Trust and cyber physical systems

Date & time

9am–12pm Monday 2 July 2018


Canberry-Springbank Room

132A Lennox Crossing, The Australian National University


Rob Hanson, Senior Honorary Fellow, ANU 3A Institute


For interstate visitors, we offer suggestions for accommodation near ANU.


Thomas Biedermann

Presented by 3A Institute, National Security College and ANU College of Law

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This is the first in a series of workshops examining the intersection of cyber physical systems and the law which includes topics on anti-trust, regulation, surveillance and autonomy. The Session 1 workshop will explore trust in different contexts and under different conditions. These may be physical or virtual, involving transactions or interactions, between humans or entities that are natural, legal, financial, digital, regulatory, hypothetical or even fictional. As online platforms and distributed networks play an increasingly important role in directing human relationships (or simply act on our behalf), it is important to characterise and examine trust as a function, an enabler, a precondition, and as a core value that underpins our social selves.

This workshop series is part of the research agenda of The Australian National University’s first Innovation Institute, the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, which is seeking to build a new applied science for the design of cyber physical systems that conform with ethical, legal and cultural values. These workshops are designed to raise critical questions about the nature of emerging technology from a legal perspective. The desired outcomes of these workshops are the generation of insights and research questions into the dynamics between the law and automation.

Places are limited to 30 people. 


  • Rob Hanson »

    Senior Honorary Fellow at the ANU 3A Institute under the direction of Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell. Rob is also a senior research consultant at Data61 | CSIRO.  Rob has a background in public policy, information systems, emerging technology, strategic foresight, risk, security and assurance. He specialises in the policy implications of emerging technology. 

  • Dr Philippa Ryan »

    Barrister and Lecturer of Law at the University of Technology Sydney, who has extensive experience in law, technology, ethics and policy specialising in distributed and digital economies.

  • Kobi Leins »

    Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne who is examining whether the use of nanotechnology enhanced or based weapons is prohibited or limited in an armed conflict.

  • Christie Gardiner »

    Solicitor and Lecturer of Law at the ANU College of Law, whose research focusses on property, tort and human rights law aspects of life extension technologies including cryopreservation, neurotech and telexistence.

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