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Dr Kate Devlin

Kate DevlinSenior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence


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King's College London
London WC2R 2LS 

Kate is Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, King’s College London. Coming from an Arts and Humanities background (as an archaeologist) with a subsequent PhD in Computer Science, Kate has a demonstrable track record of combining diverse fields and methods of research. Her work investigates how people interact with and react to technology, to understand how emerging and future technologies will affect us and the society in which we live. Her recent research has focused on cognition, sexuality and intimacy and how these might be incorporated into cognitive systems. This formed the topic of her new book, Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Kate is a member of Ada-AI, an international non-profit organisation working to ensure that AI is developed and adopted in ways that are inclusive and equitable.

Kate is a campaigner for gender equality and is involved in initiatives to improve opportunities for women in tech. She is also a mental health campaigner and fundraiser. 

Research interests and PhD supervision 
  • Sex, intimacy and technology
  • Bias in artificial intelligence
  • Human-computer and human-robot interaction
  • Interaction design in emerging technologies
  • Digital cultural heritage
Selected publications
  • Kate Devlin (2018) Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots. Bloomsbury Sigma.
  •  Adrian Cheok, Kate Devlin, and David Levy (eds.). Love and Sex with Robots: Second International Conference, LSR 2016, London, UK, December 19-20, 2016, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence10237, Springer.
  • Kate Devlin. "In defence of sex machines: why trying to ban sex robots is wrong" in The Conversation (UK), September 17, 2015.
  • Karsten Seipp and Kate Devlin. "Finger Detection on Touchscreen Smartphones" ITS '15 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, November 2015.
  • Janet K. Gibbs and Kate Devlin. "Investigating Sensorimotor Contingencies in the Enactive Interface" in J.M. Bishop and A.O. Martin (Eds.) Contemporary Sensorimotor Theory, Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, Vol. 15.

Digital culture; gender and technology. 

Expertise and public engagement 

Kate has a strong track record of public engagement, including frequent participation as an expert voice in the media on AI, ethics and sex tech. In 2016 she founded the UK’s first sex tech hackathon, garnering widespread positive coverage. Her 2017 TEDx, ‘Sex Robots’, has been watched by over 176,000 people so far. She was named one of London’s ‘Most Influential People 2017’ by the Evening Standard’s Progress1000 list, and was one of Motherboard’s Humans of the Year 2017. She is passionate about science communication to the point of doing stand-up comedy on occasion. 

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