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Transformative Robotics for Industries: 3rd Annual IEEE UK and Ireland RAS Chapter Conference and 1st Annual IFToMM UK MO Conference

Robotics and Automation Society

The aim of the annual IEEE UK&I Robotics and Automation Society conference is to improve the communication of its members and other researchers, young students and industrial professionals who are interested in the activities of RAS. This can be in research, development and education, knowledge sharing, latest research achievements and technologies in RAS, and promote collaboration and knowledge transformation. We have invited experts in the UK and abroad to give their recent research outcomes and exploration.

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Agenda (Morning):

8:30am – 9:00am Registration (with refreshment)
9:00am – 9:05am Conference opeing – Prof Jian Dai
9:05am – 9:15am Welcome from Prof Mike Hinchey – Chair of IEEE UK & Ireland Section and Prof John Gray — Chair of IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter
9:15am – 9:20am Introduction to IEEE RAS Society – Prof Kaspar Althoefer – AdCom Member of IEEE RAS Society

9:20am – 10:35 am Theme 1: RAS for Manufacturing. Chair: Prof John Gray and Prof Jian Dai
9:20am – 9:35am The Future is Now! Robotics, AI and Automation. Speaker: Bruno Siciliano, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
9:35am – 9:50am Recent Advance of Robot/PKM based Flexible Manufacturing System for Automated Aircraft Assembly. Speaker: Dr Yan Jin, Queen’s University of Belfast
9:50am – 10:05am Robotics and Automation of Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture systems for production of large scale engineering structures. Speaker: Prof Willian Stewart (Dr Jialuo Ding), Cranfield University
10:05am – 10:20am The Need for Transformative Robotics in Agriculture. Speaker: Jonathan Lodge, City Farms Systems

10:20am -10:35am Coffee Break

10:35am– 11:35 Theme 2: Health and Social Care. Chair: Prof Sanja Dogramadzi and Prof Bruno Siciliano

10:35am – 10:50am Surgical robotic interfaces – teleoperation and augmented reality. Speaker: Prof Sanja Dogramadzi, Bristol Robotics Lab
10:50am – 11:05am Electro-tactile feedback to improve gait and balancing. Speaker: Prof Venky Dubey, Bournemouth
11:05am – 11:20am The Road Ahead For Endoluminal Intervention. Speaker: Prof Alberto Arezzo, University of Turin
11:20am – 11:35am The Heart of Medical Robotics. Speaker: Dr Helge A Wurdemann, University College London

11:35 am – 12:20am Keynote Speech: Innovations in Robotics with Mechanism Design. Speaker: Marco Ceccarelli, President of IFToMM. Chair: Prof Jian Dai


Agenda (Afternoon):

12:20 – 13:00 Lunch Break and Poster Session

13:00 – 14:15 Theme 3: Arts Inspired and Reconfigurable Robotics. Chair: Jian Dai and Marco Ceccarrelli
13:00 – 13:15 Road Toward Reconfigurable Robotics from Arts with Advanced Kinematics. Speaker: Prof Jian Dai, Kings College London
13:15– 13:30 Hard Challenges in Soft Robotics. Speaker: Prof. Jamie Paik, EPFL STI IGM RRL
13:30 – 13:45 Nature Inspired Reconfigurable Robots for Space Missions. Speaker: Dr. Mini C. Saaj, University of Surrey
13:45 – 14:00 Massively distributed robotic systems – From swarms to reconfigurable robots. Speaker: Dr Roderich Gross, University of Sheffield
14:00 – 14:15 The view from EPSRC and UK Research and Innovation. Speaker: Dr Lucy Martin, EPSRC

14:15 – 15:00 Keynote Speech: (TBC). Speaker: Dr Bernd Liepert, President of euRobotics AISBL

Chair: Prof Kaspar Althoefer

15:00 -15:15 Coffee Break

15:15– 16:30 Theme 4: RAS for Extreme Environments. Chair: Prof Kaspar Althoefer and Prof Elizabeth Sklar
15:15 – 15:30 Robotic Deployments in the Nuclear Industry. Speaker: Prof Barry Lennox, University of Manchester
15:30– 15:45 Fusing function with structure in soft robotics. Speaker: Prof Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London
15:45 – 16:00 Trustworthy Collaboration in Human-Robot Team. Speaker: Prof Elizabeth Sklar, Kings College London
16:00 – 16:15 : Infrastructure Robotics for Extreme Environments. Speaker: Dr Mirko Kovac, Imperial College London
16:15 – 16:30 Challenges in Robotics for Urban Fire Fighting. Speaker: Prof Lakmal Seneviratne, Khalifa University

16:30 – 17:15 Keynote Speech: (TBC). Speaker: Prof Guangzhong Yang, Chair of UK RAS Network. Chair: Prof John Gray

17:15– 17:30 Poster Competition Announcement & Close by Prof Jian Dai and Prof John Gray

17:30 – 18:30 Networking (the 8th floor)

ponsors: IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter, IFToMM UK MO Committee, UK EPSRC RAS Network

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