Aida Joaquin Acosta is a Senior Public Official and an Affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center.
She has more than ten years of experience in advising on European regulatory and policy issues at the intersection of law, emerging technologies, and public policy. She has worked at the European Commission and the Ministries of Presidency, Public Administration, and Transport and Infrastructure of the Spanish Government.
Aida has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center. As a Fulbrighter, she obtained an LL.M. focusing on robotics law and developed a methodology to reduce uncertainty in emerging technologies, receiving an Academic Excellence Award and a CALI Award in Privacy Law. Her educational background also includes a Degree in Computer Engineering focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, and a Degree in Law focused on International Law.
At the Berkman Klein Center, Aida researches the ethics and governance of AI and the impact of emerging technologies, such as AI, autonomous vehicles (AV) and mobility, and the Internet of Things in law, public policy, and society. She has developed a series of policy papers for regulators and policymakers to help them govern AVs, wrote a book chapter on regulatory challenges of IoT, participated and helped to organize the AV Trust and Ethics Symposium at the MIT Media Lab and Harvard Law School, and wrote for the American Bar Association and for the China Computer Federation (CCF). She was part of the Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative of the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab. She collaborates as an Expert with the AI4People Initiative and with the International Transport Forum at the OECD.
Aida is interested in developing practical tools for regulators and policymakers that help them govern emerging technologies such as AI and promote innovations for the benefit of society.