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VMS IEEE Meeting: On Ethical Quandaries of a Practicing Roboticist

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM on Thursday, March 20, 2014
Location: Holiday Inn, Roanoke

Ron Arkin, Regents' Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, will be the speaker.

Abstract: Robotics has progressed substantially over the last 30 years, moving from simple proof-of-concept experimental research to developing market and military technologies that have significant ethical consequences and potentially profound effects on society. This presentation provides the reflections of a roboticist on current research directions within the field and the social implications associated with its conduct. Specifically considered are research applications investigated at Georgia Tech including lethal autonomous robots, companion and intimate robotics, and robot deception.

Speaker Bio: Ronald C. Arkin is Regents' Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, and the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin's research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, hybrid deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE RAS AdCom, and is a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS TC on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Meeting Details:
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM

Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn – Roanoke
3315 Ordway Drive NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, March 17 to Joe Hartwell ( Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs or restrictions.