Raj Madhavan

Internationally recognized expert in mobile robotics navigation and humanitarian technologies. He is currently the CEO of Humanitarian Robotic Technologies (USA), and he has held previous appointments with the University of Maryland (USA), Amrita University (India), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA). He received a PhD in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney, and an ME (Research) in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University. Over the last 24 years, he has published more than 200 papers and has co-edited two books and four journal special issues focusing on robotics, intelligent systems, technology-policy, and ethics. His current research interests include ethical, legal, and societal aspects of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence technologies, and the associated governance and regulation issues.

Robotics and automation and artificial intelligence technologies hold immense potential in addressing many of the societal challenges as exemplified in the sustainable development goals of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations.