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RI Seminar: Ronald C. Arkin
Robots that Need to Mislead: Biologically-inspired Machine Deception

Ronald C. Arkin
Professor, College of Computing, Georgia Tech

September 13, 2013, 3:30-4:30PM, NSH 1305

Expanding our work in understanding the relationships maintained in teams of humans and robots, this talk describes previous and ongoing research for ONR on deception and its application within robotic systems. Earlier we explored the use of psychological interdependence theory as the basis for producing deceit in robotic systems in order to evade capture. More recent work involves studying squirrel hoarding and bird mobbing behavior as it applies to deception, in the first case for misleading a predator, and in the second for feigning strength when none exists. Results are presented from these biological models in both simulation and robotic systems, as well as consideration of the ethical implications of this research.


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Host: Sebastian Scherer

Appointments: Stephanie Matvey (

Speaker Biography

Ronald C. Arkin is Regents' Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, and the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin's research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, hybrid deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE RAS AdCom, and is a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS TC on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.