Conference | AI Robotics in Healthcare: A challenge for law and tech?

17 and 18 April

On the 17 and 18 April 2023, NOVA School of Law and VdA – Vieira de Almeida will receive the conference «AI Robotics in Healthcare: A Challenge for Law and Tech?». The event results from the joint organization of WhatNext.Law and the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL), from the University of Oslo.

The conference will deal with several topics related to the use of robotics based on artificial intelligence in the health domain, including data protection, liability (civil and criminal) for harm caused, roboethics, digital governance, medical deontology, IP rights, the fundamental right to health, amongst many other topics. Students from all levels are invited to submit their abstracts.

The conference will also mark the official launching of the FutureHealth, the research branch of WhatNext.Law focused on new technologies and innovation in the health domain.


17 April

On April 17 we will count with the participation of some of the greatest experts, national and international, in the fields of medical law and digital law. In this session, speakers will share their insights on the use of ‘intelligent robots’ – AI-based robotics – in healthcare, namely issues such as the European legal framework on robotics and artificial intelligence, liability for damages and the risks of automation.

This sessions will be held in English and will take place between 9am and 5pm, at NOVA School of Law, Campolide Campus (Lisbon), Room 7.

9:00 am | Opening Session

Pedro Saraiva, Vice-Rector of NOVA University Lisbon

9:20 am | Opening Notes
9:30 am| Panel I

Lee Andrew Bygrave, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

«Artificial Intelligence: past, present and future»
João Leite, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon

«Smart healthcare robotics within the security regulation matrix»
Lee Andrew Bygrave, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

«Therapy without Therapists: Human-Robot Interaction under the EU Medical Device Regulation and the Artificial Intelligence Act»
Martin Ebers, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu

11:00 am | Coffee Break
11:30 am | Panel II

Helena Pereira de Melo, NOVA School of Law

«Healthcare Harm, Artificial Apologies and Robotic Redress»
Oliver Quick, Faculty of Law, University of Bristol

«Traditional criminal law categories and AI: adapt or perish?»
Athina Sachoulidou, NOVA School of Law, NOVA University Lisbon

«Is ‘unexplainable’ and non-transparent AI affecting healthcare delivery?»
Vera Lúcia Raposo, NOVA School of Law, NOVA University Lisbon

1:00 pm | Lunch
2:30 pm | Panel III

: Tobias Mahler, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

«Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Its Use in Oncology»
Leonardo Vanneschi, NOVA Information Management School, NOVA University Lisbon

«Regulatory steps towards robot autonomy in healthcare settings»
Tobias Mahler, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

«The Economics of Digital Health: Opportunities and Challenges»
Pedro Pitta Barros, Nova School of Business & Economics, NOVA University Lisbon

4:00 pm | Coffee Break
4:30 pm | Students’ Panel

: Nausica Palazzo, NOVA School of Law

6:30 pm | Closing remarks

Margarida Lima Rego, Dean NOVA School of Law, NOVA University Lisbon

18 April

On April 18, a brainstorming session will take place between the main market players on the development and production of medical devices, as well as on healthcare delivery. The aim of this session will be to understand how far these new technologies have been introduced in the Portuguese scenario and what are the main challenges they are facing.

 This session will take place between 9am and 12pm, at the António de Magalhães Cardoso Auditorium, VdA, in English.

8:45 am | Accreditation & Welcome Coffee
9:15 am | Opening Session

Paulo Pinheiro, VdA – Vieira de Almeida

9:20 am | WhatNext.Law – FutureHealth

Vera Lúcia Raposo, NOVA School of Law, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

9:50 am | Round Table

«A view on challenges for developers»
Moderation: Francisca Paulouro, Vieira de Almeida

  • Martin Ebbers, Universidade de Tartu
  • Inês Caldas Almeida, Novo Nordisk
  • Sandra Mateus, Microsoft
10:40 pm | Coffee Break
11:00 am | Round Table

«A view on challenges for healthcare providers»
Moderation: Pedro Fontes, Vieira de Almeida

  • Oliver Quick, University of Bristol
  • Micaela Monteiro, CUF
  • Nuno André da Silva, Luz Saúde
  • Sofia Rocha, Lusíada
11:15 am | Closing Remarks

Tiago Bessa, VdA – Vieira de Almeida