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After completing his Ph.D. in 1987, Ronald C. Arkin joined the faculty in the College of Computing as an assistant professor. He now holds the rank of Regents' Professor and is director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. He has also served as the associate dean for Research and Space Planning in the College of Computing since October 2008.
During 1997-98, 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, he 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.
Arkin's research interests include behavior-based reactive control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and unmanned aerial vehicles, hybrid deliberative/reactive software architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotic systems, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics and learning in autonomous systems. He has published more than 170 technical publications in these areas. Arkin has written a textbook entitled Behavior-Based Robotics published by MIT Press in May 1998, co-edited (with G. Bekey) a book entitled Robot Colonies published in 1997, and a book published in Spring 2009 entitled Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots published by Chapman-Hall (Taylor & Francis).
Recent funding sources for Arkin's research include the National Science Foundation, DARPA, U.S. Army, Savannah River Technology Center, Honda R&D, Samsung, C.S. Draper Laboratory, SAIC, NAVAIR and the Office of Naval Research. Arkin has served as an Associate Editor for IEEE's Intelligent Systems, International Journal of Social Robots and the Journal of Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing. He has also been a member of the editorial boards of Autonomous Robots, Machine Intelligence and Robotic Control, Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics, Journal of Field Robotics, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems and the Journal of Applied Intelligence. Additionally, he and is the series editor for the MIT Press book series Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents.
Arkin has also served as a consultant for several major companies in the area of intelligent robotic systems, and he served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology from 2010 to 2012. He was elected to serve two consecutive 3-year terms on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in both 1999 and 2002, and he also served as the co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Robot Ethics from 2004-2009. He is currently co-chair of the Society's Human Rights and Ethics Committee. Additionally, Arkin is the IEEE-RAS liaison to the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology. He also served on the National Science Foundation's Robotics Council from 2001-2002.
In 2001, Arkin received the Outstanding Senior Faculty Research Award from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003, and is a member of AAAI and ACM.
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