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Welcome to ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiatives

ROBOLAW.ASIA | Tohoku Initiative for Robotics, Law & Policy was founded at Aobayama (青葉山) in 2017. It is also known as a cross-field research project under the Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS), Tohoku University.
Since 2004, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has published a series of Robot Policy Guidelines which address business and safety issues for “Next Generation Robots”. They predicted a “Human-Robot Coexistence Society” that will emerge by 2030. However, it is a step-by-step gradual process for these robots entering into the everyday lives of people. We believe that intelligent robots will be the next revolutionary technology after PCs and the Internet. Hence, we established ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiatives to investigate the intersection between artificial intelligence & law. Our main objective is to minimize risks from robots to an acceptable range. Currently we are working in close cooperation with Smart Robots Design Lab, Tohoku University, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems and its sibling ROBOLAW.ASIA (YSAiL) which was established at Changchunyuan (畅春园) in 2012. In addition, another objective of ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiatives is to understand how the AI technology might enhance academic research and judicial practice of law.

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About the Principle Investigator

  • Dr. Yueh-Hsuan Weng: Assistant Professor, Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS), Tohoku University [HP]
  • Address: Aramaki aza Aoba 6-3, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578, Japan
  • E-mail: y.weng@srd.mech.tohoku.ac.jp
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Media for ROBOLAW.ASIA


  • "《以伦理为基础的设计》-在人工智能及自主系统中将人类福祉摆在优先地位的愿景(第一版)", IEEE China / IEEE 中国, 03.21.2017 [LINK]
  • "机器伦理中的技术挑战", RoboticsChina 机器人网, 02.22.2017 [LINK]
  • "Robot rights: at what point should an intelligent machine be considered a ‘person’?", The Conversation, 02.07.2017 [LINK]
  • "WRC2016 世界机器人大会「人工智能的法律与政策」专题论坛在北京举行", Legal Daily 法制网, 10.25.2016 [LINK]
  • "Opilec zranil robota, jak ho soudit?", ScienceMag.cz, 06.30.2016 [LINK]
  • “无人驾驶入法前尚需过四关 或出现事故责任分配新体系”, Legal Weekly 法治周末, 03.15.2016 [LINK]
  • "Save the Ugly Robots!", Slate, 01.19.2016 [LINK]
  • "چرا روبات ها باید توانایی ” نافرمانی ” داشته باشند", Techera, 12.07.2015 [LINK]
  • "Robots must learn to say 'no' for your own safety", Business Insider, 12.04.2015 [LINK]
  • "Investigador quer direitos legais para robots", Noticias ao Minuto, 11.11.2015 [LINK]
  • "This researcher has an interesting theory for why robots need legal rights", Business Insider, 11.10.2015 [LINK]
  • "A drunk man's assault on a robot raises unusual legal issues", The Daily Dot, 10.06.2015 [LINK]
  • "술 취한 사람이 인간형 로봇을 발로 찬 사건이 제기하는 법적 문제", MIRIAN, 10.06.2015 [LINK]
  • "Bębado chuta robô e julgamento pode definir nosso futuro ao lado de máquinas inteligentes", GALILEU, 10.06.2015 [LINK]
  • "Robotitevastane vägivald nőuab uut moraalikoodeksit", ERR.ee, 10.06.2015 [LINK]
  • "Researcher says robots need to be protected by the law", GEARFUSE, 10.05.2015 [LINK]
  • "Opilec nakopl robota, schopného císt lidské emoce", Žádná velká veda, 10.04.2015 [LINK]
  • "Asiakkaan tuhoisa raivokohtaus sai asiantuntijat pohtimaan: "Pitäisikö humanoidirobotteja varten olla ihan uudenlaista lainsäädäntöä?"", T&T, 10.03.2015 [LINK]
  • "Clovek napadl humanoidního robota a byl zaVíce na", E15, 10.03.2015 [LINK]
  • "Incident of drunk man kicking humanoid robot raises legal questions", Phys.Org, 10.02.2015 [LINK]
  • " La rete per il libero accesso al diritto", Almanacco della Scienza, 01.28.2015 [LINK]
  • "Robot in China: The Bot Connection", CKGSB Knowledge 长江商学院评论, 11.11.2014 [LINK]
  • "自動運転車は故意に人をはねることが許されるか?「ロボットと法」の議論を急げ ", Diamond Weekly 週刊ダイヤモンド, 06.10.2014 [LINK]
  • "Robot jurisprudence: How to judge a ’bot; why it’s covered", The Economist, 09.25.2014 [LINK]
  • "Foreign firms tighten their grip on Chinese robotics", China Economic Review 中国经济评论, 01.16.2014 [LINK]
  • "Beyond Asimov: the struggle to develop a legal framework for robots", WIRED, 02.18.2013 [LINK]
  • "The Global Race to Robot Law: 5th Place, China", Robotics Business Review, 10.19.2012 [LINK]
  • "You, Robot?", The Economist, 09.01.2012 [LINK]
  • "żSon Seguros Los Robots?", QUO, 06.16.2010 [LINK]
  • "Ni homme ni machine", Philosophie, 09.01.2009 [LINK]
  • "「ロボット倫理学」の現在:ロボットの責任や精神病もテーマに", WIRED, 07.30.2009 [LINK]
  • "Újra kell írni a robotika három törvényét", Index.Hu, 07.28.2009 [LINK]
  • "Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov’s 3 Laws", WIRED, 07.22.2009 [LINK]
  • "研究人员尝试建立机器人法律框架", People’s Daily 人民网, 06.29.2009 [LINK]
  • "机器人社会需要超越机器人三定律", Solidot 奇客, 06.23.2009 [LINK]
  • "Living Safely with Robots, Beyond Asimov's Laws", Phys.Org, 06.22.2009 [LINK]
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