The Panellists


Enrico Francesconi

IGSG-CNR and University of Florence

Enrico Francesconi is a Research Director at IGSG-CNR, the Institute for Legal Informatics and Judicial Studies of the National Research Council of Italy and, currently, he is a Policy Officer of the European Parliament. His main research interests include Semantic Web technologies for the legal domain, legal ontologies and knowledge representation, AI techniques for legal document classification and knowledge extraction, e-Government, e-Participation, semantic models for the document collections of the EU.


He has been Policy Officer of the European Commission - DG Publications Office, member of the Italian and European working groups defining XML and URI standards for legal documents and representative of the Italian Ministry of Justice in the e-Law Working Group of the Council of the European Union.

He is President of the Nominating Committee of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL). He was President IAAIL for the period 2020-2021 (Vice-President (2018-2019)) and Member of the Executive Committee (2014-2021). He is Section Editor on Ontology and Knowledge Representation of the Artificial Intelligence and Law journal (Springer), co-Editor in Chief of the Journal on Open Access to Law (Cornell University, Law School), Scientific Advisory Board Member of Law, Governance and Technology Series (Springer). 
He was Conference Chair of the Fourteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2013, Rome) and he is Program Chair of the 34th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (Jurix 2022).
He is contract professor of Information Retrieval and Semantic Web Technologies at the Computer Science Faculty of the University of Florence.


Edson Prestes

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul 

Edson Prestes is Full Professor at Institute of Informatics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is leader of the Phi Robotics Research Group and CNPq Research Fellow. He received his BSc in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pará (1996), Amazon, Brazil, and MSc (1999) and PhD (2003) in Computer Science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Edson is Senior Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) and IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA). Over the past years, he has been working on several initiatives related to Standardisation, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Ethics. For instance, Edson is Member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma; Member of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; South America Ambassador at IEEE TechEthics; Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA 7007 - Ontologies for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems Working Group (IEEE 7007 WG); Vice-Chair of the IEEE RAS/SA Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group (ORA WG); Founding Chair of the IEEE South Brazil RAS Chapter; Past Associate Vice President on the IEEE RAS Industrial Activities Board; Member of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems; Member of the MIT/IEEE Global Council on Extended Intelligence; Advisor in the Carnegie AI & Equality Initiative at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Senior Advisor at The Future Society; Advisor at AI Policy Labs; Advisor at C Minds; Fellow at US EP3 Foundation; and so on.


Ruth Lewis

Technology Foresight

Ruth is an experienced strategic IT consultant, qualified futurist and professional engineer based in Melbourne, Australia, having worked across many industries, sectors and technologies with a particular focus on the innovative and ethical use of digital technology in business and in society. Ruth’s career has spanned 30 years developing and designing IT solutions for her clients, as a network engineer, senior technical consultant, solutions architect, business analyst and Technology Foresight professional. Her expertise is in introducing new technologies to business, creating managed services and creating innovative governance models within organisations. Ruth’s passion is to work towards the ethical and sustainable development and use of technology for the good of society, enabling her clients to make wise and informed decisions and investments today to enable their preferred futures.
Ruth is the Chair of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Standards Committee, is a member of the IEEE Standards Association’s AsiaPac Regional Advisory Group, is the Standards Coordinator for the IEEE SSIT Australia and IEEE Victorian Section, and was an active contributing member of the IEEE 7000TM-2021 Standard Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns during System Design. 


Rachel Hsiao-Wei Liu

Office of Medical Device Evaluation (OMDE), Center for Measurement Standards (CMS), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Hsiao-Wei Liu received the Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering and management from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 2012. She was a senior R&D engineer at R& D department of CCP Contact Probe Corp. Ltd. during 2012-2014. She was a Senior Engineer at the Intelligent Sensing System Technology Department, Center for Measurement Standards (CMS) in Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI), Hsinchu, Taiwan. She has been a principal investigator at Office Medical Device Evaluation (OMDE), CMS, ITRI, since from 2021. Her research interests include automated optical inspection(AOI), machine learning(ML), and industrial engineering(IE).


Stefano Pietropaoli

University of Florence

Stefano Pietropaoli is an associate professor at the University of Florence. In 2020 he obtained the national scientific entitlement as full professor of philosophy of law. From 2010 to 2021 he taught at the University of Salerno and since a.a. 2017-18 he is a professor at the Scuola Allievi Marescialli e Brigadieri dell'Arma dei Carabinieri. He graduated in Florence in law with honors discussing with Danilo Zolo a thesis on Carl Schmitt. In 2006 he obtained a PhD in Constitutional Justice at the Department of Public Law of Pisa. He has carried out research activities at the Universities of Florence, Brescia and Camerino, and at the Istituto di Teoria e Tecniche dell'Informazione Giuridica of the CNR. In 2007 he was one of the winners of the Cortona Colloquium of the Feltrinelli Foundation. He has lectured and participated in conferences at universities, institutions and research centers in Italy and abroad, including the Istituto italiano per gli studi filosofici, the Universidad de Cantabria, the Fondazione Italiana del Notariato, the Universidad de Oviedo, the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. He has held the position of Vocal for the Comisión General de Doctorado of the Universidad de Murcia.

He is a participant of the Hans Kelsen Laboratory at the University of Salerno. He is a member of the editorial staff and web-editor of "Jura Gentium. Journal of philosophy of international law and global politics", and founding member of the homonymous center. Member of the Steering Committee of the Rivista italiana di informatica e diritto, of the Scientific Committee of the Archivio storico-giuridico "Anselmo Cassani", of the IT Lab on "Diritto, Etica, Tecnologie" of CRID - Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale su Discriminazioni e vulnerabilità (UNIMORE). Member of the Carl-Schmitt-Gesellschaft. He joins the Cybersecurity National Lab of CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics).