Mark William Kharas
Background and activities
I am the Administrative Coordinator of the Immersive Technology and Robotics Lab (IMRO-Lab), where I assist in administering both national and EU-funded research projects housed in the lab. I also serve as an EU advisor for the Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, where I assist researchers in applying for and securing EU-funded grants.
I have a Masters from Harvard University, where I studied South Asian languages, literature, and religion, and worked in the Harvard administration before coming to NTNU. In addition to my administration work, I am interested in ethics, religion, and spirituality as they relate to contemporary technology and robotics.
Robotics4EU (2021–2023) is a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action that promotes responsible research and innovation principles to the robotics community across healthcare, inspection and maintenance of infrastructure, agri-food, and agile production with the goal of more widespread addoption and societal acceptance of robots.
INCITE (2021–2025) is a Horizon 2020 EIC Pathfinder project aiming to create a new breakout cancer treatment. It will use novel high-resolution 3D microfabrication technology to engineer a specially tailored microenvironment that will be inhabited by cells central for T cell education in order to generate the fittest anti-tumor T cells for advanced adoptice T cell therapy.
AUTOWORK (2020–2025) is an international research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, where Norwegian and Australian researchers are studying the future of work as it is effected by automation, robotization, and digitalization.
LIFEBOTS-Exchange (2019–2024) is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Action that facilitates researcher and staff exchange between universities and SMEs across Europe and South Korea with the goal of developing a holistic understanding of social robotics in the intersection of care, user interaction, technology, and society. LIFEBOTS is currently suspended due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19 but will resume as soon as conditions allow.
LIFEBOTS-Exchange Extended (LEE) (2020–2022) is a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council to extend the reach of LIFEBOTS by involving Norwegian SMEs who will generate and exchange knowledge in Norway through workshops and participate in larger LIFEBOTS activities.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
- (2020) Othering and Deprioritizing Older Adults’ Lives: Ageist Discourses During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Europe's Journal of Psychology. vol. 16 (4).
- (2021) Societal Readiness Plan for Robotics4EU. 2021.