Examining the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of a Driverless Future

This roundtable, hosted on Capitol Hill by Discovery Park, Purdue Policy Research Institute, and the Howard Baker Forum, featured academic, industry and legislative experts in an effort to make the informative discussion accessible to policymakers. 

Workshop Agenda (PDF)


What is the Current State of Connected and Autonomous Transportation Vehicles?
Moderated by Tomas Díaz de la Rubia.  Panelists: Andy Dubner, Business Leader of  3M's Connected Roads Program and innovation and policy leaders from leading automobile companies.

The Ethical and Social Issues Facing Connected and Autonomous Transportation Vehicles.
Moderated by S. Laurel Weldon.
Panelists: Jonathan Weinberger, Vice President of Innovation and Technology at Auto Alliance; and Nicholas Evans, Professor from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

The Legal and Regulatory/Legislative Issues Facing Connected and Autonomous Transportation Vehicles.
Moderated by Bruce Doeg, Chief Strategic Officer at Baker Donelson. Panelists: Karlyn Stanley, Adjunct Senior Researcher, Rand Corp. and Cherilyn Pascoe, Adviser to, Senator John Thune, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Over the next year, Discovery Park will sponsor a follow-up set of workshops aimed at delving deeper into these issues. Working groups involving participants from academia, industry and policy experts will discuss the bigger questions that emerge as legislators and scientists grapple with this new technology. Purdue’s Policy Research Institute (PPRI) plans to produce a report a year from now that will present conclusions from this analysis, and associated work on best practices, to the public. 

Speaker Bios

Scott Campbell, President, The Howard Baker Forum

Scott Campbell

Scott L. Campbell is President of The Howard Baker Forum, as well as Managing Director and a Senior Public Policy Advisor for Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C. office. A political and public policy strategist and a lawyer, he provides advice to energy, homeland security and technology companies and to leading research laboratories. He develops and directs long-term issue management strategies for clients with important issues before Congress and the Administration.

As President of The Howard Baker Forum, Mr. Campbell is Director of the U.S.-Japan Roundtable. The Howard Baker Forum is a public policy affiliate of Baker Donelson, which produces programs and initiatives focusing on major policy questions of high, immediate importance to the nation.

Dr. Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Purdue University Discovery Park

Tomás Diáz de la Rubia

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia is Purdue University’s chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park. In this position, his responsibilities include building upon Discovery Park’s foundation of excellence which has enabled high-impact research that crosses traditional academic boundaries. He works closely with the faculty and deans to help catalyze Purdue’s many strengths and build on its legacy of interdisciplinary research with global impact. He is also a professor of Materials Science, and of Strategic Management (by Courtesy) in the Krannert School of Management.

Before coming to Purdue, Díaz de la Rubia served as innovation leader and a director in Deloitte's energy and resources industry practice in Washington, D.C., working with Fortune 500 energy and manufacturing companies to identify and capitalize on business opportunities arising from potentially disruptive, innovative new technologies. Prior to joining Deloitte, Tomás was the chief research officer and deputy laboratory director for science and technology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, where he was responsible for the long-term health of the science and technology foundations of the laboratory’s $1.6 billion research program. In this capacity, he oversaw a $300M program of basic and applied research, and was responsible for the Laboratory’s industrial partnerships and technology commercialization. From 2002-2009, he was an associate director at LLNL, leading its chemistry, materials science, life sciences, and energy and environmental sciences organizations, as well as its $60 million basic materials science, chemistry and biology programs with the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Dr. Andrew D. Dubner, Business Leader, 3M Connected Roads Program

Andy Dubner

Dr. Andrew D. Dubner received his BS in Chemical Engineering and his PhD i n Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Dubner has over 25 years of technical and business experience at 3M with expertise in materials systems, security solutions, microelectronics and thin film optics. Dr. Dubner currently leads the 3M™ Connected Roads Program within 3M’s Transportation Safety Division.

Jessica Nigro, Manager, Head of Outreach an Innovation Policy, Daimler

Jessica Nigro

Jessica is the head of Outreach and Innovation Policy in Daimler’s Washington, D.C. office. In this capacity, she drives the company’s policy efforts on future technologies and mobility, as well as developing strategic partnerships with NGOs, government and business partners throughout the U.S. Prior to her current role, Nigro spent three years at Daimler’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany working with Sales colleagues on projects in politically-risky markets.

Nigro served as the Director of Programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She began her career in the Strategic Communications office at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and served as Field Manager of that office, directing the nationwide strategic and crisis communications efforts as the Department stood up after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

S. Laurel Weldon, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Director, Purdue Policy Research Institute

S. Laurel Weldon

S. Laurel Weldon, is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Purdue University. Since 2015, she has been the inaugural director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute. She was founding Director of Purdue’s Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion (2011-2015), and Interim Vice-Provost for Faculty Affairs (2013-2014) also at Purdue. Her work focuses on social movements, institutions and social policy. In particular, she examines the role of social movements in influencing public policy and is an expert on policies on violence against women. Weldon is the author of more than two dozen articles and book chapters as well as three books ((When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups, U Michigan 2011) (which won the Victoria Schuck Award) and Protest, Policy and the Problem of Violence Against Women (University of Pittsburgh 2002)) and most recently, The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights Around the World (Cambridge 2018) (the latter co-authored with Mala Htun).  She is also co-editor of the first ever Oxford Handbook on Politics and Gender and founding co-editor of the journal Politics, Groups and Identities.  Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (United States) as well as the Gates and Mellon Foundations.   She has served on the editorial board of Politics & Gender and she is a past President of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Past President of the Women’s Caucus for APSA, co-Programme Chair for the Midwest Politics Science Association’s Annual Conference (2018), and a past member of the Executive Council for APSA, the national association's governing body. 

Noah Goodall, Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council, a partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the University of Virginia

Noah Goodall

 Noah Goodall is a research scientist with the Virginia Transportation Research Council, a division of the Virginia Department of Transportation. His research areas are safety, operations, and traffic engineering with a focus on automated and connected vehicles. He has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, and is a licensed engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has published several articles on the ethics of vehicle automation, and is a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Vehicle Highway Automation. 

Jonathan Weinberger, VP of Innovation and Technology, Auto Alliance 

Jonathan Weinberger

Jonathan R. Weinberger has been a Vice President of Innovation and Technology at Alliance Of Automobile Manufacturers Inc. since September 2015. Mr. Weinberger joined Veedims, LLC in 2012. He served as an Executive Secretary of United States Department of The Treasury. Mr. Weinberger was Executive Secretary and Associate General Counsel in the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2008-2012. As part of his responsibilities, he served as lead litigator on an autos related trade dispute with China and served as the intermediary with executives from several automakers regarding auto exports. Mr. Weinberger also coordinates and undertakes special projects at the request of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and the Chief of Staff. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Weinberger served as a Senior Advisor in Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.

He is an accomplished and well respected member of the legal, government and business communities. He received his Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and Italian from The Johns Hopkins University in 1998. He also earned a Masters Degree in U.S. Foreign Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in 2000, a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2003 and a Masters of Law (LL.M) in international finance and national security law with distinction from The Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. 

Vinn White, Future of Mobility Specialist Leader, Deloitte

Vinn White

Vinn is a specialist leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP and a former deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Transportation. He delivers holistic and innovative solutions to states and cities working to meet their most pressing transportation technology challenges. White has been recognized for his Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts and for producing the Department of Transportation report Beyond Traffic, a 30-year planning approach to the long-term and emerging trends shaping the transportation system. 

Amitai Bin-Nun, Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation, SAFE

Amitai Bin-Nun

 Amitai Bin-Nun is Vice President, Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Innovation at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), which seeks to accelerate the deployment of vehicle automation and maximize the energy security and social benefits of the technology. Amitai came to SAFE from the innovation team at KPMG Strategy where he advised executives on the implications of emerging vehicle technologies and partnered with IBM Watson to explore potential financial services applications for cognitive computing. Amitai is also a former Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program.

Previously, Amitai served in the office of Senator Chris Coons and was a AAAS Fellow at the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Amitai earned a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Pennsylvania, where his thesis explored using black holes as a window into extra dimensions.

Bruce Doeg, Chief Strategic Officer, Baker Donelson 

Bruce Doeg

Bruce Doeg concentrates his practice in the area of business law with an emphasis on technology and life sciences. He previously served as the Nashville office managing shareholder and chaired both the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and the Business Technology Group for Baker Donelson.

Mr. Doeg serves as outside corporate and board counsel for companies across numerous industries, including technology, life sciences, manufacturing and journalism. His experience includes public and private capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, technology agreements, strategic alliances, corporate and commercial agreements, health care information technology, executive and employee compensation issues, corporate governance and business law advice. Mr. Doeg also has formed and represented venture and seed capital funds. Mr. Doeg started his legal career as a corporate litigator in Wilmington, Delaware. He has authored numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on business and technology law topics. 

Karlyn Stanley, Adjunct Senior Researcher, RAND Corporation 

Karlyn Stanley

Karlyn Stanley is an adjunct senior researcher and lawyer at RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has conducted research to assess legal and regulatory policy risks and gaps concerning automated/connected vehicle technologies and is a co-author of the 2016 RAND report, Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers.

She is the principle author of Data Privacy Considerations for Automated and Connected Vehicles, a 2015 report published by the Texas Transportation Institute Policy Research Center. She has been a featured speaker internationally and nationally on automated/connected vehicle issues. She is the principal author of a 2014 RAND report, Business Bribery Risk Assessment, which created a business bribery risk index for 197 countries. She is the principal author of United States Special Operations Command: Civilian Work Force Authorities and Options.

Currently, Stanley is using her experience as a former trial attorney in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division, at the U.S. Department of Justice to contribute to the Law Enforcement Cyber Center, a RAND, IACP, and PERF project to improve law enforcement resources for state and local prosecution of cybercrimes, and her experience with data privacy and emerging technology issues gained from private law practice to investigate the privacy risks posed by smartphone mobile applications ("mobile apps") and data privacy issues posed by automated and connected vehicle technologies.

Cherilyn Pascoe, Advisor to Chairman, Sen. Thune, United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Cherilyn Pascoe

Cherilyn Pascoe advises U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and transportation Chairman John Thune (R-South Dakota) on automotive, cybersecurity, technology, and consumer protection policy and strategy and conducts oversight and investigations of federal agencies and private sector companies.

Cherilyn played an integral role in the development and passage of several pieces of legislation, including the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, the motor vehicle and highway safety provisions in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, and the cybersecurity provisions in the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016.

Bryant Walker Smith, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

Bryant Walker Smith

Bryant Walker Smith is an assistant professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) in the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School, a member of the US Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, the chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, the reporter to the Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee on Highly Automated Vehicles, the chair of the Planning Task Force for the On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee of the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, a faculty affiliate of the Rule of Law Collaborative, and a member of the New York Bar.

Bryant's research focuses on issues of risk and trust in new technologies, especially automated driving systems, unmanned aerial systems, and other transportation technologies. As an internationally recognized expert on the law of driverless vehicles, Bryant taught the first-ever course on this topic (as well as the first course on hyperloops) and is regularly consulted by government, industry, and media. His publications are available at

Before joining the University of South Carolina, Bryant led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Bryant worked as a transportation engineer.