Dr Amanda Sharkey  

Amanda Sharkey

Senior Lecturer, The Department of Computer Science, Regent Court, 211 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP. UK.

Room: 155 / Regent Court
Home page http://staffwww.dcs.shef.ac.uk/people/A.Sharkey/
Email: a.sharkey@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: (+44) 114 22 21837
Admin Roles: UG and MSc Projects Co-ordinator, Tutor - First Year,


Amanda Sharkey is a Senior Lecturer (associate professor). She has an interdisciplinary background and a varied research career. After taking a first degree in Psychology, she held research positions at University of Exeter, MRC Cognitive Development Unit, and Yale and then Stanford, USA. In the 1990s and early 2000s, she conducted research in machine learning, investigating the combinations of artificial neural nets and other estimators (see her edited book, ‘Combining Artificial Neural Nets: Ensemble and Modular Multi-net systems, 1999). She was a founding member of the scientific committee for the international series of workshops on Multiple Classifier Systems. Her current research interests include the ethics of robot care, human-robot interaction, and swarm robotics. She is particularly interested in the relationship between robot care for older people and their human dignity. She holds a PhD in Psycholinguistics from University of Essex, and has over 85 scientific publications. She is a member of the IET, and is an associate editor of the journal Connection Science (previously the editor).

Other Professional Activities and Achievements

Member, Experimental Psychology Society since 1992
MIET since 1999
External examiner for PhDs, University of Kent, University of Essex, University of Surrey, University of Sunderland and University of Dublin, Trinity College


Dr Sharkey’s main current research interests are in robot ethics: particularly the ethical issues raised by the use of robots for the care and assistance of vulnerable older people and children. She is concerned with the identification of both the potential benefits and the risks of robotic developments in these areas, and in the applications of medical robotics, and robot teachers. She also researches human robot interaction and the factors that influence human perception of robots, and is interested in biologically inspired swarm robotics. Previously she researched the combining of artificial neural nets and other estimators.

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