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City, University of London Conference on Robotics and Autonomous Systems Supported by IEEE UK and Ireland RAS Chapter

This event is a symposium organised by City University, London and supported by IEEE UK and Ireland Robotics and Autonomous Systems Society Chapter, featuring a diverse range of keynote talks on robotics and autonomous systems.

It begins with an opening address by the Vice President (Research) and the Dean of Science and Technology School. Keynote speakers include experts from various prestigious institutions, covering topics such as Autonomous Systems Research Development, Human-Robot Augmentation, Soft Robotic Medical Devices, Humanoids as General Purpose Robots, Development and Deployment of Robots in Nuclear Environments, Brain-Inspired Robotics, Autonomous Mobility in Mars Exploration, and Surgical Robotics. The event concludes with a closure by the Engineering Head of Department.

The symposium provides a comprehensive overview of cutting-edge research and developments in the field of robotics and autonomous systems, featuring insights from renowned professionals in academia and industry.


1030 – 1045 Event Opening by the Vice President (Research): Prof Leanne Aitken and the Dean of Science and Technology School (SST): Prof Raj Roy

1045 – 1120 Autonomous Systems Research Development at CITY: Keynote Talk by Prof Nabil Aouf: Director of Systems, Autonomy and Control Centre at City University of London.

1120 – 1155 Human-robot augmentation: Keynote Talk by Prof Etienne Burdet: Head of the Human Robotics Group at Imperial College London.

1155 – 1230 Soft robotic medical devices: Keynote Talk by Prof Helge Wurdemann: Head of the Soft Haptics and Robotics Lab at University College of London.

1230 – 1305 Humanoids as General Purpose Robots: Keynote Talk by Dr Abdderahmane Kheddar: Directeur de Recherche at CNRS. Director of the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotic Laboratory (JRL), Tsukuba, Japan; and team leader of the Interactive Digital Humans (IDH) team at CNRS-UM LIRMM at Montpellier, France.

1305 – 1430 Lunch

1430 – 1505 Development and Deployment of Robots in Nuclear Environments: Keynote Talk by Prof Barry Lennox: Professor of Applied Control and Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning, Co-Director of the Manchester Centre for Robotics and AI and Chair of UK-RAS, University of Manchester.

1505 – 1540 Brain-inspired robotics: State-of-the-art and future directions: Keynote Talk by Prof Tony Prescott: Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Sheffield, UK, and the co-founder and former director of Sheffield Robotics.

1540 – 1615 Autonomous mobility in Mars exploration: recent achievements and future prospects: Keynote Talk by Dr Larry Matthies: Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, in the Mobility and Robotic Systems Section. Technology Coordinator for the Mars Exploration Program office at JPL.

1615 – 1650 Surgical Robotics: Imperial’s Own Experience: Keynote Talk by Prof Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena: Professor of Medical Robotics Applied Mechanics Division Head and Hamlyn Centre Co-Director at Imperial College London.

1650 Event closure by: The Engineering Head of Department: Prof Asa Barber

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