Alan R. Wagner
Alan R. Wagner is an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and a research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. He received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing.
His research and teaching interests focus on the development of techniques which allow robots to interact with a wide variety of people in various different social contexts. He is currently investigating human-robot trust and the conditions which encourage or discourage people from trusting robots as well the possibility of developing robots which will evaluate whether or not they can trust people. Application areas for these interests range from military to healthcare with particular emphasis on search and rescue and humanitarian applications.
Wagner’s research has won several awards including being selected for by the Air Force Young Investigator Program. His research on deception has gained significant notoriety in the media resulting in articles in the Wall Street Journal, New Scientist Magazine, the Journal of Science, and described as the 13th most important invention of 2010 by Time Magazine. His research has also won awards within the human-robot interaction community, such as the best paper award at RO-MAN 2007. He also holds a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Northwestern University.