Noel SharkeyPhD, DSc FIET, FBCS CITP FRIN FRSA is Professor of AI and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield and was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004-2010). He has held a number of research and teaching positions in the UK (Essex, Exeter, Sheffield) and the USA (Yale,and Stanford). 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 a Doctorate of Science. He is a chartered electrical engineer, a chartered information technology professional and is a member of both the Experimental Psychology Society and Equity (the actor's union). He has published well over a hundred academic articles and books as well writing for national newspaper and magazines. In addition to editing several journal special issues on modern robotics, Noel has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Connection Science for 22 years and an editor of both Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Review. His research interests include Biologically Inspired Robotics, Cognitive Processes, History of Automata/Robots (from ancient to modern), Human-Robot interaction and communication, representations of language and emotion and neural computing/machine learning. But his current research passion is for the ethics of robot applications.
|Noel appears regularly on TV (around 300
appearances) and is interviewed regularly on radio, in magazines
newspapers. He was chief judge for every
series of Robot Wars throughout the world as well as “techspert” for 4
TechnoGames and co-presenter of Bright Sparks. He
has been on lecture
tours of India, China, Egypt, Australia and Singapore. He has
large scale museum exhibitions at the Magna Science
Adventure Centre and Think Tank galleries in Birmingham which have
brought integrated SET directly to the public. Noel has also run robot
control and construction competitions for children and young adults
from 26 countries including the National Chinese Creative Robotics
Competition and The National Egyptian Schools AI/Robotics Competition.
He also worked on the development of a number of
mechanical art installations.
After many years of detailed research within
Artificial Intelligence and robotics, Noel's core research interest is now in
the ethical application of robotics and AI in areas such as the military, child
care, elder care, policing, surveillance, medicine/surgery, education and
criminal/terrorist activity. He serves as an advisor to the National Health
Service think tank Health2020, is a member of the Nuffield Foundation working
group on the ethics of emerging biotechnologies, is a director for the European
branch of the Centre for the Policy of Emerging Technologies and co-founder of
the International Committee for Robot Arms control. Currently Noel is a
Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the ethical and technical appraisal of
Robots on the Battlefield.