Aimee van Wynsberghe
President and Co-Founder
Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe is currently Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the Delft University of Technology. She has published the book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation (Ashgate, 2015) as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. In 2015 she was awarded a prestigious Veni grant to study the ethical issues of service robots, and she has been named one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands under 38 (Viva 400). In 2017, she was named one of Robohub’s “25 women in robotics you need to know about”.
Treasurer and Co-Founder
Noel Sharkey is Emeritus Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Sheffield and Chair of the NGO International Committee for Robot Arms Control. He has been a psychologist, artificial intelligence researcher, computer scientist, cognitive scientist, roboticist. He was well known for early work in neural computing and evolutionary methods before turning to robot ethics. He has held numerous research and teaching positions in the UK (Sheffield, Exeter, Essex) as well as the US (Yale, Stanford). Noel is best known to the public from his work on popular BBC series such as Robot Wars. He has nearly 2000 TV, Radio and print interviews and appearances under his belt.
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Secretary and Co-Director
Shannon Vallor is the Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, and was a member of the FRR’s Executive Board for nearly two years before joining the upper leadership team. Her current research project focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on the moral and intellectual habits, skills and virtues of human beings – the transformation of human character by rapid advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and surveillance. Her work appears in numerous journals as well as Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (2016, Oxford University Press). In 2015, she was awarded the World Technology Award in Ethics.
The FRR’s Executive Board is comprised of international world leading thinkers in technology and ethics. The board lends its expertise to FRR leadership to shape the future direction of the Foundation.
Author, Journalist - Le Monde
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs - Northeastern University
Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor Emeritus of Applied Ethics - University of Virginia
Former Representative Director - HiBot Corp.
Raytheon Professor of Computer and Engineering - Texas A&M
President - Scuola di Robotica
Professor with Special Responsibilities - Aarhus University
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology - MIT
Legal Scholar - Liebniz University
The Expertise Committees are made up of experts in the technical and legal fields surrounding robotics and lend their knowledge for FRR operations including consultation documents and events.
Technical Expertise Committee
Legal Expertise Committee
Associate Professor, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management - Delft University of Technology
Barrister, Executive Director and Foundation Advocate - AI-Austin
Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Technology - University of Twente
Professor of Surgery and Oncology - Western University
Associate Partner at IBM
Advisor on UAVs
The Organizing Committee is a group of members that handles the day-to-day operations of the FRR to ensure that it functions as planned (e.g., financial, membership, administrative, and operative matters).