Professor Nick Hawes is Associate Professor of Engineering Science in the Oxford Robotics Institute, Department of Engineering Science, and a tutorial fellow in Engineering Science at Pembroke College.
Areas of interest
Enabling robots to operate robustly for long periods in challenging environments by combining task planning with online learning.
What makes Oxford such a good place to work in AI?
Because of the huge breadth of expertise available in one place, from fundamental AI theory, through cutting-edge applications, to AI policy and ethics.
What is the biggest opportunity or challenge in AI?
We are starting to see machines with autonomous features appearing in our daily lives – from fully autonomous vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers, to stock-taking robots in supermarkets, and advanced driver assistance aids in vehicles. AI is the key enabling technology which will allow these autonomous systems to improve their performance over their lifetimes. But since these devices are only just entering real-world environments at scale, we need research to understand the variety of situations and challenges they will face, and to develop algorithms to adapt to them.
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