Alan Winﬁeld is Professor of Electronic Engineering and Director of the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He received his 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 1991.
Alan co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and his current research is focussed on understanding the nature and limits of robot intelligence. He is passionate about communicating research and ideas in science, engineering and technology, and was awarded a Senior Media Fellowship in 2009. Alan led UK-wide public engagement project Walking with Robots, awarded the 2010 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke medal for public promotion of engineering. His book, Robotics: A Very Short Introduction, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2012, and he blogs about robots, open science and related topics at http://alanwinfield.blogspot.com/
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