In research, I'm working on a major new project, DREAM, funded by the European Commission to deliver the next generation robot-enhanced therapy (RET) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The goal is to develop clinical interactive capacities for social robots that can operate autonomously for limited periods under the supervision of a psychotherapist.

DREAM is a great example of a new breed of robotics - cognitive robotics - and I have the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs of the new IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics.

Teaching is an important part of what I do and you will find the notes for most of the courses I've taught over the past 36 years in my Courses page. I'm working on developing a set of teaching material to support the Primer, with slides for lectures on each of the nine chapters:

Lecture 1: The Nature of Cognition  
Lecture 2: Paradigms of Cognitive Science  
Lecture 3: Cognitive Architectures  
Lecture 4: Autonomy  
Lecture 5: Embodiment  
Lecture 6: Development and Learning 
Lecture 7: Memory and Prospection  
Lecture 8: Knowledge & Representation  
Lecture 9: Social Cognition  

Welcome to my personal website! I am a Professor of Informatics working at the Interaction Lab in the School of Informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden. Over the past 37 years I have held positions in several information technology sectors: as a software engineer in industry, as a university professor in Ireland and the UAE, as a consultant, and as a project officer in the European Commission and Science Foundation Ireland. I serve on the Advisory Board of Innopolis University, Russia's first university dedicated to information technology.

My latest book, Artificial Cognitive Systems - A Primer, has been published recently by MIT Press. Warning: blatant self-promotion follows.

"This volume fills a serious void in the literature on artificial cognition, spanning a wide range of past work and helping the reader assess the rich array of approaches that have been taken to constructing cognitive systems. It will be an essential text for anyone who seeks to advance work in this field."

ACM Computing Reviews
Review #: CR143563 (1509-0767)