Deborah Morgan, from ART-AI cohort 2, has recently come back from the Shonan Workshop in Japan. She writes about her trip:
“I attended the Shonan Workshop in Japan (27th February – 2nd March 2023) hosted by the National Institute of Informatics (NII). It was organised by Julian Padget and Marina De Vos from ART-AI, together with Ken Satoh from NII and Sabrina Kirrane from Vienna University of Economics and Business Institute for Information Systems and New Media. It was a real privilege to attend and contribute to the workshop as an early career researcher. It was also a fantastic example of interdisciplinary working as the workshop brought together an international group of researchers to discuss the modelling and reasoning of policies. It fostered deep discussion and collaboration between legal scholars, logicians and semantic web practitioners and a follow-up meeting in a few years is being discussed.
I attended the meeting to discuss my PhD research exploring AI regulation and specifically my work on regulatory sandboxes. I shared my work and the feedback and examples I discussed with other academics have been very valuable to my developing research. The workshop was also such a great example, and model, of interdisciplinary working and I gained a real insight into a range of areas including the field of legal informatics. Working with real problem examples was also a great way to explore the variety of fields and to deepen my own knowledge. I also made a number of useful connections and have already been able to participate in a project that came from collaborations made at Shonan.
Overall, it was a highly valuable trip and a great chance to collaborate with a range of international researchers!”