The Ethics Center works with individuals, departments and organizations to host innovative events and workshops focusing on professional ethics, the ethics of emerging technologies, and a host of other topics. See below for upcoming events and workshops, as well as a summary of some of our recent events from the past few years.
Informed Experiences, Designing Consent
Informed Experiences, Designing Consent was a one-day symposium on the intersections of consent and design of interactive media and technology. This event brought together researchers, scholars, practitioners, designers, and users to consider the implications of theoretical, social, and material aspects of consent and design. Some topics included consent as it applies to game design, user agreements, user experience, and pedagogy. This event emphasized theory and practice, structured on an iterative process of Learn, Make, Reflect. Here, participants listened to a panel on the topic of consent and design, then moved to a group maker breakout session to design based off key concepts from the panel and returned together to reflect on the process. We then repeated the cycle to iterate upon these designs. Show me more
Responsible Conduct of Research
The Office of Research Compliance, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, offered a lecture titled “Responsible Publication Practices” on Friday, April 5 from 2–4 PM in Wichnick Hall Room 113. A brief abstract of the lecture is included below. The lecture was a part of Illinois Institute of Technology’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Policy, and featured a presentation by Associate Professor Emily E. Anderson, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Healthcare Leadership, Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago.
Abstract: “Publication of your scientific work is not just necessary for career advancement, it is a professional ethical obligation. While writing and submitting a paper for publication may seem straightforward, there are many challenges, and potential missteps that may ultimately result in research misconduct. This session will review best practices for determining authorship, citing references appropriately, avoiding plagiarism, and navigating the process of selecting a journal and peer review process.”
Chicago High School Ethics Bowl Regional Competition
On January 26, 2019, 18 teams from nine Chicago area high schools took part in the fourth annual Chicago Regional High School Ethics Bowl. The teams participated in three rounds during which they discussed eight different cases dealing with issues of gun violence and gerrymandering, to whether universities should accept private money when donors have political agendas attached to their donations. Metea Valley High School from Aurora took first place, with Oak Park River Forest coming in second place after an exciting final match.
Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl Competition
On November 17, 2018, Illinois Tech hosted the Upper Midwest Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition with 30 teams from 20 schools from around the Midwest. An incredible group of faculty, students and staff of Illinois Tech volunteered to help run the event, as well as a large number of professionals from the Chicago area.
IEEE Engineering Ethics Workshop
Ethics in engineering has always been a topic of importance, particularly to those of us who practice engineering. We are torn between simply doing our jobs, and meeting the requests or demands of a company’s management. If we work for a company that holds itself and its employees to high ethical standards, there should not be a conflict. But what if this is not the case for the company that employs us, or what if middle or lower managers deviate from a company’s ethical position? How should we as engineers react?
This workshop, co-sponsored by the IEEE Chicago Professional Communications Society and Illinois Tech's IEEE Student Chapter featured Howard Wolfman, a member of IEEE who has held numerous positions and written a number of papers on societal implications of technology, as the keynote speaker, and asked participants to discuss guidelines for ethical behavior from several engineering societies and participate in a case study about the ethics of autonomous vehicles.
Brain-Based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology
This workshop sought to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience and computer science. It reflected on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence and also how both can be combined in neurotechnology. Based on this, the workshop explored the ethical and social implications that arise in AI and neurotechnology. We are using the term ‘brain-based’ intelligence to encompass both human and non-human animal intelligence. The workshop aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, practitioners, and scholars around these questions.