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Professor Nigel Crook - University Alliance. Oxford, England, GB

Professor Nigel Crook

Professor of AI and Robotics and Founding Director of the Institute for Ethical AI | Oxford Brookes University

Oxford, England, UNITED KINGDOM

His work addresses how to equip artificially intelligent robotic systems with moral competence.

Areas of Expertise (6)



Artificial Intelligence

Ethical AI

Moral Robots

Cognitive Robotics


Professor Nigel Crook is Professor of AI and Robotics and Founding Director of the Institute for Ethical AI at Oxford Brookes University. His work addresses how to equip artificially intelligent robotic systems with moral competence and how to develop ethical, trustworthy and time-saving intelligent software solutions for business, organisations and society. These solutions are being applied to a range of industries and settings - such as human resources management, recruitment shortlisting, oversight of legal contracts, decisions in healthcare, and systems in finance and banking.

Nigel is working with the World Economic Forum, IBM and the UK’s Office for Artificial Intelligence. In his early career he worked on medical diagnostic systems, computational neuroscience and the use of AI as a social medium (the interactions between technology and humans). He launched a new Cognitive Robotics Lab at Oxford Brookes University. Nigel serves on several committees for international conferences addressing robotics, artificial intelligence and neurocomputing. He is an expert reviewer for the European Commission and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the British Computer Society.

Media Mentions (5)

Law firm uses clause game to train AI

Legal Futures  online


Professor Nigel Crook from Oxford Brookes University, who specialises in AI and robotics, described the Clause Game as “a wonderful example of a simple AI system supporting a much more complex AI system to perform better by improving the quality of the data it is consuming”.

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AI Teaching AI Via Online Contract Law Game Created Due to Covid-19 Lockdown

Inside Big Data  online


“Interesting things happen when AI systems compete with each other: AlphaGo played 4.9 million games against itself to learn how to beat a human world champion; GANs are made of two AI systems that compete against each other to generate images that look like ultra realistic photos,” said Professor Nigel Crook from Oxford Brookes University, who specializes in AI and robotics.

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World First Conference On Artificial Intelligence

Contact Centres  online


Prof Nigel Crook, Head of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes University describes the future of human-robot collaboration.

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Got $93,000 to spare? Robots getting cheaper

CNBC  online


Nigel Crook, head of computing and communication technologies at Oxford Brookes University, who specializes in human-robot interaction, said the price has fallen significantly as robot technology is becoming more commonplace in public spaces such as schools and hospitals.

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Newsround chats with robot expert

BBC Newsround  online


Nigel Crook, from Oxford Brookes University, says robots are cool because they can mimic the behaviour of humans and animals and can sense and interact with the world around them.

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Multimedia Appearances






Education (2)

Oxford Polytechnic: Ph.D., Computer Science 1991

University of Lancaster: B.Sc., Computing and Philosophy 1985

Affiliations (4)

  • IEEE Member
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Member
  • IEEE Internet of Things Community
  • British Computer Society Member

Articles (4)

From social interaction to ethical AI: A developmental roadmap


2018 AI and robot ethics have recently gained a lot of attention because adaptive machines are increasingly involved in ethically sensitive scenarios and cause incidents of public outcry. Much of the debate has been focused on achieving highest moral standards in handling ethical dilemmas on which not even humans can agree, which indicates that the wrong questions are being asked.

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Natural head movement for HRI with a muscular-skeletal head and neck robot


2017 This paper presents a study of the movements of a humanoid head-and-neck robot called Eddie. Eddie has a musculo-skeletal structure similar to that found in human necks enabling it to perform head movements that are comparable with human head movements.

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Leader-follower strategies for robot-human collaboration

A World with Robots

2017 This paper considers the impact that robot collaboration strategies have on their human collaborators. In particular, we are interested in how robot leader/follower strategies affect perceived safety and perceived intelligence, which, we argue, are essential for establishing trust and enabling true collaboration between human and robot.

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What If: Robots Create Novel Goals? Ethics Based on Social Value Systems.


2016 Future personal robots might possess the capability to autonomously generate novel goals that exceed their initial programming as well as their past experience. We discuss the ethical challenges involved in such a scenario, ranging from the construction of ethics into such machines to the standard of ethics we could actually demand from such machines.

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