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Robots that Need to Mislead: Biologically-inspired Machine Deception

What can animal behaviour teach us about the need for deceptive robots?

In this keynote, Georgia Tech's Professor Ron Arkin discusses research for the US Office of Naval Research on deception and its application within robotic systems. Squirrels will hoard to mislead a predator and birds will mob for protection by feigning strength when none exists. How might this apply to the use of robotic systems in the military and what are the ethical implications of this research?

Ron Arkin

Ron ArkinProfessor Ronald C. Arkin received the B.S. Degree from the University of Michigan, the M.S. Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987. He then assumed the position of Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he now holds the rank of Regents' Professor and is the Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Space Planning in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech since October 2008. During 1997-98, Professor Arkin served as STINT visiting Professor at the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. From June-September 2005, Prof. Arkin held a Sabbatical Chair at the Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan and then served as a member of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse, France from October 2005-August 2006.