UK Robotics Week
  • Portland Square Building

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The third UK Robotics Week takes place in the last week of June and the University is celebrating by hosting an open house event on Monday 25 June, comprising lab demonstrations, research presentations and keynote presentations.

From 10:00-12:00, you are welcome to a series of demonstrations in the adjacent area to the Plymouth Lecture Theatre to see robots in action. This will be followed by quick-fire research presentations on cutting-edge robotics research by the University‚Äôs PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at 13:00. Keynote presentations will round off the event.

This event is open to all and no booking is required - drop-in for any part of the programme in the Portland Square Building as you wish (subject to capacity). Please note that seating in the lecture theatre is available on a first-come-first-served basis.


10:00-12:00 - demonstrations and robots in action, venue: adjacent atria
  • iCub Robot
  • Pepper Robot - Fitbot
  • Pepper Robot (APRIL project)
  • Nao Robot (APRIL project)
  • Giraff Robot
  • Gummi Arm
  • Field Robotics LTD

12:00 - Buffet/lunch

13:00-15:00 - APRIL-EPIC research presentations, venue: Plymouth Lecture Theatre

  • Pontus Loviken: Schema Development for Sensorimotor Control
  • Asimina Marmpena: Emotional Bootstrap for Empathic Communication
  • Bahar Irfan: Social Learning through Contingent Interaction
  • Alexandre Antunes: Grounded Communication for Planning What to Say and What to Do
  • Oksana Hagen: Deep Learning of Hierarchical and Abstract Concepts
  • Gabriel Esteban Aguiar Noury: The Robotic Care Sector; An Ecosystem Takes Shape

15:00 - Coffee break

15:30-18:00 - Keynote presentations, venue: Plymouth Lecture Theatre

  • Alban Laflaquiere: Softbank Robotics Europe: Building intelligent humanoid robots
  • Ray Jones: EPIC project: Implementing the use of digital technologies, including robotics, in health and social care in Devon and Cornwall
  • Alessandra Sciutti: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia: Humane Robots - the need for an Anthropomorphic Mind

18:00 - Event ends

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About the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS)

The CRNS, part of the University's Cognition Institute, builds on the world-leading and international excellence performance in the field of computer science, cognitive robotics and neural computation. Please visit the above link for further information.

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