A Philosophy and Computer Science Workshop 
on notions of responsibility to support agent decision making

20 September - 22 September 2023
University of Manchester


Formalising Responsibility is a three-day in-person inter-disciplinary workshop presented in collaboration between the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester. The workshop seeks to bring together philosophers and computer scientists in-person to discuss the notions of responsibility in relation to autonomous systems.

The last decade has seen an intense increase in the usage of algorithmic decision-making in everyday life. As this technology is becoming more present in our lives, a seemingly never-ending storm of questions surrounding responsibility has naturally arisen. What are the different notions of responsibility and in what ways can these concepts be codified or made programmable? How does responsibility work in relation to task management in groups featuring multiple agents? Who is responsible for the outputs of autonomous decision-makers? And many more.

The technological developments are blurring the lines between research in philosophy and computer science. As such, this workshop seeks to be a platform for innovative inter-disciplinary conversations and as well as provide an opportunity to take a bold leap forward for future philosophy and computer science inter-disciplinary work.


Formalising Responsibility is a workshop presented by the UKRI-funded ‘The Computational Agent Responsibility’ project. The project is a collaboration between the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester focusing on inter-disciplinary work in philosophy and computer science on the topic of responsibility of autonomous systems.