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Alan R. Wagner is a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He began his career in science as a member of the research and development team at the MIT/Broad Institute for Genome Research, where he created novel robotic platforms as part of the Human Genome Project.
Wagner later developed software for the Speedline Corporation, an industrial robotics company, and for Symantec Corporation. During this time, and prior to entering the doctoral program at Georgia Tech, he earned an M.S. degree in computer science from Boston University (BU) and joined the BU faculty as an adjunct professor.
While a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, Wagner worked under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Arkin and developed a theoretical framework for human-robot interaction based on related work in social psychology and game theory.
Wagner’s research interests include social robotics, human-robot interaction, computational social systems, game theory, trust and deception. Recently, his research on deception has gained significant notoriety in the media, resulting in articles in the Wall Street Journal, New Scientist Magazine and Science, and was described as the 13th most important invention of 2010 byTime magazine. Wagner's research has also won awards within the human-robot interaction community, including the best paper award at RO-MAN 2007, the Air Force Young Investigator Award and GTRI's Innovative Research Award.
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