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Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Sheffield Robotics Institute, University of Sheffield

I am a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield and Director of Sheffield Robotics a cross-disciplinary collaborative enterprise involving both Universities in Sheffield.

My primary research goal is to understand natural intelligence, in animals and humans, and to use this understanding to create life-like intelligent robots. With my collaborators, I have created a variety of biomimetic robotic systems, including the whiskered robots Scratchbot and Shrewbot, exploration strategies and autobiographical memory systems for the humanoid iCub robot, and wearable sensory substitution systems. I am involved in a number of commercial projects to develop novel assistive and companion robots. I believe that developers of disruptive technologies should think carefully about the potential societal impacts of their work. In 2012, I led a European working group on the societal impacts of robotics and since then have been actively investigating ethical and societal issues raised by robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and telepresence.


  • –present
    Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Sheffield
  • –present
    Director of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics , University of Sheffield


  • 1994 
    University of Sheffield, PhD


Fellow of the British Psychological Society