Invited Speakers

We intend to have a number of high-profile speakers in a diverse range of fields relating to Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.  As speakers are confirmed, their details will be posted here.

Professor Margaret Boden

Margaret A. Boden OBE FBA ScD is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, where she helped develop the world's first academic programme in AI and cognitive science. She holds degrees in medical sciences, philosophy, and psychology (as well as a Cambridge ScD and three honorary doctorates), and integrates these disciplines with AI in her research, which has been translated into twenty languages. Her recent books include The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms, Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science, and Creativity and Art: Three Roads to Surprise. She has two children and four grandchildren, and lives in Brighton.

Professor Mark Levine

Mark Levine is a Professor of Social Psychology at Exeter University. His research focuses on the role of social identity in pro-social and anti-social behaviour. This includes EPSRC funded projects on multiple identities in digital worlds and the use of fully immersive ‘virtual reality’ environments to conduct experiments on the behaviour of bystanders to violence. In addition he has conducted ESRC funded research on pro and anti-social behaviour in public places. This includes studies of violence in night-time economy zones in British cities and field research in India looking at the positive social and health benefits of participation at a Hindu religious festival (the Kumbh Mela). He is currently a member of the Lead Expert Group on the UK Office for Science Foresight project - leading on the future of identity in respect of social media, surveillance and privacy.  He is co-editor of the 2011 book Beyond the Prejudice Problematic: Extending the Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflict, Inequality and Social Change.

Professor Murray Shanahan

Murray Shanahan is Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London. He graduated from Imperial in computer science in 1984, and obtained his PhD in computer science from Cambridge University (King's College) in 1988. Since then he has carried out work in artificial intelligence, robotics, and cognitive science. His work up to 2000 was in the tradition of classical, symbolic AI, but for the past decade or so he has turned his attention to the brain and its embodiment. His current interests include brain connectivity, neurodynamics, comparative cognition, and the relationship between cognition and consciousness. His book "Embodiment and the Inner Life" was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

Professor Noel Sharkey

Noel Sharkey BA PhD DSc 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 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 engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science and robotics. He holds a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology (Exeter) and an honorary 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). Noel's core research interest is now in the ethical 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.

Professor Jon Williamson

Jon Williamson is Professor of Reasoning, Inference and Scientific Method in the philosophy department at the University of Kent, where he also co-directs the Centre for Reasoning. He works on causality, probability, logics and reasoning, and their application in the sciences. He has developed an epistemic theory of causality (see, e.g.,Bayesian nets and causality, OUP 2005), defended an epistemic interpretation of probability (In defence of objective Bayesianism, OUP 2010), worked on a unifying framework for probabilistic logic (Probabilistic logics and probabilistic networks, Springer 2011) and is currently developing a Bayesian version of inductive logic. He is editor of the gazette The Reasoner.