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Professor John Murray

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Academic Dean – Faculty of Technology

I have a background in Electronic Engineering and Software Engineering with a PhD in Computational Robotics and Neuroscience from the University of Sunderland. I am Professor and Academic Dean of the Faculty of Technology. I have spent much of my academic career in the area of human-robot interaction, and ethics and trust around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems.

I've worked on many research projects from FP7 to H2020 and with businesses and organisations including DASA, QinetiQ, UK Home Office, Borderforce, Smith and Nephew, and many more including SMEs.


I am interested in research into the acceptance of technology, robotics, and AI into society, the social challenges of this, and how we design AI and robots to be socially acceptable. This includes looking at work around human factors, cognitive biases, and personality and ethics. I am interested in understanding the application of AI and machine learning to societal problems.

I am interested in security, from computer security (such as ethics, encryption) to border security (through my work with the UK Home Office and Border Force) to food security and policy.

Interesting videos of projects I've worked on:

Current PhD students:
  • Robert Adams
  • Muneeb Anjum
  • Martin Davies
  • Albert Dulian
  • Virtual reality applications
  • Robotics
    - Humanoid robots
    - Factory robots
    - Industry 4.0
    - Collaborative robots
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning
  • Ethics in AI
  • Autonomous machines

Last updated 28 February 2024