Proposed Symposium Agenda

Time Activity
Registration & Coffee Served
Introductory Remarks: Michael Gennert
Lunch Buffet & Networking
1:10 - 2:10
2:20 - 3:10
Debate Session #1
3:20 - 4:10
Debate Session #2
4:20 - 4:45
Closing Remarks


**Please note the change in start time**

Keynote Speakers

Ronald Arkin

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ronald Arkin is Regents' Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing. During 1997-98, Professor Arkin was STINT visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In 2005-06, Prof. Arkin held a Sabbatical Chair at the Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratory in Tokyo and then was a member of the Robotics Group at LAAS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin's research interests include behavior-based reactive control, action-oriented perception, hybrid deliberative/reactive robotic architectures, robot survivability, multiagent systems, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. He has over 170 technical publications in these areas. Prof. Arkin has written a textbook entitled Behavior-Based Robotics, co-edited Robot Colonies, and a new book entitled Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots. Funding sources include the NSF, DARPA, U.S. Army, Savannah River, Honda, Samsung, Draper, SAIC, NAVAIR, and ONR. Dr. Arkin is an Associate Editor for numerous journals and is Series Editor for the MIT Press book series Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents. Prof. Arkin serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, served on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, is a founding co-chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Ethics, is co-chair of the Society's Human Rights and Ethics Committee, and served on the NSF's Robotics Council. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of AAAI and ACM.


Noel Sharkey

University of Sheffield, UK

Noel Sharkey BA PhD FIET, FBCS CITP FRIN FRSA is a Professor of AI and Robotics and a Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield (Department of Computer Science) and a writer, broadcaster and journal editor. Noel has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science and robotics. He appears regularly on TV and is interviewed regularly on radio and in the press. As well as writing many academic articles, he also writes for the national newspapers and magazines and has been involved in thrilling robotics museum exhibitions and mechanical art installations. Noel has a passion for engaging the public is discussions about the ethical implications of new technologies.