (again): How the Legal Obligation to provide Updates for Smart Products impacts Consumers' Behavioral Intentions (via Zoom)
Sebastian Krügel* / Matthias Uhl (Munich, Germany): IoT Solutions in Occupational Health: A Vignette-based Acceptance Study in Germany
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee & Tea Break
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote
Mireille Hildebrandt (Brussels, Belgium): AI Liability and the Ideologies of Traditional Law and Economics
12:30 Farewell Lunch / Departure
* speaker; all times given are CET

For further questions and for further information, please contact Nadine Sutmöller via smart-products@uni-bielefeld.de .

To register, please contact Trixi Valentin via trixi.valentin@uni-bielefeld.de .