Team

Marina Jirotka

University of Oxford

I am Professor of Human Centred Computing at the University of Oxford. Early in my career I collaborated with BT to develop a video-based ethnographic method for use in Requirements Engineering. This work served as the foundation for my doctoral thesis at Oxford. From 2003, my research focussed on e-Research applications, particularly e-Health. As a requirements engineer on a flagship e-Science project, eDiaMoND, I became interested in notions of collaboration and trust in clinical practice and in the sciences more generally.

More recently, through collaborations with industry, government and other organisations, my investigations have focussed on the digital economy. For instance in relation to: the emergent practices and capabilities of social networking systems: how to develop understandings of services, exchange and interaction that benefit the UK economy: and the economic, social, legal and regulatory issues to emerge in the next generation of the internet.

At Oxford I lead a team focussed on responsible innovation in a variety of advanced technologies. I was awarded an Established Career Fellowship from the EPSRC to lead the RoboTIPS project and will oversee its direction, progress and outcomes.





Alan Winfield

Brisol Robotics Lab

I am a Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, Visiting Professor at the University of York, and Associate Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for the Future of Intelligence. I received my PhD in Digital Communications from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led APD Communications Ltd until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1992. I co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where my research is focused on the science, engineering and ethics of cognitive robotics.

I am an advocate for robot ethics; I sit on the executive of the IEEE Standards Association Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and chair Working Group P7001, drafting a new IEEE standard on Transparency of Autonomous Systems. I have published over 240 works, including Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012); I lecture widely on robotics, presenting to both academic and public audiences, and blog here.

I am a Co Investigator on the RoboTIPS Fellowship and will be overseeing the technical development of the Ethical Black Box and explainer system for social robots.

Helena Webb

University of Oxford

I work with Marina Jirotka in the Human Centred Computing theme at the University of Oxford. I am a qualitative researcher and a social scientist by training. My projects explore the ways in which users interact with technologies in different kinds of setting and how social action both shapes and is shaped by innovation. I am very interested in the ways in which detailed, granular analysis can be combined with larger scale computational work. Since joining Oxford I have worked on a variety of projects, including Digital Wildfire, which investigated the spread of harmful content on social media, UnBias, which explored the user experience of algorithm driven online platforms, and LabHack, an initiative to address resource scarcity in southern Africa.

I will be involved in a variety of activities in the RoboTIPS project. I will be conducting fieldwork with project partners and others to elicit the requirements of the Ethical Black Box and trial its utility in mock incident scenarios. I will also be engaging with stakeholders to explore the design and policy implications of the Ethical Black Box. Finally, I will also work alongside Marina Jirotka to draw out the relevance of our work in robotics to Responsible Innovation in general.

Kate Winkle

Bristol Robotics Lab

I will be working on technical development and implementation of the robot ethical black box (EBB) with a focus on generating human understandable explanations of what the robot does and why. I will also work on the design and execution of the mock accidents in which we will test the EBB in realistic human robot interaction scenarios.

Alongside working on the project, I am nearing completion of my PhD at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, where my research has focused on social influence in human robot interaction with application to social robots for health. In this work I've completed user-centred/participatory design studies with therapists, conducted human robot interaction studies looking at the psychology of robot social influence (and essentially persuasion) in an exercise setting, and am now working to generate an autonomous robot controller using supervised machine learning.