Upcoming events

ECR to attend Dumfries & Galloway Science Festival

Sat, 21/04/2018 - 12:00
Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries

Students from Edinburgh Centre for Robotics will be attending this event to showcase the work of the Centre through demonstrations of Miro, Nao and Spheros robots. 

This is a family-oriented science fest from the makers of Glasgow Science Festival, with drop-in displays and exhibitions and loads of science related fun for everyone.

Creativity@Home training programme 25 -26 April

Wed, 25/04/2018 (All day)
Robotarium seminar room

A fast paced, intellectually stimulating and highly interactive 2 day workshop bringing an evidence based approach to generating ideas and design thinking for real world challenges in robotics. Students will learn how to think big, spot new research possibilities, solve tricky problems and generate ideas. They’ll also learn new skills to support communication and collaboration when thinking collectively about complex problems.

Gateway Event - Robotics: Utilities and Beyond

Thu, 26/04/2018 - 17:00 to 20:30
Apex Grassmarket Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS

This event hosted by IGEM Scottish Section and IET Scotland South East Network will look at robotics development, exploring academic research through to practical applications in the utilities sector.

The event will feature speakers at the forefront of robotics advancement, including:

Gateway Event - HRI from a psychologist's perspective

Fri, 04/05/2018 - 10:30 to 11:30
Robotarium Seminar Room, EM, Heriot-Watt University

HRI especially socially assistive robots is an interdisciplinary field. Here, I offer the perspective of a developmental psychologist of what psychology can gain and what we can offer to this field (e.g. theory and research methods). I will discuss key elements of child development (e.g. joint attention, theory of mind) which are relevant to developmental robotics and aspects of social developmental (e.g. communication development) that are key to social robotics.

Inaugural Lecture: How Machines Learn to Talk

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 15:30
Cairn Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Centre, Edinburgh Campus

Conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes interaction with machines possible through voice and text platforms, and is a rapidly growing research area. It is estimated that 16% of adults in the US own and regularly use smart speakers, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home (NPR & Edison research).

These Conversational AI Systems have experienced a revolution over the past decade, moving from being completely handcrafted to using “intelligent” data-driven machine learning methods. 

Pint of Science: Designing Robots and AI for the future

Wed, 16/05/2018 - 19:00
Frankenstein Bar, 26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN

Throughout the evening you will hear from leaders in their field, Professor Emma Hart from Napier University and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar from the University of Edinburgh, outline how they are shaping the future of robotics and AI. You’ll have a unique opportunity to see and interact with some of the projects. You can even have a pint with a robot!! 

Tickets cost £4.00 and can be purchased onlinehttps://pintofscience.co.uk/event/designing-robots-and-ai-for-the-future