Emily Collins

Emily Collins, PhD

Working Groups Coordinator

Emily holds an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Sheffield Robotics, The University Of Sheffield. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from the same institute, entitled ‘Towards Robot-Assisted Therapy: Identifying Mechanisms of Effect in Human-Biomimetic Robot Interaction.’ Emily also holds an MSc in Experimental Psychology from Sussex University, and a BA in Philosophy from Cardiff University. She has also worked for international organisations in Japan and Kenya.
Her research interests include biomimetic and brain-based robotics, robot-assisted therapy, human-robot interaction, and the ethics of robotics. Her current research explores biomimetic robotics based on understandings of human-animal relationships.

Gina Smith, PhD

Editorial Director

An award-winning journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Genomics Age (Amacom, 2005) and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak’s biography, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer (WW Norton, 2006/2014), Gina leads FRR’s independent robotics news site, RobotRepublic. A former on-air correspondent for ABC News’ World News Tonight and Nightline, she served on the launch teams of Wired, CNET, BYTE.com and E3. In 2001, Upside Magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in technology. In 2004, she joined the board of University of Southern California’s engineering school.

Scott Robbins

Webmaster

Scott is currently a PhD Researcher in ethics of technology at the technical university of Delft, the Netherlands (TU Delft). He graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science (Cum Laude) at California State University, Chico and with a Masters in Ethics and Technology (Cum Laude) at the University of Twente. His current research analyzes the ethics and efficacy of bulk meta-data collection in the context of counter-terrorism.

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Duuk Baten

Duuk Baten

Social Media

Duuk is a masters student of Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. With a bachelor of science in Creative Technology his interests lie in the ethics of responsible design and engineering. He also has quite some experience with the organisational aspects of events and associations.
Savvas Kikidis

Savvas Kikidis

Newsletter Team

Savvas received his Master’s Degree (with successful completion of the Honors Program) in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Twente. In his master’s thesis he argues that sexual education should take into account the normative and evaluative work of philosophy and ethics of technology, and the empirical data that describe who individuals interpret the role of technology in their sexual lives, in order to address the basic dilemmas that strive from the role of technology in the transformation of sexuality. His current interests are Robot Ethics, Ethics of Technology and Computer-Mediated Communication.
Eduard Fosch Villaronga

Eduard Fosch Villaronga, PhD

Relationship Coordinator

Eduard Fosch Villaronga is currently a researcher at the University of Twente. He is working under the project “Exploring RegTech-modes in responsible development and use of robotics”, which aims at exploring dynamic pathways to achieve responsible development and use of robotics. Eduard is finishing the Erasmus Mundus Joint International Doctoral (Ph.D.) Degree in Law, Science and Technology (LAST-JD) from the University of Bologna. His thesis provides guidelines for the design, development and implementation of personal care robots to roboticists and lawmakers. Apart from the mobility plan of his program, he also visited Tufts University, MA, US, to work with robotic therapies for non-neurotypical children and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to work with exoskeletons. His research interests include smart regulations, robotics, education and human-human interactions. Eduard has a legal background holding a LL.B. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a double LL.M in European Law from the University of Toulouse and a MA in IT Law from Autonomous University of Madrid.

Tory Igoe

Tory Igoe

Intern

Tory is a rising third-year undergraduate at Northeastern University studying International Affairs and Political Science. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she moved to Boston for Northeastern’s co-op program and numerous international opportunities. A member of the women’s rowing team, Tory has abundant experience in training and coaching, alongside an interest in researching cybersecurity issues within today’s world.

Audrey Derobert

Intern

Audrey is in her fifth and final year at Northeastern University in Boston studying a combined program of International Affairs and Economics. Thanks to her school’s experiential education program, she has had experience working in education, corporate social responsibility, and local governance before beginning her final undergraduate internship with the Foundation. While pursuing her degree, Audrey’s research has focused on international conflicts, terrorism, and the use of violence.