Addressing the Liability Impact

of Automated Systems


The ALIAS Conference

The ALIAS Conference is the annual event organized by the Project Consortium to address liability and automation in aviation and air traffic management, including the innovation challenges faced by the the SESAR Joint Undertaking. It gathers experts from different disciplines and  domains of activity to discuss  the many changes in  the allocation of liabilities resulting from the use of automation in complex socio-technical systems.

The first edition of the ALIAS Conference, entitled “A SESAR Innovation Challenge: Responsibilities, Liabilities and Automation in Aviation”, was held on June 14-15, 2012, and hosted by the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole (Florence, Italy). The videos of the Conference are available here, while the presentations are available here.

The second edition of the ALIAS Conference, entitled “Legal and Social Impact of Automated Systems in Aviation”, was held on October 1-2, 2014 and hosted by the European University Institute (EUI) in Villa La Fonte, Fiesole (Florence, Italy). The title highlighted a clear focus on aviation though not excluding relevant issues in other safety-critical domains to emerge. The term “social” covered all the issues that go beyond the legal problems, such as economic, psychological, philosophical and ethical aspects, in order to highlight that the increase of automation in aviation is not only about the technological innovation as such, but also about the people who either directly or indirectly are affected by the changes that the automation brings about. The Conference presentations are available here. Go to the playlist to virtually attend the Second ALIAS Conference any time you wish!

The third edition of the ALIAS Conference, entitled “Liabilities and Automation in Aviation: The case of RPAS and Collision Avoidance Systems”, was held on october 5-6 october 2015. The conference addressed liability and automation in air traffic management, with reference to the innovation challenge faced by the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Particular focus was given to two technologies of interest in the framework of the future paradigm shift: the new Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems (ACAS X) and the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). ALIAS took the opportunity to present the results of the legal analysis conducted on these technologies by means of the Legal Case, the novel methodology developed by the project to address the legal risk of new automated systems for aviation. The Conference presentations are available here. Go to the playlist to virtually attend the Third ALIAS Conference any time you wish!


06/04/2017 11:50:33

ALIAS project at the HUMANIST Summer School

The legal case developed within ALIAS will be presented at the next HUMANIST Summer School.

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