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Mathew Birdsall Abrams is Head of Science and Training at the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), an organization dedicated to developing collaborative neuroinformatics infrastructure and standards, as well as promoting the sharing of data and computing resources to the international research community. For the last 5 years, Mathew has worked with an international group of scientists developing standards, data models, and infrastructure that support neuroimaging, electrophysiology, modeling, and the digital brain atlasing communities. Before joining INCF, Mathew was a researcher in the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institute where his research involved the use of rodent models of traumatic spinal cord injury.






Professor Malcolm Dando trained originally as a biologist (B.Sc and PhD at St. Andrews University, Scotland).  After post-doctoral studies in the United States (University of Michigan and University of Oregon) he held UK Ministry of Defence funded fellowships in Operational Research at the University of Sussex during the 1970s. Since then he has worked on arms control and disarmament, particularly on chemical and biological issues (DSc. University of Bradford).  In recent years this work has been focused on awareness raising and education of life scientists in regard to dual use and biosecurity, for example in the recent Royal Society Brain Waves module on Neuroscience, conflict and security. He is a Fellow of the UK Society of Biology.






Dr Emma A Harris is the Compliance Manager for the research ethics of the Human Brain Project as part of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, DMU. She has a research background in film and cultural history, but has more recently moved from science fiction to science fact. Her research interests include research ethics and RRI: Responsible Research and Innovation, the representations of technology and A.I. in media and culture, and research governance.







Stuart Hurworth is the European sales manager for Cambridge Cognition. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the British Computer Society. He has been instrumental in facilitating the inclusion of the CANTAB test batteries in many national and international academic research projects over the last 9 years. Prior to this, he was responsible for the quality assurance and the development of safety-critical engineering software tools for TWI.







Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden. He got his PhD in Psychology and he is also Docent in Psychology. His main research interests are in the areas of Ethical Competence, Ethical Training and Assessment, Information Technology Ethics, Ethical Usability and Ethical Autonomous Systems and Robots. Prof. Kavathatzopoulos has developed education programs for the training of ethical competence of professional decision makers, and he has constructed special tests for the assessment of ethical problem-solving and decision-making ability. He has constructed tools, methods and computerized instruments to be used in designing of ethically usable IT systems; in supporting decision makers in real-life ethical issues; and in installing in autonomous agents and robots to handle information and to guide behavior.





Helena Ledmyr is the Head of Development and Communications, and currently also the Acting Executive Director, at INCF ( Helena has a PhD in genetics & cardiovascular disease, with post-doc experience in gene therapy. After leaving academia she worked with science communication and administration for 3 years at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and was recruited to INCF in 2010. Helena is a member of the steering committee for the Swedish Network for Research Communication (, and one of the moderators for Real Scientists (, a science communication project on twitter with 47k followers.







Christine Mitchell is Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.  She directs the capstone program and teaches a two semester seminar on "the ethics of bioethics" as well as teaching medical students and bioethics fellows. Prior to her current work, Mitchell founded and led the clinical ethics program and consultation service at Boston Children's Hospital.  She serves on numerous national ethics committees, including the newly formed Council of Neuroethics Program Leaders, as well as the Ethics Management Team for the EU Human Brain Project.







Abdul Kadir H. Mohammed (course director) is Senior Professor of Biological Psychology, at Linnaeus University, where he leads the SAGE (Successful AGing and Enrichment) project which examines the impact of environmental factors on successful aging.  He is also based at the Karolinska Institutet where his research has been focusing on animal models of Alzheimer diseases, aging and cognitive function. He did seminal work on the impact of environmental enrichment on brain neurotrophins and behaviour at adulthood and during aging. He has been a visiting Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, USA, doing reserarch on genetic dissection of learning and memory in drosophila. Among his honors is the Palmes Académiques medal awarded by the French Government. He is a Fellow of Linnean Society of London, and is a Past Chair of IBRO´s African Regional Committee, and has lectured at universities in Africa, Europe and USA. In the Human Brain Project he works in the Ethics and Society Subproject, his task focusing on the compliance part dealing with animal research.





Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He received his PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led APD Communications Ltd until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1992. Alan co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his research is focussed on cognitive robotics; he is especially interested in robots as working models of life, evolution, intelligence and culture.
Alan is an advocate for robot ethics; he was a member of the British Standards Institute working group that drafted BS 8611: Guide to the Ethical Design of Robots and Robotic Systems, and he currently chairs the General Principles committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems. Alan has published over 200 works, including ‘Robotics: A Very Short Introduction' (Oxford University Press, 2012); he lectures widely on robotics, presenting to both academic and public audiences, and blogs at