Brian M. O'Connell

Computer Science & Philosophy


Room 205, Maria Sanford

1615 Stanley Street

New Britain, CT 06050

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I am an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.  I teach courses concerned with the ethical, legal and social aspects of computing and with the jurisprudence of new technologies.


My current research focuses on five general areas: 1) Developmental aspects of professional ethics within computing, including ontogenic dynamics of practice-based values formation within interdisciplinary environments;  2) The teaching of professional identity, critical thinking skills and the humanities within computer science; 3) The ethical (and wider philosophical) aspects of artificial intelligence, particularly within the context of robotics; 4) The legal and ethical dimensions of agency within autonomous, safety-critical systems; and 5) Emerging ethical and legal issues in new interdisciplinary activities such as forensic computing.


I am the current chair of the IEEE Connecticut Section and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society. I am a past President of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. I serve as a member of the executive committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Computer Law Section. I advise the CCSU Computer Club and the CCSU Law Society. I recently joined the executive board of the International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics.


I have recently co-edited, with Jerry Engel, a special issue of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall 2002). The featured articles concern ethical and social issues criteria in academic accreditation.


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