Robotics History: Narratives and Networks Oral Histories: Carme Torras


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Carme Torras ( is Research Professor at the Robotics Institute (CSIC-UPC) in Barcelona, where she leads a research group on assistive and collaborative robotics. She received M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Barcelona and the University of Massachusetts, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). She has led sixteen European projects, the latest being her ERC Advanced Grant project CLOTHILDE – Cloth manipulation learning from demonstrations. Prof. Torras is IEEE and EurAI Fellow, member of Academia Europaea and the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. She has served as Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Associate Vice-President for Publications of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), and member of the Administrative Committee of IEEE RAS in the period 2016-2018. Convinced that science fiction can help promote ethics in robotics and new technologies, one of her novels - winner of the Pedrolo and Ictineu awards - has been translated into English with the title The Vestigial Heart (MIT Press, 2018) and published together with online materials to teach a course on “Ethics in Social Robotics and AI”.


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  • February 20, 2020



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