Young005_1The founder of Perceptual Robots, Dr Rupert Young, is an independent researcher and technologist. He received his degree in Computing with Artificial Intelligence from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex, UK and his PhD in Robotics Vision from the Centre for Vision, Sound and Signal Processing at the University of Surrey, UK. He is passionate about understanding the world around us and in particular the nature of humans and other living systems. With regards to specific research he is interested in building real-world robotic models of perception and behaviour as a means to investigate and understand purposive living systems, and in order to produce useful artificially intelligent systems.


Advisory Board

Richard S. Marken, PhD, is a research psychologist, human factors engineer and statistical consultant. He received his BA in psychology (cum laude) from UCLA and his PhD. in experimental psychology from UCSB. Dr Marken was Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also consulted at Honeywell, Inc. on statistical, methodological and human factors issues related to workspace design and human- computer interface technology. Dr Marken had a 15-year career as an Engineering Specialist at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA where he developed methods for rapidly prototyping and evaluating designs for the human-computer interface component of satellite ground control systems. He then spent 5 years as a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA where he led research projects on health care quality issues and pilot training system design. Dr Marken is currently working as a human factors and statistical consultant as well as teaching part-time. He is the author of over 50 papers on control theory psychology and five books including the recently published Controlling People: The Paradoxical Nature of Being Human (with counselling psychologist Timothy A. Carey). Mind Readings.

Dr Warren Mansell is a Reader in Clinical Psychology at University of Manchester. In 2011 he was presented with the May Davidson Award by the British Psychological Society for his outstanding contribution to clinical psychology in the ten years since qualifying as a clinical psychologist. Warren first came across PCT towards the end of his PhD in the late 1990s in Gary Cziko’s book ‘Without Miracles’. Warren set about writing an article to show how PCT could provide a universal account of psychological distress. This article was eventually published in 2005. This marked the start of a longstanding collaboration with Tim Carey who shared his expertise on Method of Levels therapy (MOL), and later with Rick Marken who shared his research expertise. Since 2005, Warren has generated over 60 academic publications on the basic science and cross-disciplinary applications of PCT, including peer-reviewed research studies, reviews, and therapy manuals. One of these strands of work is to study how MOL and PCT can be applied to help people struggling with difficulties in diverse settings and contexts, and this is the topic of his talk. PCT Web.

Alex Lacey, Communications Consultant – Alex is a communications and PR consultant with 20 yrs experience working with both internal and external stakeholders across B2B and consumer technology, medical devices and nutraceuticals. He has an abiding passion for technology, particularly innovative developments and the challenges they create for a communications strategy. Since taking the brief for the launch of the UKs first ever free ISP, Alex has had a talent for getting under the skin of complex technical concepts and translating them into laymen’s terms. He believes firmly in the need for companies to be able to tell their story in a way that engages each individual stakeholder audience in a relevant, memorable and distinctive way. Over the course of his career, Alex has been responsible for dozens of product launches, hundreds of pieces of media coverage for clients and companies he’s worked for and many issues management and brand protection situations across the APAC and EMEA regions. Alex started working with Perceptual Robots after meeting with Dr Rupert Young during a communications clinic. He instantly understood the potential offered by Perceptual Robots’ RAPTA platform and offered his services in the development of the business from a communications perspective.

Dr. M. Martin Taylor received a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1956 (with honours), followed by an M.S.E in Operations Research in 1958 and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1960 from The Johns Hopkins University. From 1960 to 1995 he was a Defence Scientist with the Canadian Defence Research Board and its successors, continuing to work in the same laboratory on a volunteer basis for the next 15 years. As a Defence Scientist, he was responsible for the initiation and a substantial part of the hardware design of a real-time time-sharing version of the DEC PDP-9 computer and the development of a variant of the UNIX operating system running on it, that incorporated the UK MASCOT system. Mixing the computing and the psychology threads, he was responsible for an early multi-modal interface (vision, speech, gesture, and text) to a relational database system. The structure of this interface led directly to the development of the “Layered Protocol Theory” of communication, which later turned out to be a special case of PCT. In a parallel stream, Dr. Taylor authored about 100 publications on perceptual processes in vision, hearing, and touch, edited and contributed to two books on The Structure of Multi-Modal Dialogue, and participated in NATO research groups on speech processing, command and control, airborne search, and visualization of massive datasets and networks, occasionally as Chair. Outside of his official work, he served terms on National Research Council grants committees for Psychology (twice) and for Industrial Engineering, and co-authored with his wife Insup Taylor books on the Psychology of Reading (1983), Psycholinguistics (1990) and Writing and Literacy in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese (1995/2014). He is currently drafting a book on the implications of Perceptual Control Theory in language, culture, social structures, and politics.