“One of the most important questions concerning the usage of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) is the meaning of the potential loss of human control on the use of force and its consequences”, – Gilles Giacca, Legal Adviser of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Legal Division at PIR Center's round table


In the new issue of the Security Index: Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO on DPRK nuclear testing and the future of the CTBTO, PIR Center’s recommendations for strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime with comments by Sergio Duarte, High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012), Vadim Kozyulin on autonomous combat systems, Andrey Shkarbanov and Konstantin Stalmakhov on civil liability for nuclear damage, Kamal Gasimov on conflicts and squabbles within Syrian opposition, round table discussion on high-tech crime co-sponsored by CCI and PIR Center, Olga Mikhailova on cyber security of NPPs and critical infrastructure, Alyona Makhukova on Humanitarian initiative and the NPT review process.


"Modern machines that lay claim to being called “robots”, surpass humans in quantitative analysis, performing routine and repeated tasks and processing large amount of information. Today, however, even a child can easily beat a robot in qualitative analysis or logical thinking", − Albert Efimov, Head of the Centre for Robotics Studies at Skolkovo Foundation.

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Name: Efimov, Albert R.
Affiliation: Skolkovo Fund
Position: Head of Robotic Center
Biography :

In 1993, he graduated from the Faculty of Cybernetics of Moscow Institute of Radio Electronics and Mathematics. In 2002, he became Chevening Scholarship Programme Laureate and obtained a Master Degree in Communication Management at Strathclyde Graduate Business School (UK). In 2012, he studied at the summer school of robotics in Imperial College of London. Since 2013, he has been a postgraduate student at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. He is the author of a number of scientific papers on Russian innovation ecosystem and the co-author of the report of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology on new production technologies.

From 1994 to 2011, he worked in medium and large Russian telecommunication companies – "Aerocom", "Equant" and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) Group. In MTS, he was responsible for the development and implementation of IT strategy and interaction with business.

In 2011, he was appointed to the position of IT-projects Director in the Cluster of Information Technology of Skolkovo Fund. In 2011-2014, he developed a number of projects to support small high-tech enterprises, Skolkovo participants in the field of IT penetration into health care, communication and computer vision. In 2013-2014, he worked as a public secretary of the Expert Council of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation for the development of the information technology industry.

In 2013, he organized the first Russian conference on robotics - Skolkovo Robotics. Since August 2014, he has been heading Robotic Center of Skolkovo Fund, the main goal is the acceleration of entrepreneurial activity in the field of robotics and cyberphysical systems. RoboCenter is the organizer and inspirer of all the activities of the Skolkovo Fund, whose name begins with "robo ...".