Noel Sharkey is Co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and Chair of the NGO: International Committee for Robot Arms Control. He was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004-2010) and Leverhulme research fellow (2010-2013) on the Ethics of Battlefield Robots.
After three decades of detailed research within Artificial Intelligence and robotics, Noel’s core research interest is now in the responsible and ethical application of robotics and AI including areas such as the military, child care, elder care, policing, surveillance, medicine/surgery, education, sex and criminal/terrorist activity. His current work divides between writing academic journal and national news articles, advocacy about military robotics at the United Nations and raising public awareness in the media about the societal dangers of robot applications.
He has held a number of research and teaching positions in the UK (Essex, Exeter, Sheffield) and the USA (Yale CS and Stanford Psych). 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 more than 150 academic articles and books as well writing for national newspaper and magazines. In addition to editing several journal special issues on modern robotics, Noel is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Connection Science an editor of both Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Review. Until 2007, Noel’s main research interests included 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 respsonsible use or robot applications.