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Ronald C. Arkin

“These systems [drones that can pilot themselves or autonomous weapons programmed with some measure of ‘ethics’] can be designed appropriately and used in situations appropriately to reduce collateral damage significantly.”

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Ronald C. Arkin is Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and is the Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratory in Tokyo, and in the Robotics and AI Group at Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Toulouse.

Dr. Arkin’s research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, machine deception, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems.

His books published include: Behavior-Based Robotics, Robot Colonies, and Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots. He has provided expert testimony to the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Pentagon and others on Autonomous Systems Technology.

Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Society on Social Implications of Technology, on the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) AdCom, and is a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.

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