Mathias Scheutz

Mathias Scheutz

keynote title: 

Steps Towards Moral Competence in Autonomous Robots


Morality is a fundamentally human trait which permeates all levels of human society, from basic etiquette and normative expectations of social groups, to formalized legal principles upheld by societies. Hence, future interactive AI systems, in particular, cognitive systems on robots deployed in human settings, will have to meet human normative expectations, for otherwise these system risk causing harm.  In this presentation, I will provide an overview of our efforts to endow autonomous robots with rudimentary moral competence and demonstrate the various capabilities of our system in a variety of human-robot interaction scenarios.

Brief Bio:

Matthias Scheutz is a Professor in Cognitive and Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University.  He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Vienna in 1995 and a Joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1999.  He has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive modeling, robotics, and human-robot interaction.  His current research focuses on complex cognitive and affective robots with natural language capabilities.