Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh

Illah Nourbakhsh (Gigapan)

Illah Nourbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University)

Illah Nourbakhsh is a professor of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research explores human-robot interaction with the aim of creating rich, effective and satisfying interactions between humans and robots. His research has focused specifically on human-robot collaboration, wherein the robotic and human agents in the system share the same unifying goal or utility function.

Within all the activities Prof. Nourbakhsh has done at Carnegie Mellon, he has created the Ethics and Robotics: A Teaching Guide. These resources aim at helping lecturers to include ethic lessons into any robotics course.  The idea is to make students aware of the boundary issues of robotics. The course introduces formal ethical frameworks and shows students how to apply each framework to a robot-specific inquiry.  They show students how to evaluate and make sense of media communication strategies regarding technology and its impact on society.  Bringing these two skills together, then they expose students to current events and future think regarding robotics, as a focus for both ethical analysis and rhetorical evaluation.