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Robots in society - current robotics

Date: 8 November 2017
Time: 09:30 - 17:30

LSBU Southwark Campus - Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre

Organiser: Ashutosh Choubey and Nikki Lam
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Price: £60 for members of CLAWAR, BCS and WCIT and LSBU academics. £70 for non-members. £40 for external students. Free for LSBU students (limited spaces available)

Join our one-day conference bringing together researchers, professionals and industry experts with an interest in robotics and their impact on society and industry today

Hosted by London South Bank University (LSBU) as part of the Robots in society series, this event will focus on current robotics; exploring the growing role of robots in different services and sectors, and everyday life.

The role of robots is evolving rapidly, from their industrial manufacturing roots, to wider service applications with closer human-robot interaction. With a degree of autonomy, robots have the capability to make independent decisions for fulfilling their tasks. Robots are now being used for medical surgery, aiding the rehabilitation of patients or providing support to disabled people. There are also driverless cars and drones which are now falling into the robotics agenda. With the development of new emerging robots, how can we manage concerns relating to safety, ethics and law?

This interactive conference will give you the opportunity to join the discussion with industry experts around societal concerns, network with the robotics community and see live demonstrations of the latest emerging robots.

Come and hear from:

  • Prof Bryan Bridge, TWI and CLAWAR Association Ltd
  • Dr Raphael Grech, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry
  • Satwik Mehta, HSSMI
  • Prof Tariq Sattar, TWI Chair and Director of the London South Bank Innovation Centre
  • Dr Simon Watson, Lecturer in Robotic Systems at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester
  • Dr Sarah Fletcher, Cranfield University
  • Prof Gurvinder S. Virk, Technical Director at Innotec UK Ltd
  • Luke Hares, Cambridge Medical Robotics
  • Dr Peter O'Neill, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Isabel Ferreira, Lisbon University, Portugal

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This event is the second in a series of five Robots in society events organised by the CLAWAR Association.

Breakfast, lunch, drinks and a canapé reception will be provided on the day.


9.30amRegistration and coffee
10amWelcome and event overview: Current robots and emerging robotic applications with Prof Bryan Bridge (TWI and CLAWAR)

Presentations including:

Robots for manufacturing with Dr Raphael Grech, MTC Coventry

Collaborative industrial robots with Satwik Mehta, HSSMI


Presentations including:

NDT robot applications in hazardous environments with Prof Tariq Sattar, LSBU

Robots for nuclear applications with Dr Simon Watson, Manchester University

Robot Ethics with Dr Sarah Fletcher, Cranfield University

Service robots with Prof Gurvinder S Virk, CLAWAR and InnotecUK

1pmLunch and robot exhibition
2pmPresentations including:

Medical robots with Luke Hares, Cambridge Medical Robotics

Users with disabilities interacting/controlling robots with Dr Peter O'Neill, Sheffield Hallam University

Robots in education with Dr Isabel Ferreira, Lisbon University Portugal
3pmRefreshment break with robot demonstrations of research prototypes and company products
3.30pmRobot videos

Panel discussion and Q&A exploring:

Are current robots important for society in the UK? If so, why?

What are the key areas for new robot applications?

What are the main barriers to the widespread adoption of robots?

Which areas are most important globally and for the UK?

Panel moderator: Osman Tokhi, LSBU

5.30pmClose with Prof Gurvinder S Virk, CLAWAR
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