Partners, Collaborators and Advisory Board

Throughout the RoboTIPS study we will be working alongside a range of expert organisations and individuals. Our industrial partners contribute to project work, for instance by allowing us access to resources to develop and test the Ethical Black Box and/or run other fieldwork activities. Our academic collaborators lend their expertise to some of our project outputs. We also have an Advisory Board – a group of experts who advise on the progress and direction of the overall study.

Project Partners

Consequential Robotics creates new robot platforms that are inclusively designed, attractive, effective and helpful, with the long-term aim to enhance the quality of human life. Their emphasis is on understanding how people will use robots in their lives at home, at work, and in shared spaces. They work closely with academic and industrial collaborators, and employ the latest technologies to create robots that are likeable, reliable, and easy to use.

Open Bionics are a bionics company developing affordable, assistive devices that enhance the human body. They are on a mission to make beautiful bionic limbs more accessible. They’ve started with the Hero Arm, a stylish multi-grip bionic hand. They’ve won a number of design awards and in 2017 picked up the $1 million UAE AI & Robotics International Award for Good

Baroness Beeban Kidron

Baroness Kidron OBE is an English film director, producer, children's rights campaigner and member of the UK House of Lords. She is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation, a thought leader in children’s interactions with the digital world, and a frequent speaker on data protection / AI / and how childhood could and should be better supported in the 21st Century. Her directing career spanned 30 years/ Baroness Kidron is the joint founder of the education charity Filmclub (now Into Film), which uses film to educate children in after-school clubs in the United Kingdom

The NTT Communication Science Laboratories are a global leader in communication science. They conduct work to building a new technical infrastructure that can connect “humans” to “information” in broad terms. They make academic contributions through the creation of new concepts and the discovery of new principles, and social contributions through technological innovation leading to new services. Our key collaborator at NTT is Naomi Yamashita, pictured.


Academic collaborators

Ben Wagner

Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is part of the Privacy and Usability training network and a member of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity Advisory Group. His research focuses on technology, human rights and accountable information systems.

Hideaki Kuzuoka

Hideaki Kuzuoka is a Professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo. His research interests include Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Social Robotics, Virtual Reality and Human Computer Interaction. He has served as an associate chair or Co-Chair of various key ACM/IEEE conferences, including CHI Human Factors in Computing, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, and Human Robot Interaction.

The Oxford Robotics Institute is built from collaborating and integrated groups of researchers, engineers and students all driven to change what robots can do for us. It has a diverse range of interests – such as flying, grasping, inspection, running, haptics, and driving – and researches a broad span of technical topics. These topics include - machine learning and AI, computer vision, fabrication, multispectral sensing, and many more.


Advisory Board

All of our project partners and academic collaborators sit on our advisory board, where they are also joined by a range of other experts.

Noel Sharkey

Chair of Advisory Board

Noel is Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics, and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield. His research has spanned academic disciplines including psychology, computer science, engineering, philosophy and linguistics. Noel is passionate about the responsible use robotics and AI applications; he is co-founder and co-director of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and chairs the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.

Sorin Cheran

Dr Sorin Cheran is Artificial Intelligence Chief Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprises. He has a PhD in Computer Science has been working for Hewlett Packard Enterprises since 2007, where he has been driving AI and the adoption of emerging technologies in industry. He is passionate about ethical and beneficial AI.

Jack Stilgoe

Dr Jack Stilgoe is a Senior Lecturer in Social Studies of Science at University College London. His research investigates the governance of emerging technologies. This has included projects focusing on genetically modified crops, nanotechnologies, geoengineering and machine learning. He is currently leading the Driverless Futures? project, which looks at how the new technologies behind automated vehicles will affect society.

Paul Luff

Paul Luff is Professor in Organisations and Technology at King’s Business School, King’s College London. His research uses video based methods to understand the collaborative and social accomplishment of action. Paul draws on these studies in collaborations with designers, computer scientists and engineers to inform the development of innovative technologies such as media spaces, augmented technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence systems .

Lilian Edwards

Lilian Edwards is Professor of Law, Innovation and Society, at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University. She has taught information technology law, e-commerce law, privacy law and Internet law since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. Amongst many other roles, Lilian has consulted for the EU Commission, the OECD, and WIPO.

Laura James

Dr Laura James conducts work in diverse settings to deliver practical systems around emerging internet technologies. She is the Head of delivery at lowRISC, a not-for-profit company using collaborative engineering to develop and maintain open source silicon designs and tools. She is also a consultant for the responsible technology think tank Doteveryone and has previously worked as Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

Derek McAuley

Derek McAuley is Professor of Digital Economy in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and Director of the interdisciplinary Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute. He also interested in issues of ethics, identity, privacy, information policy, legislation and economics within digital society and has been outspoken on the risks of naive adoption of technology.

Sam Brown

Sam Brown has experience working in a number of sectors and organisations of various sizes, bridging between technology, business and society. She is now Programme Manager at the independent think tank, Doteveryone. She leads TechTransformed, Doteveryone’s programme for responsible innovators that empowers them with new practices and methods to put responsibility at the heart of business planning, design thinking, and product management.

Carl Macrae

Carl is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Psychology at Nottingham University Business School. He is currently researching the governance and safety of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Carl’s work played a key role in the establishment of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), an independent body that investigates safety issues in the NHS, and his book 'Close Calls' examines the practical work involved in analysing and learning from safety incidents in aviation.

Silas Adekunle

Silas Adekunle is a Nigerian-British, Robotics Technology Entrepreneur, Engineer and Inventor. He was previously CEO of Reach Robotics, a company he founded during his undergraduate studies and which launched the STEAM and Robotics education platform MekaMon. Silas has also launched robotics programmes in UK and African schools to inspire young people and is currently focused on a robotics enablement platform for Africa and an A.I. Support Engine for Service Robots.