School of Informatics

Barbara Webb

Barbara Webb first studied Psychology at the University of Sydney, graduating with a BSc Hons and University Medal in 1988. She obtained her PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and subsequently lectured in the Psychology departments at Edinburgh, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Stirling. She joined the School of Informatics as a Reader in 2003 and became Professor of Biorobotics in 2010.

Barbara Webb

Inaugural Lecture of Barbara Webb: Robotic perspectives on biological systems Thursday 15 December 2011, 5.15pm Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A 10 Crichton Street and afterwards for a Reception in the Informatics Forum

RSVP Marjorie Dunlop Email: Marjorie.Dunlop@ed.ac.uk Tel: 0131 650 2690

Abstract

Considering animals to be ‘mere machines' has a long history. From a robotic perspective, biological systems are existence proofs of the kinds of machines we would like to build. I will argue that this constructive approach to biology is both scientifically powerful and increases our appreciation of the natural systems evolution has produced. I will also discuss some of the limitations and challenges faced by biorobotics.