AI Society 4.0: from Earth to Space

Note: registrations for this course are closed

Societies are changing. Artificial intelligence (AI) challenges our status quo due to its multiple benefits but also due to the risks posed by an active implementation of this advanced technology in our daily lives. 

AI transforms multiple industries from healthcare, retail, or legal services. It has a significant influence on aspects related to climate change and space exploration. 

Course days11-15 January 2021 - registrations for this course are closed
Course levelMaster, PhD candidates and professionals from all disciplines 
Coordinating lecturerProf. Mr. Arno LodderIoana BratuTina van der Linden
Other lecturersTo be announced
Forms of tuitionOnline lectures, interactive sessions, discussion boards 
Forms of assessmentShort paper
Credits3 ECTS
Contact hours25 hours
Tuition feeRead all information about our tuition fees and what's included here  
How to applyFind our application form here 
This course is for Master’s and PhD students as well as professionals with various disciplinary backgrounds such as law, economics, business administration, sociology, and computer science. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Societies are changing. Artificial intelligence (AI) challenges our status quo due to its multiple benefits but also due to the risks posed by an active implementation of this advanced technology in our daily lives. 
AI transforms multiple industries from healthcare, retail, or legal services. It has a significant influence on aspects related to climate change and space exploration. 
Given such various applications, a series of fundamental question arise:

- How are regulators balancing the need of protecting citizens without hindering innovation? 
- Can AI help fight climate change?
- How can we ensure designing AI for social good?
- Should the use of autonomous weapons be permitted or prohibited by law?
- Can AI mitigate cybersecurity risks?
- How is AI being used for space exploration? Is Space Law challenged by the increasing use of AI?

In such context, the course proposes a multidisciplinary approach in what concerns the concept of AI. We invite our participants to embark on a holistic journey composed of a critical analysis of AI implications, from Earth to Space. On Earth we will analyse the ethical and legal dimensions of AI, comparing the European landscape with international landscapes. We will focus on real life applications of AI in both digital and physical worlds. Further, we will travel to Space and we will get acquainted with recent trends, such as NewSpace, while we seek to identify how Space Law applies in the era of advanced autonomous AI.

In order to accomplish the course goals, a variety of industry professionals and researchers will provide up to date strategic insights. The course materials are highly revered publications in the form of academic research papers. Recent case studies will also be discussed and interpreted in class.

This course is offered by Amsterdam Law and Technology Institute, an innovative multidisciplinary hub, part of the Law Faculty. The topics presented during this Winter Course are closely related to the Summer Course, Disruptive 4.0: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Artificial Intelligence, offered each year, in July, by the same Institute. 

The summer and winter course can be followed individually but for a comprehensive overview on multidisciplinary aspects related to AI, we recommend students attending both courses. 

Arno R. Lodder
is a professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, part of Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute. . He also acts as Of Counsel at SOLV lawyers, a reputed ICT law firm in the Netherlands, and he is a member of AMSEC, the Amsterdam Cyber Security Center, that brings together experts from a variety of disciplines to study all aspects of cyber security.
In his research and lecturing he focuses on topics related to law and internet, such as liability, contracting, security, privacy, freedom of speech, cybercrime; and phenomena related to big data, social media, cyberwar, internet of things, smart devices and apps.

Ioana Bratu is a PhD researcher and a lecturer, part of the Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute. She has previously worked as a corporate lawyer for international law firms and as an entrepreneur, being founder of her boutique law firm. She holds an Executive MBA degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. 

In her research and teaching she focuses on Governance and Liability of Artificial Intelligence and their intersections with Space Law. She is also a Legal Expert in capacity-building & knowledge sharing projects developed by VU Amsterdam in collaboration with Universitas Indonesia.

Tina van der Linden
is an assistant professor in Law, Ethics and Technology, part of Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute. She now teaches courses on Robot, AI and Law, and on the legal challenges of the use of Blockchain technology. She has been involved in the field of IT law ever since the mid-eighties of the previous century. She successfully defended her PhD on the theoretical assumptions underlying legal expert systems in 1994. In her lectures and research she covers a broad range of topics in Technology Law, including, among others, data protection, privacy, freedom of expression, e-commerce, cybercrime, the position of intermediaries in internet communication, algorithmic decision making, self driving cars, care robots and sex robots. She has been and is involved in the supervision of various PhD students.

  • John C. Havens, Executive Director, Emerging Technology & Strategic Development, Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE 
  • Benjamin Koo, Associate Professor of industrial engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Andrei Sapera, Marketing & Business Analyst / ICE Cubes Service, Space Applications Services NV/SA
  • Matthias Biniok, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science at IBM Watson | Space Tech at IBM | Co-Founder at Kubuni UG
  • Christopher Stone, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saint Andrews
  • David Rossati, Assistant Professor EU Law & Climate Change, Vrije Universiteit, Transnational Legal Studies 
  • Bethany Houghton, Lecturer Legal Tech, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute
  • Joeri Toet, ICT & Privacy Lawyer
  • Ilse Verdiesen, Lieutenant colonel in the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces and part-time PhD student at Delft University of Technology

The organizing institute of this course, ALTI would like to offer all those who are interested the opportunity to join the course, no matter where you are from or what your situation is. ALTI therefore offers a number of scholarships to interested participants.

In order to apply for a scholarship, you need to fill out our online scholarship application form before 1 December 2020. For your scholarship application we request the following documents:

- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

- An essay which expresses your motivation and activities to make a positive contribution to your community/the society (350-500 words). Please indicate:  

  • Why participation in this specific VU Graduate Winter School course is relevant to your personal, professional and/or academic goals;  
  • How you will use this knowledge to make a positive impact in the future for yourself and your community.

- Professional Letter of Reference Including:  

  • Their experience working with you (either in an academic, professional, or volunteer setting)  
  • Their motivation for recommending you for the scholarship  
  • Complete contact information 

Application procedure 

Please submit the following form and upload the needed documents.  

The results of the scholarship selection will be announced mid-December. Since we have a limited number of scholarships available for a large number of applicants, we suggest - if possible! - to complete your payment at the time of your course application to guarantee your place in the course. However, if you are not able to come without the scholarship, you can just wait until the announcement. If you would like to come, regardless of whether you will be granted the scholarship, it is best to secure your place in the course by completing your payment. If the scholarship is granted to you, the tuition fee will be reimbursed.