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Ronald Arkin

Ronald C. Arkin received a BSc from University of Michigan, MSc from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a Regents’ Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, and Associate Dean for Research and Space Planning of the College. In 1997-1998, Professor. Arkin served as STINT visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. In 2005, Professor Arkin held a Sabbatical Chair at Sony IDL in Tokyo, served as a member of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group at LAAS in Toulouse in 2005-2006. Dr. Arkin's research interests include behavior-based reactive control, action-oriented perception, deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent systems, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. He has over 170 technical publications. He has written several books: Behavior-Based Robotics (1998), Robot Colonies (1997), and Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots (2009). He serves as an Associate Editor for numerous journals and is the Series Editor for the MIT Press book series Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents. He serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, served two terms on the AdCom of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, served as founding co-chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Ethics, co-chair of the Society's Human Rights and Ethics Committee, and also served on the National Science Foundation's Robotics Council from. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, and in 2011 received the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award from the University of Massachusetts Computer Science Department. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003.

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