SOLAIR Conference 2019: Human Centric Artificial Intelligence

On 12 – 13 September 2019 the Institute of State and Law organized the second SOLAIR Conference 2019 (Society, Law, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics). This international conference wass organized under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic jointly by the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and Microsoft.

The conference brought together distinguished experts from policy, academia and business. Among others, we were honoured to welcome the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, representatives of the European Commission, members of High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence and EC expert group on New Technologies and Liability.

The main topic of the conference was Human Centric Artificial Intelligence, a concept which is based on the respect for fundamental human rights and values including the right to dignity, privacy as well as the principle of human autonomy. During the first day of the conference, the invited experts introduced Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI as well as Policy and Investment Recommendations, a business perspective on ethical issues and the future of AI and a non-paper on desirable future regulation of AI on the EU level was briefly discussed. The second day of the conference focused on specific legal topics related to AI, such as liability, setting up legal standards for AI, autonomous mobility, compulsory licences, decision-making processes and AI etc.

Details about the conference can be found at

About the CICeRo Project

This research project reflects on long-term research activities of the Institute in the area of law and information and communication technologies. Since 2001, the Institute has received a number of grant projects focused on electronic signatures, privacy protection in electronic communications, normative regulation of computer networks or regulation of biometric data. Lately, the Institute has been very active in the field of law related to autonomous systems, especially artificial intelligence and smart robotics.
A series of regular workshops and lectures has been organized each month since February 2017. These lectures have covered topics such as biometric data protection, liability of autonomous systems, cybersecurity, privacy in electronic communications, automated decision-making, neurolaw, energetics, blockchain, electronic signatures, etc.
The aim of this project is to further develop the field of information and communication law in the Czech Republic as well as to contribute to development of internationally harmonized legal solutions. Members of this research project participate for instance at the Platform for autonomous cars organized by the Czech Ministry of Transportation, or the Platform for artificial intelligence organized by the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. Head of the research project is also a member of the Expert group on New Technologies and Liability at the European Commission.