of Electronic Engineering, UWE Bristol
Visiting Professor, Department of Electronics, University of York
Director of the UWE Science Communication Unit
Faculty of Environment and Technology University of the West of England, Bristol Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY UK Phone: +44 117 328 2644 Email: Alan.Winfield (at) uwe.ac.uk
Welcome to my home page. I'm an engineer and academic at UWE Bristol, and I conduct research in cognitive robotics within the Bristol Robotics Lab.
I am deeply interested in mobile robots for two reasons: (1), they are complex and potentially useful machines that embody just about every design challenge and discipline there is and (2), robots allow us to address some deep questions about life, emergence, culture and intelligence in a radically new way, that is by building models. Thus, robotics is for me both engineering and experimental philosophy.
I'm committed to the widest possible dissemination of research and ideas in science, engineering and technology and I believe that robots provide us with a wonderful vehicle for public engagement. Actually I would go a stage further and argue that intelligent robots will become ubiquitous in the near future and we therefore need to start a dialogue now about the ethical and moral questions that will arise.
Biography: Short Biography Press and Media
Verifiable Autonomy blog posts
euRathlon blog posts
Symbrion blog posts
Artificial Culture blog posts
Robotic Visions blog posts
Walking with Robots blog posts
on the UWE Repository
Talk at the World Economic Forum 2016, Davos, Could we make a moral machine? Blog post.Talks Coming Up:
Keynote, Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents Symposium (ALIA 2016), 15 June 2015, University of Birmingham.
Panel debate, Robotics: Future technology today, 22 June 2016, London.
Public Lecture, The Ethical Roboticist, 27 June 2016, University of Liverpool.
Panel debate, Robots: faithful servants or existential threat?, 29 June 2016, RAEng, London.
Panel debate, Resolution Foundation conference on Robotics and AI, 4 July 2016, Science Museum, London.
Keynote, Conference on Social Robotics and AI, 15 September 2016, Oxford.
Talk for Cirencester Science and Technology Society, 12 October 2016.
Selected recent papers:
Castello E, Yamamoto T, Liu W, Winfield AF, Nakamura Y and Ishiguro H. (2016) Adaptive foraging for simulated and real robotic swarms: The dynamical response threshold approach. Swarm Intelligence, 10 (1). pp. 1-31. Download final draft (pdf).
17 May 2016