Professor Tony Prescott

Tony Prescott pictureAddress:
Department of Psychology,
The University of Sheffield,
Western Bank,
Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
Tel: (+44) 0114 222 6547
Fax: (+44) 0114 276 6515
Email: T.J.Prescott@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 2-17


Summary

I am Director of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. This is my Departmental Home-page. For full details of my research and publications, and many downloadable articles, please see my Research Homepage.

Qualifications

MA (Edinburgh), MSc (Aberdeen), PhD (Sheffield)

Research Interests

My research is within the areas of computational cognitive neuroscience and bio-inspired robotics. A particular focus is on the investigation of biomimetic and biohybrid systems: an example of the former would be an animal-like or humanoid robot, of the latter a human-machine interface. Current research is directed towards (i) social cognition for humanoid robots (three EU projects in this area), including the possibility of “robot selves”; (ii) active touch sensing for attention and orienting; (iii) assistive and field robotic technologies; (iv) haptic interfaces for sensory augmentation; and (v) societal and ethical issues in technology.

Much of my research is done under the auspices of the Department's Adaptive Behaviour Research Group and the Active Touch Laboratory.

Please see my teaching links page

Grants

  • EU Framework 7 Cognitive and Robotics Systems. T. J. Prescott (PI): What You Say Is What You Did (WYSIWYD) (2014 - 2017). Total project value €3,500,000 (€575,000 to Sheffield).
  • EU Framework 7 Cognitive and Robotics Systems. T.J. Prescott (PI): Expressive Agents for Symbiotic Education and Learning (EASEL) (Nov 2013 - 2016). Total project value €2,910,000 (€595,000 to Sheffield).
  • UK Technology Strategy Board. T.J. Prescott (PI): IntelliTable (Sept 2013 -14). Total project value £100,000 (£27,000 to Sheffield).
  • EPSRC Capital for Great Technologies. T.J. Prescott (PI): Human-Machine Cooperation In Robotics And Autonomous (July 2013 -14). £1,000,000.
  • European Union Framework 7 Programme. T.J. Prescott (PI for Sheffield component): Convergent Science Network for Biomimetics and Neurotechnology (Mar 2013-2016). Total project value €950,000 (€172,711 to Sheffield).
  • Weizmann – UK Joint Research Programme. T.J. Prescott (PI): Development of motor-sensory strategies for vibrissal active touch (Oct 2012-2014). Total project value $100,000 ($50,000 to Sheffield).
  • EPSRC. T.J. Prescott (Co-Investigator): Bio-inspired Control of Electro-Active Polymers for Next Generation Soft Robots (Jan 2012-2015). Total project value £359,094 (~£170,000 to Sheffield).
  • EPSRC/UoS. T.J. Prescott (PI): A wearable active sensing device using tactile displays (Sept 2011-2012). £49,998.
  • European Union Framework 7 Programme. T.J. Prescott (PI for Sheffield component): CA-RoboCom: Coordination Action for the design and description of the FET Flagship candidate Robot Companions for Citizens (May 2011-2012). Total project value €1,500,000 (€90,000 to Sheffield).
  • European Union Framework 7 Programme. T.J. Prescott (PI for Sheffield component): Experimental Functional Android Assistant (EFAA) (Jan 2011-2014). Total project value €2,858,000 (€517,000 to Sheffield).
  • UoS Proof of Concept. T.J. Prescott (PI): Virtual Whiskers for Navigation in Hazardous Environments  (Nov 2010-May 2011). £10,000.
  • European Union Framework 7 Programme. T.J. Prescott (PI for Sheffield component): Convergent Science Network for Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (Jan 2009-2012). Total project value €520,000 (€108,000) to Sheffield).
  • European Union Framework 7 ICT Project 215910. T. J. Prescott (Co-ordinator and PI): BIOmimetic Technology for vibrissal ACtive Touch (BIOTACT) (2008-). (Jan 2008-Dec 2011). Total project value €7.8M (~€1.4M European Union contribution to Sheffield).
  • European Union Framework 6 Cognitive Systems Project ST-027819-IP. T.J. Prescott (PI): Integration Cognition, Emotion, and Action (ICEA). (Jan 2006–Dec 2009). €8.08M (~€0.9M to Sheffield).
  • EPRSC EP/C516303/1. Collaboration between 5 UK Universities. K. Gurney (PI) and TJ. Prescott: REVERB: Reverse Engineering the VERtebrate Brain (April 2005-March 2010). £1.8M (~£0.7M to Sheffield).
  • EPRSC GR/S19639/01. Collaboration with Bristol Robotics Laborator. TJ. Prescott (PI): WhiskerBot: A Robot Whisker System Modelled on the Rat Mystacial Vibrissae (September 2003-August 2006). £430k (~£150k to Sheffield).
  • EPRSC GR/R95722/01 T. J. Prescott (PI), K. Gurney, P. Redgrave: Robot control using a model of central structures in the vertebrate brain (Sept 2002–August 2005). £161k.

Activities and Distinctions

Plenary Talks

Publications

A list of key publications can be found below.  For a full list of publications please click here

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Prescott TJ & Verschure PFMJ (2016) Action-oriented Cognition and its implications : Contextualising the New Science of Mind In Engel AK, Friston K & Kragic D (Ed.), The Pragmatic Turn Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science Mit Press
  • Prescott AJ, Mitchinson B, Lepora NF, Wilson SP, Anderson SR, Porrill J, Dean P, Fox CW, Pearson MJ, Sullivan JC & Pipe AG (2015) The robot vibrissal system: Understanding mammalian sensorimotor co-ordination through biomimetics In Krieger P & Groh A (Ed.), Sensorimotor Integration in the Whisker System Springer View this article in WRRO
  • Chambers JM, Gurney K, Humphries M & Prescott A (2012) Mechanisms of choice in the primate brain: a quick look at positive feedback, Modelling Natural Action Selection (pp. 390-420). Cambridge University Press View this article in WRRO
  • Prescott AJ, Mitchinson B, Pearson MJ & Pipe AG (2011) Biomimetic robots as scientific models: a view from the whisker tip In Krichmar J & Wagatsuma H (Ed.), Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robots (pp. 23-57). Cambridge University Press View this article in WRRO
  • Prescott AJ & Mayhew JEW (1992) Adaptive local navigation In Blake A & Yuille A (Ed.), Active Vision The MIT Press

Conference proceedings papers

Edited books