Noel Sharkey

Research & Development United Kingdom

FRIN FRSA FBCS CITP FBCS Prof. Noel Sharkey BA PhD. Dsc.


Future Forces Forum Multi-domain Advanced Robotic Systems (MARS) Conference 2018 Future Forces Exhibition 2018

Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Professor of Public Engagement, Chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control
University of Sheffield



Curriculum Vitae

Noel Sharkey BA PhD DSc FIET FBCS CITP FRIN FRSA Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science) and journal editor. He has held a number of research and teaching positions in the UK (Essex, Exeter, Sheffield) and the USA (Yale, Stanford). Noel has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in departments of engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, robotics, ethics and law. He holds a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology (Exeter) and a Doctorate of Science (UU), is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Chartered information technology professional. Noel is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the British Computer Society, the Royal Institute of Navigation, the Royal Society of Arts and is a member of both the Experimental Psychology Society and Equity (the actors union) for his work on popular robot TV shows. Noel is well known for his early work on many aspects of neural computing, machine learning and genetic algorithms. As well as writing many academic articles, he also writes for national newspapers and magazines and has created thrilling robotics museum exhibitions and mechanical art installations. As holder of the EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship (2004-2010) he engaged with the public about science and engineering issues through many TV appearances (in excess of 300) and in radio and news interviews. Noel has been the architect for a number of large-scale robotics exhibitions for museums and has run robotics and AI contests for young people from 26 countries including the Chinese Creative Robotics Contest and the Egyptian Schools AI and Robotics competition. He is a joint team holder of the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke medal for the promotion of engineering. Noel's core research is now on ethical/legal/human rights issues in application of robotics and AI in areas such as the military, child care, elder care, policing, autonomous transport, robot crime, medicine/surgery, border control, sex and civil surveillance. He was a consultant for the National Health Think Tank (Health2020) report, Health, Humanity and Justice, September, 2010, an advisor for the Human Rights Watch Report Losing Humanity: the case against killer robots November, 2012 and a Working Party member of the Nuffield Foundation Report, Emerging biotechnologies: technology, choice and the public good, December, 2012 and is a director for the European branch of the Think Tank Centre for Policy on Emerging Technologies and a Fellow of the BioCentre, London. At present Noel is mainly engaged in advocacy about the ethical, legal and technical aspects of military robotics. He travels the world to talk to the military, NATO, the UN, policy makers, academics and other groupings such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was Leverhulme Research Fellow on the ethical and technical appraisal of robots on the Battlefield (2010-2012) and is a co-founder and chairman elect of the NGO: International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) and a principle spokesperson for a large international coalition of NGOs under the title of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

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