Professor Martin Smith BSc MSc Eur Ing CEng FIET CPhys FInstP FRSA FRAS FInstLM FCybS SMIEEE
Martin Smith joined Middlesex University as Professor of Robotics in 2013. He had been a Research Team Leader and Principal Scientist at Dstl (the government's defence, science and technology laboratory). Previous posts include Visiting Research Professor in Robotics at The Open University, and Professor at the Technology Innovation Centre, University of Central England in Birmingham. He moved to the latter post from the University of East London, where he had been Head of the Mobile Robots Research Unit, Principal Lecturer, and Deputy Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Martin was formerly Chairman of the Engineering Council London Regional Organisation, a Member of Council of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, Chairman of the IEE London Centre and a member of the Robotics Professional Group Committee. He was the IEE Silvanus P. Thompson lecturer for two years presenting: "From Homo Sapiens to Robo Sapiens - the Future of Artificial Life, Robots and Humans", to thirty universities and institutions in the UK, Eire and at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. He has appeared on over 300 different engineering and robot-related television programmes, including "Tomorrow's World" and the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and numerous radio programmes, and has often been featured in newspaper and magazine articles. He was a Judge and Technical Consultant on BBC2's "Robot Wars", Channel 4's "Scrapheap Challenge", Technical Presenter on BBC2's "Techno Games" and Granada's "Mutant Machines". He has been an expert commentator for BBC2 TV News and Sky News. He established www.robot.org.uk as an information resource for people of all ages who would like to study and know how to build robotic machines. He has been the IEE/RAeS/IMechE Isaac Newton Lecturer. He is a recipient of the Public Awareness of Physics Award from the Institute of Physics for his work promoting physics and engineering. He was awarded the title Freeman of the City of London and Fellowship of the Royal Institution.
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