Professor Alan Winfield

The Thinking Robot

Press headlines frequently refer to robots that think like humans, or even have feelings, but is there any basis of truth in such headlines, or are they just sensationalist hype? In this short talk I will discuss the question “how intelligent are present day intelligent robots?” and describe recent efforts to design robots that can anticipate the future.

Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his research is focussed on cognitive robotics. Alan is an advocate for robot ethics and is actively engaged in the development of new ethical standards for robots. He has published over 240 works, including ‘Robotics: A Very Short Introduction’ (Oxford University Press, 2012) and blogs at