The executive committee

The YorRobots executive committee consists of colleagues from across the University.

Keith Allen is based in the Philosophy Department at the University of York. He has research interests in philosophy of mind and the history of philosophy, with a particular focus on issues relating to colour and perception. His work includes A Naive Realist Theory of Colour (Oxford University Press, 2016).

He is Deputy Director of the Humanities Research Centre and co-Research Champion for the University’s Culture & Communication Research Theme.

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Ana Cavalcanti is Professor of Software Verification at York and RAEng chair in Emerging Technologies working on 'Software Engineering for Robotics: modelling, validation, simulation, and testing'.

She held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit award and a Royal Society Industry fellowship to work with QinetiQ in avionics. She has chaired the programme committee of several well-established international conferences, is on the editorial board of four international journals, and is chair of the Formal Methods Europe association.

She is, and has been, principal investigator on several large EPSRC grants. Her research is on theory and practice of verification and testing for robotics. She has published more than 150 papers.

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Matthew Cotton is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York.

His research interests lie in the social and ethical dimensions of technology, innovation and environmental change. He has published case studies on issues of social justice and stakeholder participation in policy and planning decisions around infrastructure, energy, waste, natural resource extraction, plastic pollution and climate change.

Cade McCall, PhD, is a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of York.

His research focuses on human affect and social interactions. McCall specialises in the use of virtual environments, motion capture, and psychophysiology for studying psychological processes as they unfold in naturalistic settings.

Cade's recent work investigates the role of social cognition in driving and in interactions with autonomous vehicles.

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Federico Reuben is a composer, sound artist and live electronics performer in the Department of Music at the University of York. His research interests include studio-based, acoustic and mixed composition; live electronic performance; improvisation; sound art; music computing and interactivity; computational creativity, cross-arts collaboration; contemporary music studies; music aesthetics; and critical/contextual studies of digital and sound culture.

His work has been presented, performed and broadcast worldwide and featured at leading music and art festivals. He has written instrumental, vocal and mixed media compositions for ensembles and soloists. As a sound artist he has experience with sound and robotic installations, internet-based work, interactive and multimedia performances, live coding, generative systems, live art, and cross-arts collaborations. He is also active as a laptop improviser.

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Andy Tyrrell received a first-class honours degree in 1982 and a PhD in 1985 (Aston University), both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

He joined the Electronics department at the University of York in April 1990 and was promoted to the chair of Digital Electronics in 1998. His main research interests are in the design of biologically-inspired devices, architectures and systems, fault-tolerance, evolvable hardware and robotics. This work has included the creation of embryonic processing array, intrinsic evolvable hardware systems and the PAnDA hardware architecture.

He founded the Intelligent Systems research group at York in 1998, and is currently head of department. He co-founded and is CEO of the University spin-out company ngenics which focuses on applying bio-inspired computation to semiconductor designs. He has published over 350 papers in these areas.

He is a senior member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET.

Read Andy's research profile