Amanda Sharkey

Position: Senior Lecturer (Retired), Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield

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Expertise Areas: Human-Robot Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction, Robot Ethics & Values



Dr. Amanda Sharkey has been a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield (now retired). She is a member of Sheffield Robotics, and on the executive board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. She comes from an interdisciplinary background. After a first degree in Psychology, she held a variety of research positions at University of Exeter, MRC Cognitive Development Unit, and Yale and then Stanford, USA. She completed a PhD in Psycholinguistics at University of Essex. She worked on machine learning at University of Exeter, before moving to University of Sheffield. Her main research interests are in robot ethics, and in identifying the risks involved in ceding control to robots and AI systems. Amanda has over 100 publications, including papers on the ethics of robot care for children and older people, and a recent paper on human dignity and killer robots. She was a founding member of an international series of workshops on Multiple Classifier Systems, editor of the journal Connection Science (now associate editor) and is a member of IET.