Technical Stream: Invited Keynote Lecture

Prof. Noel Sharkey (University of Sheffield)

Noel Sharkey is a professor in the Department Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, and EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004-2007). 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, is a chartered electrical engineer, a chartered information engineer. He has published over a hundred academic articles and books as well as articles and web chats for BBC web pages and regular magazine articles. As well as 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.

Noel appears regularly on TV (over 250 appearances in the last 7 years) and is interviewed regularly on radio, in magazines and newspapers (he has had reports and interviews in all of the broadsheets in the last year). He has been chief judge for every series of Robot Wars throughout the world as well as “techspert” for 4 series of TechnoGames.

Noel works as a media consultant and as an advisor to the British Council and British Embassy on science and technology. He has a passion for raising public awareness of science and engineering through entertainment. This has involved regular appearances at Science Festivals in the UK and presenting robot shows around the world. His most recent project (2003-2004) has been the development and organisation of a Televised National Creative Robotics competition for China. Noel also creates futuristic robotics exhibitions for museums and is chief international exhibition advisor for the Shanghai Museum of Science and Technology. As a mark of his success he has recently been awarded the Senior Media Fellowship of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council of the UK (the main public funding organisation from engineering and science).