Artificial Intelligence Policy at IEEE

April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm America/New York Timezone
MITRE Corporation - Building S
202 Burlington Rd
Bedford, MA 01730

Robotics and Automation Society and Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN)

The Boston SPIN Software Process Improvement Network, a forum for free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas, is presenting a talk by Maura K. Moran, Esq., Partner, Cambridge Technology Law LLC, on the IEEE activities in the area of AI policy development, particularly in how ethics impacts AI policy development.

The talk will be on April 17, 2017 at The MITRE Corporation, Building S, 202 Burlington Rd. (Rt. 62), Bedford, MA 01730.

The evening schedule is:
6:00-6:45 Networking, FREE PIZZA and Roundtables
6:45-7:00 Opening Announcements
7:00-8:20 Featured Presentation
8:20-8:30 Closing Announcements

Boston SPIN meetings are free. No RSVP is necessary, but you will need to present a Picture ID in the lobby. Any large items you bring will be opened and inspected by security. All attendees must leave the building by 8:30pm.

In addition, foreign nationals planning to attend this Boston SPIN meeting should email Ken Palmer,, or Roy Lane,, at least 10 days before the meeting (MITRE security rule); and they should also bring both a picture ID and visa/”Green Card” information to present to the MITRE Security Department in the lobby.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the theory and development of computer systems to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, is an emerging technology with significant potential to provide worldwide social good, enhance national security, and revolutionize the commercial marketplace. However, AI’s successful incorporation into society will require a careful consideration of the many impacts that AI will have world-wide, in the workforce, public safety, privacy and economic areas.

Coordinated national and international policy will be needed to drive the secure, full adoption of AI technology worldwide. IEEE, the world’s largest technological professionals’ association, through its initiatives in Global Public Policy and European Public Policy, and through IEEE-USA, is advocating to encourage governments to take a leading role in setting effective AI strategies.

At the presentation, we will discuss the world-wide impacts that AI are expected to have and the ethical challenges that incorporating AI into society raises. We will also discuss the elements of a long-term ethically-based AI strategy that will foster a robust AI industry (including a well-qualified AI workforce), support AI-related R&D, ensure public safety and public acceptance of AI, and, especially in the case of IEEE-USA, that will promote an AI-friendly environment in the U.S. to ensure the continued leadership of the U.S. in AI.


Maura K. Moran, a partner at Cambridge Technology Law, Cambridge, MA, holds a B.S. Mathematics from the University of Dayton, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and has completed graduate coursework in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University.

Maura advises on Intellectual Property (IP), technology transfer, licensing, and strategic alliances. She conducts patent prosecution for software and AI-related technologies, and is registered to practice law in MA and at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Maura is an active volunteer with the IEEE. She was the 2016 – 2017 Vice President for Government Relations for IEEE-USA, which advocates to the U.S. Government on behalf of the more than 180,000 U.S. members of the IEEE, and is a current member of the (AI&ASPC) IP Policy Committee and the AI&ASPC. Currently, Maura is a candidate for IEEE-USA’s 2019 President-Elect. She is also active with the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Venture Café, which supports the global innovation community through programs, mentoring, and networking.