Noel Sharkey

Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics at the University of Sheffield

Noel Sharkey Ba PhD DSc FIET FBCS CITP FRIN FRSA Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics University of Sheffield, co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and chair elect of the NGO: International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) He has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in departments of engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, robotics, ethics, law, art, design and military colleges. He has held research and teaching positions in the US (Yale and Stanford) and the UK (Essex,, Exeter and Sheffield). Noel is well known for his early work on neural computing, machine learning and genetic algorithms. As well as writing many academic articles and books, he writes for national newspapers and magazines and has created thrilling robotics museum exhibitions and mechanical art installations. He regularly appears in the media( more than 2000 appearances/ reports/ interviews). He has been head judge for every BBC series of Robot Wars (since 1998). Noel’s research since 2006 has been on ethical/legal/human rights issues in robot applications in area such as the military, childcare, elder care, policing, autonomous transport, robot crime, medicine/surgery, border control, sex and civil surveillance. Much of his current work is advocacy about ethical, legal and technical aspects of autonomous weapons systems at the United Nations.