UK’s largest robotics conference comes to Bristol

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Robotics and technology experts from the across the globe are coming to Bristol for a leading conference being hosted by Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL).

Now in its 19th year, the TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) event is the longest running UK-hosted international conference on robotics and autonomous systems and largest robotics conference in the country. Between 25-27th July at the M Shed museum, it will bring together the latest research and applications in autonomous robotics.

Two of the event’s four keynote speakers are from BRL: Silas Adekunle, Co-founder of Reach Robotics, and Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics.

The conference’s other keynote speakers are Kerstin Dautenhahn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at University of Hertfordshire, who on the final day will speak about robot-assisted therapy for children with autism; and Brian Scassellati, Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering at Yale University, who on the evening of the first day will discuss socially assistive robots capable of assisting users through social, rather than physical, interaction. Professor Scassellati’s lecture, sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, is open to the general public and free to attend.

A team of nine academics from BRL is organising the event, with 12 students set to play a role through volunteering. The conference is expected to attract up to 130 delegates on each day.

Dr Manuel Giuliani, Professor in Embedded Cognitive AI for Robotics at BRL and General Chair of TAROS 2018, said: “TAROS is the perfect venue for the robotics community to come together and exchange ideas. Bristol is a wonderful innovative city that invites creative thinking and provides the perfect backdrop to create new ideas for robotics research and to find the right partners to realise these ideas.”

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This post has been edited from a news item originally published on the UWE Bristol news site on 30th April 2018.

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