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Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

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My guest tonight is PROF. NOEL SHARKEY. Tonight we will be discussing Artificial Intelligence & Robotics. Prof. Sharkey BA PhD is a Professor of AI and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science) and EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004-2009). He has held a number of research and teaching positions in the UK (Essex, Exeter, Sheffield) and the USA (Yale, Stanford, Berkeley). Noel has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in departments of engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence and computer science. He holds a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology and an honorary Doctorate of Science. He is a chartered electrical engineer, a chartered information technology professional, a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Navigation (FRIN), the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), the British Computer Society (FBCS), is a member of both the Experimental Psychology Society and Asociation of Psychologyical Science and a member of Equity (the actor's union). In addition to editing several journal special issues on modern robotics, Noel is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Connection Science and an editor of both Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Review. His main research interests are now in Biologically Inspired Robotics, Cognitive Processes, history of automata (from ancient times to present), Human-Robot interaction and communication, Representations of Emotion and Machine learning. He is currently involved in initiating public discussion about the ethical use of robots and the implications for public safety and human rights. http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~noel/