Annual CDT conference

**Please note that this event is by invitation only**

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics fifth annual conference will take place at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 8th October in the South Hall conference facility on the Pollock Halls campus.


09.00                  Welcome to conference & 2019 cohort

09.15                  Review of 2018-19

09.45                  Keynote speaker – Dr Luca Iocchi, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy

                           Title: Cognitive social robots

Prof. Luca Iocchi ( is Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His main research interests include cognitive robotics, action planning, multi-robot coordination, robot perception, robot learning, human-robot interaction and social robotics. He is author of over 150 referred papers (h-index 38 [Google scholar]) in journals and conferences in artificial intelligence and robotics, member of the program committee of several conferences (IJCAI, AAAI, AAMAS, ICRA, IROS), guest editor for journal special issues and reviewer for many journals in the field. He has coordinated national projects and he has been principal investigator of international projects (including COACHES). Currently, he is co-PI of SciRoc and AI4EU H2020 projects.

He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the RoboCup Federation and contributed to benchmarking domestic service robots through scientific competitions within RoboCup@Home and the European Robotics League Service Robots (ERL-SR), of which he has been member of the Organizing Committees since their origin.

He organized several international scientific competitions, as well as student competitions focussing on service robots and human-robot interaction (including ERL-SR, European RoboCupJunior Championship and RoboCup@Home Education Challenges). He has supervised the development of teams participating to robotic competitions, such as RoboCup soccer, RoboCup rescue, RoboCup@Home.

10.30                  Student presentations

10.45                  Break for refreshments

11.00                  Student presentations

11.30                  Keynote speaker - Dr Michael Gienger, Chief Scientist (Robotics) Honda Research Institute Europe

     Title: Concepts for intuitive human-robot interaction

Michael Gienger received the diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1998. From 1998 to 2003, he was research assistant at the Institute of Applied Mechanics of the TUM, addressing issues in design and realization of biped robots. He received his Ph.D. degree with a dissertation on ``Design and Realization of a Biped Walking Robot''. After this, Michael Gienger joined the Honda Research Institute Europe in Germany in 2003. Currently he works as a Chief Scientist in the field of robotics. His research interests include mechatronics, robotics, control systems, imitation learning and cognitive systems.

12:15                  Student presentations 

12.35                  Lunch and poster event

14.15                  Student presentations

15.15                  Refreshments and Poster event

16.30                  Depart for Tour of ROBOTARIUM East

Conference Dinner

Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh

19.00                   Pre-Dinner Drinks

19.30                   Dinner

After Dinner Speaker - Dr Thusha Rajendran, Reader in Psychology, Heriot-Watt University 

“Here, I will take a light-hearted look at identity and what it means to be Psychologist, a Computer Scientist, a Roboticist – and how can you use the stereotypes about you to your advantage.”


Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 - 09:00 to 16:30
South Hall, Pollock Halls Campus, University of Edinburgh