BA (UMich), PhD (Toronto)
Rm 225, Leonard S. Klinck Building
Vancouver, BC
phone: 6043127818

Having taught Philosophy and Computer Science at York Univ, Danielson came to UBC in 1990 as one of two founding faculty of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. Danielson’s research program of Artificial Morality combines computational (agent-based, evolutionary) modelling of more or less ethical agents with constructing computational spaces to support democratic decision making in ethics. He leads the NReasons research group, which is conducting experimental public participation evaluations of technologies ranging from biobanks to elder care robots as well as life extension and animal welfare.

COGS 300 Understanding & Designing Cognitive Systems

Danielson, Peter A. 2012. N-Reasons: Computer Mediated Ethical Decision Support for Public Participation. In Publics & Emerging Technologies: Cultures, Contexts, and Challenges, eds. E. Einsiedel, and K. O’Doherty, Vancouver: UBC Press.

Moon, AJung, Peter A. Danielson, and H.F. Machiel Van der Loos. 2012. Survey-based Discussions on Morally Contentious Applications of Interactive Robotics. International Journal of Social Robotics 1 – 20.

Fenwick, Nicole, Danielson, Peter, and Griffen, Gilly. “Survey of Canadian Animal-Based Researchers’ Views on the Three Rs: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement.” PLoS One 6, no. 8 (2011): e22478.

Danielson, Peter. “Prototyping N-Reasons: A Computer Mediated Ethics Machine.” In Machine Ethics, edited by M Anderson, and E. Anderson, 442 – 450. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Danielson, Peter. “Engaging the Public in the Ethics of Robots for War and Peace.” Philosophy & Technology 24 (2011): 239-49.

Ahmad, Rana, Bailey, Jennifer, and Danielson, Peter. “Analysis of an Innovative Survey Platform: Comparison of the Public’s Responses to Human Health and Salmon Genomics Surveys.” Public Understanding of Science 19, no. 2 (2010): 155-65.

Danielson, Peter A., Holly Longstaff, Rana Ahmad, H.F. Machiel Van der Loos, Ian M. Mitchell, Meeko M.K. Oishi, Meeko Oishi, and Ian Mitchell. “Case Study: An Assistive Technology Ethics Survey.” In Design and Use of Assistive Technology: Social, Technical, Ethical, and Economic Challenges, edited by Meeko Mitsuko K. Oishi, Ian M. Mitchell, and H.F. Machiel Van der Loos, 75 – 93. New York: Springer, 2010.

Danielson, Peter. “Designing a Machine to Learn About the Ethics of Robotics: The N-Reasons Platform.” Ethics and Information Technology 12, no. 3 (2010): 251-61.

Danielson, Peter. “Metaphors and Models for Data Mining Ethics.” In Social Implications of Data Mining and Information Privacy: Interdisciplinary Frameworks and Solutions, edited by Ephrem Eyob, 33 – 47. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2009.

Danielson, Peter A. “Can Robots Have a Conscience? Review of Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen, Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.” Nature 457, no. 29 (2009): 540.

Danielson, Peter, Mesoudi, Alex, and Stanev, Roger. “Nerd and Norms: Framework and Experiments.” Philosophy of Science 75, no. 5 (2008): 830-42.

Danielson, Peter. “Simple Games and Complex Ethics.” In Liberty, Games and Contracts, edited by Malcolm Murray, 103 – 114. Aldershot Hants, U.K.: Ashgate Press, 2007.

Danielson, Peter. “Monitoring Technology and Digital Governance.” In Information Security and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, edited by Hamid Nemati, 1504 – 1513. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2007.