Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture, 20 February 2018

Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture, 20 February 2018

16 January 2018 at 12:14

The 17th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland lecture will take place on Tuesday 20 February 2018, from 5.30pm, at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

Hosted by Engineers Ireland and the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s, in association with The Institution of Engineering and Technology, the guest speaker will be Noel Sharkey, (judge on the ‘Robot Wars’ television series), Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield. Professor Sharkey will address Responsibility amidst a Revolution in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Tea and coffee will be available from 5.30pm and the lecture will begin promptly at 6pm.

Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Queen’s University Belfast, will give the welcome address at this prestigious event, which is also part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.






Professor Noel Sharkey

Professor Noel Sharkey

Noel Sharkey is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield and was an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow (2004-2010). He has held a number of research and teaching positions in the UK (Essex, Exeter, Sheffield) and the USA (Yale and Stanford).

Noel has moved freely across academic disciplines, lecturing in departments of engineering, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, artificial intelligence and computer science.

He holds a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology and a Doctorate of Science. He is a chartered electrical engineer, a chartered information technology professional and is a member of both the Experimental Psychology Society and Equity (the actor’s union). He has published well over a hundred academic articles and books as well writing for national newspaper and magazines. In addition to editing several journal special issues on modern robotics, Noel has been Editor-in-Chief of the journal Connection Science for 22 years and an editor of both Robotics and Autonomous Systems and Artificial Intelligence Review.

His research interests include Biologically Inspired Robotics, Cognitive Processes, History of Automata/Robots (from ancient to modern), Human-Robot interaction and communication, representations of language and emotion and neural computing/machine learning. But his current research passion is for the ethics of robot applications.




Professor Sir Bernard Crossland

Sir Bernard Crossland

The Northern Region of Engineers Ireland (the all-Ireland professional body representing professional engineers of all engineering disciplines) established the annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture in 2001 at Queen's University to celebrate and promote excellence in engineering.

Sir Bernard Crossland was a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University. He was Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1959 - 1982 and enjoyed an international reputation as a research pioneer in high pressure engineering and explosive welding. He was a Fellow (and former Vice-President) of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1986 to 1987 and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering. In June 2009 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Sustained Achievement Award.

He was, however, perhaps best known for his role as an expert investigator of national accidents, and as a powerful advocate of strong integration between industry and education. He served as an expert investigator of several tragic accidents, the most noteworthy of which was the King's Cross Underground Fire in 1987, heading up the scientific committee which established the cause of the fire and made recommendations to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.