Mark Lee
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1983 …2022

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I am an Emeritus Professor of Intelligent Systems in the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University. I am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (the national academy of Wales) and have degrees in engineering and psychology. My career has mainly concentrated on the application of intelligent reasoning techniques to robot systems.

After many years of applying artificial intelligence methods (AI) to robot systems, I believe AI is not sufficient, in its present form, for building truly general-purpose robots that are friendly, social, and useful. 

The missing element is development. We all develop from infants and during our remarkably extended childhood we self-learn an enormous range of skills and experience. The new field of Developmental Robotics is creating new computational models of infant development for novel robot learning techniques. My recent research grants have funding the implementation of experiments on an iCub humanoid robot to explore this fascinating new research area. My new book covers these ideas for the general reader, see mitpress.mit.edu/books/how-grow-robot.

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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