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Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Roanoke

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

On the Ethical Quandaries of a Practicing Roboticist

Ronald C. Arkin
Regents' Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech.

Continuing Education Credit - 1 continuing education credit will be awarded for this meeting.


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.

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.

Links to Dr. Arkin's talks:

People Behaving Badly, Robots Behaving Better?
Embedding Ethics in Autonomous Combat Robots
Published on Jul 12, 2013

How to Not build a Terminator
Prof. Ronald Arkin shares views on the ethics of modern technological developments focused on Humanoid Robotics and the dual-use applications of research in the field.
Published on Dec 6, 2013

Meeting Details:

Thursday March 20, 2014
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc)

Holiday Inn – Roanoke

3315 Ordway Drive NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Directions to Holiday Inn – Roanoke:
From I-581, take exit 3W Hershberger Rd. Turn right at the first traffic light (near WDBJ-7 TV studios and Zaxby’s Chicken) onto Ordway Drive. Continue past Big Lots and the Holiday Inn is on the right.

Continuing Education
One Continuing Education Credit will be awarded for this meeting. Please see Joel Donahue at the meeting to sign up for the credit.

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, March 17, 2014.
Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs/restrictions

Joe Hartwell,

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