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 mobile 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
Current Projects: euRathlon blog posts
Symbrion blog posts
Artificial Culture blog posts
Robotic Visions blog posts
Walking with Robots blog posts
Publications Research students
Keynote for EUCog meeting: Alan Winfield at #robotsandyou Ethical robotics: Some technical and ethical challenges
Friday 8 November 2013, Talk at Swindon Philosophy Society, Swindon.
Wednesday 27th November 2013, Workshop session on Academic Blogging, with Dr Tom Crick, Engage 2013, Bristol.
Wednesday 27th November 2013, Talk for Science Museum Lates, Science Museum, London.
Selected recent papers
Eiben AE, Bredeche N, Hoogendoorn M, Stradner J, Timmis J, Tyrrell A, Winfield A (2013), The Triangle of Life, pp 1056-1063 in Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 12, MIT Press.
5 Nov 2013