DI Webinar – Lachlan Urquhart

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Regulation by Design for Smart Technologies

In this talk, I will present insights from my interdisciplinary research agenda that examines the intersection between regulation and design of emerging smart technologies. There are regulatory concerns emerging from a variety of AI and Internet of Things systems around privacy, surveillance, security, sustainability, ethics, and fundamental rights. Recent case studies in my work include emotion and facial recognition systems in workplaces, cars, and policing; and consumer IoT in smart homes and urban spaces. I will consider the relationship between technology, law, and design and the emerging strategies that seek to address socio-technical harms and risks through design e.g., legislation for trustworthy AI systems creating mandatory design and development requirements for high-risk systems.


Dr Lachlan Urquhart is a Senior Lecturer in Technology Law and Human-Computer Interaction and Co-Director of the Scottish Research Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology Law (SCRIPT). His main research interests are in the socio-technical aspects of designing, living with, and regulating emerging information technologies. He has a multidisciplinary background in computer science (PhD) and law (LL.B; LL.M) and he has studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, and Nottingham. He has published over 50 papers in leading venues in computing, law, and ethics and he is currently Principal Investigator for the EPSRC ‘Fixing the Future: Right to Repair and Equal-IoT’ project, and Co-Investigator on the ESRC Emotional AI in Smart Cities project, EPSRC Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Governance Node, and various projects in the EPSRC Horizon Trusted Data Driven Products hub.


Running Order

16.00 – Welcome by John Vines and Susan Lechelt

16.10 – Talk by Lachlan Urquhart

16.40 – Q&A

17.00 – End

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