Co-Principal Investigator

Ryan Jenkins, PhD

Ryan Jenkins is a professor of philosophy and a senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He studies the ethics of emerging technologies, especially automation, cyber war, autonomous weapons, and driverless cars. His work has appeared in journals such as Ethics & Information Technology, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and the Journal of Military Ethics, as well as public fora including the Washington Post, Slate and Forbes.

Co-Principal Investigator

Duncan Purves, PhD

Duncan Purves is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the ethical dimensions of emerging technologies, especially decision-making aided by artificial intelligence. He has published his work in leading philosophy and ethics journals including Philosophical Studies, Ethics & Information Technology, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

Senior Personnel

Faculty Associate

Juan Gilbert, PhD

Juan E. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. Dr. Gilbert has research interest in Human-Centered AI, machine learning, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, and Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing). He is the inventor of Applications Quest. Applications Quest is a patented AI used in admissions, scholarships and hiring decisions to select qualified applicants while maintaining diversity. He has published more than 180 articles, given more than 250 talks and obtained more than $28 million dollars in research funding. He is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Faculty Associate

Keith Abney, ABD

Keith Abney is a senior lecturer in the Philosophy Department and a senior fellow at the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His work focuses on the ethics of emerging technologies, especially ethics and moral reasoning in robots and other autonomous systems in various domains, from space to autonomous vehicles. He has published in other areas of technology ethics, such as AI risk assessment, cyberwarfare, space colonization, and enhancement bioethics, and his work has appeared in public fora such as the Communications of the ACM, Slate, BBC World Radio,, and others. He co-edited both Robot Ethics (MIT Press, 2012) and Robot Ethics 2.0 (OUP, 2017).

Faculty Associate

Patrick Lin, PhD

Patrick Lin is the director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly, where he is a full philosophy professor. He is currently affiliated with Stanford Law School, the 100 Year Study on AI, Czech Academy of Sciences, Center for a New American Security, and the World Economic Forum. Previous affiliations include: Stanford’s School of Engineering, US Naval Academy, Univ. of Notre Dame, Dartmouth, UNIDIR, and the Fulbright specialist program (Univ. of Iceland). Prof. Lin is well published in technology ethics—especially related to security and defense—and is regularly invited to provide briefings on the subject to industry, media, and government.


University of Colorado Boulder

David Boonin, Ph.D.

David Boonin, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Boonin’s research focuses on the areas of applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history of ethics.

Rutgers University

Joel Caplan, Ph.D.

Joel Caplan, PhD, is a professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Caplan’s research focuses on geographic information systems (GIS), risk assessment, crime prevention, policing, and police-community relations.

Florida International University

Clinton Castro, Ph.D.

Clinton Castro, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Florida International University. His published work focuses on issues in ethics and epistemology, mostly within the context of emerging technologies.

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Nick Evans, Ph.D.

Nick Evans, PhD, is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Evans’ research focuses on national security, emerging technologies, and the ethics of infectious disease, with a focus on clinical and public health decision making during disease pandemics.

University of the District of Columbia

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, J.D.

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, JD, LLM, is Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. He is a national expert on juries, predictive policing, and the Fourth Amendment.

University of Essex

Katerina Hadjimatheou, Ph.D.

Katerina Hadjimatheou, PhD, is a criminologist and applied philosopher working on the ethical aspects of technological developments and the use of data in security, policing, and criminal justice. She chairs a police force ethics committee in the UK and is a member of ethics committees of the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police.

University of New South Wales

Lyria Bennett Moses, J.S.D.

Lyria Bennett Moses, JSD, LLM, LLB, BSc (Hons), is Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney and Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation. She is an expert on law and technological change, legal and policy issues for artificial intelligence, and legal and policy issues for the use of data analytics for law enforcement and national security.

University of California, Los Angeles

Andrew Selbst, J.D.

Andrew Selbst, JD, is an assistant professor at UCLA School of Law. His research examines the relationship between law, technology, and society.

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