2022 Covey Award: Prof. Shannon Vallor

Dear Colleagues,

It is my privilege to announce that the International Association for Computing and Philosophy’s Executive Board has selected Shannon Vallor for the 2022 Covey Award recognizing senior scholars with a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy broadly conceived. The board recognised Professor Vallors significant contribution to our field, both in academic as well as public spheres over the last two decades.  

Shannon Vallor is the Baillie Gifford Professor in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence in the University of Edinburgh’s Department of Philosophy. She serves as Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures in the Edinburgh Futures Institute and is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. Professor Vallor’s research explores how emerging technologies reshape human moral and intellectual character, and maps the ethical challenges and opportunities posed by new uses of data and artificial intelligence. Her work includes advising academia, government and industry on the ethical design and use of AI. Her current project examines responsibility gaps in the governance of autonomous systems, as part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme. She is the author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford University Press, 2016) and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Technology (2022).She is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, scholarship and public engagement, including the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics.

Prof. Vallor will present the Covey Award Keynote address at the IACAP 2022 conference at Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA. USA, July 22-24, 2022.  See https://www.iacap.org/iacap-2022-cfa/ for more information. 

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Vallor on this well deserved award. 
best regards, 

Steve McKinlay
Executive Director, International Association for Computing and Philosophy