|Formally of Melbourne,
Australia, now living in the Peak
District, half way between Manchester and Sheffield. |
Office phone: 0114 222 1981
short bio and a CV
According to some real philosophers (not just me) it is pragmatics: Polar Bears are dangerous; some snow is good for building igloos; some snow is good for walking; some for sledding... The semantics of oak tree DNA? The argument, in too much detail, is made by Ruth Millikan and summarised by Hendriks-Jansen ["Catching Ourselves in the Act: Situated Activity, Interactive Emergence, Evolution, and Human Thought" MIT Press, 1996]. Others (among many) include Maggie Boden through to Steve Grand. The conclusion? Robotics is where the action is. Rather than robotics done by engineers however, the real AI issues are being identified by those with the problems. I have been working on robots for the military, robots as social actors, robots as physical entities, and robots as affective devices. The point? AI is really about us. It is about the nature of being human in a world that is far more complex and evolved than our simple brains can cope with. How do we do it?
|Embodied Conversational Agents (well, conversational systems and dialog really ...)||SERA - Social Engagement with Robots and Agents||A robot that grounds symbols in energy usage...more|
|Ok, so the engineering is fun as well. Pneumatics has an energy to it that is a delight...more||UAVs - again fun, but sorting out the control! The SFPV ended up with contra rotating blades in a shroud...more|