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The First Annual IEEE UK & Ireland Robotics and Automation Symposium

Synchronising with the pace of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the UK & Ireland RAS chapter addresses the advancement of the theory and practice of robotics and automation engineering and science and of the allied arts and sciences, and for the maintenance of high professional standards among its members. Today, Robotics and Automation Technologies have been widely applied in various areas, such as Manufacturing, Medical Surgery, Healthcare, Agriculture, Urban Search and Rescue, Surveillance, etc. We invite 8 keynote speakers in the area of RAS to present the latest technologies in RAS and explore the challenges in different applications.

The aim of the annual IEEE UK&I RAS conference to improve the communication of its members and other researchers, young students and industrial professionals who are interested in the activities of RAS in research, development and education, share the knowledge, latest research achievements and technologies in RAS, and promote collaboration and knowledge transformation.


8.30am – 9.30am Registration and welcome coffee

9:30am – 10:00am The Development and Prospective of RAS – Prof John Gray, Chair of IEEE UK&I RAS Chapter, Room1

10:00am – 11:00am Topic: Human/Robot Collaboration in Manufacturing, Room 1 – Speaker: Prof Phil Webb, Cranfield University

Topic: Industry 4.0, the future of manufacturing, Room 2 – Speaker: Prof Svetan Ratchev, University of Nottingham

10:00am –16:00 PhD Poster session , Rooms  1 & 2

11:00am – 11:30am Coffee Break

11:30am – 12:30 Topic: Controllable Compliance in Robot Arms , Room 1 – Introducing the Series Elastic Link – Speaker: Prof Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London

Topic: AI for Long-Term Robot Autonomy, Room 2 – Speaker: Dr Nick Hawes, University of Birmingham

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Topic: Assistive Robotics to Support Independent Living, Room 1 – Speaker: Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly, Bristol Robotics Lab

Topic: RAS in the Agri-Food Sector, Room 2 – Speaker: Dr Andrea Paoli, University of Lincoln

14:30-15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00 Topic: Mobile Robots for Remote Characterisation of Nuclear Facilities, Room 1 – Speaker: Prof Barry Lennox, University of Manchester

Topic: Robotics in Urban Search and Rescue, Room 2 – Addressing Safety and Security Issues – Speaker: Prof Jacques Penders, Sheffield Robotics

16:00 – 16:30 Panel Q&A, Room 1

16:30 – 17:00 Farewell talk, Room 1, Prof John Gray, the chair of IEEE UK&I RAS chapter

17:00 – 18:00 RAS committee meeting, Room 1

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