Honorary degree number four for Professor of Cybernetics
Tuesday, 02 August 2011
Professor Kevin Warwick, School of Systems Engineering, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology recently by Robert Gordon University (RGU) at His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen.
RGU honoured Professor Warwick for his research that combines artificial intelligence, robotics and biomedical engineering.
His ground-breaking Cyborg Project caught the world's attention. Through the neuro-surgical implantation of a device into his arm, he became the world's first Cyborg, a being with both biological and artificial parts. Using this neural interface Profess or Warwick was able to operate an intelligent artificial hand. Connected to the Internet he was able to control the hand when located in a different continent and obtain feedback from sensors in the finger tips. With a similar implant in his wife's arm, this novel communication offered Cyborg telepathy via the Internet.
To quote his citation at the award ceremony: "The innovation and impact of his research, together with his significant contribution to the public understanding of science, make Kevin Warwick a passionate and highly inspirational promoter of leading-edge technologies."