Annual CDT conference

CDT RAS sixth annual conference (virtual) on Tuesday 6th October. The conference will be hosted using Zoom and Padlet.

About this Event


10:00 Conference opens with welcome and introduction by directors, Prof. Helen Hastie and Prof. Michael Mistry

10.20 Keynote speaker Professor Metin Sitti from Max Planck institute

Metin Sitti is director of Physical Intelligence Department at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany. He was a professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering and in Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, USA (2002-2014) and a research scientist at University of California at Berkeley, USA (1999-2002). He received BSc (1992) and MSc (1994) degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and PhD degree in electrical engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1999. His research interests include physical intelligence, small-scale mobile robotics, bio-inspiration, robotic materials, and untethered soft medical devices. He founded a start-up (nanoGriptech Inc.) to commercialize his lab’s gecko-inspired microfiber adhesive technology as a new disruptive adhesive material (Setex®). He is an IEEE Fellow. As selected awards, he received the ERC Advanced Grant in 2019, Rahmi Koç Science Prize in 2018, SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award in 2011, and NSF CAREER Award in 2005. He received many best paper and video awards in major conferences, e.g., Best Paper Award in the Robotics Science & Systems Conference in 2019. He is the editor-in-chief of Progress in Biomedical Engineering and Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics and an associate editor in Science Advances and Extreme Mechanics Letters.

11.10 Coffee break

11.30 Student Poster Session 1 for Topics A and B (Physical Interactions and Self-Interactions)

12.30 Keynote Speaker Prof. Sara Bernadini from Royal Holloway, University of London

Sara is currently a co-PI of three ambitious, large projects funded by industry and Innovate UK:

Connect-R (self-building modular robots for nuclear decommissioning);

MIMRee (first fully autonomous robot ensemble for inspection, maintenance and repair of off-shore wind turbines);

Prometheus (fully autonomous robots for geotechnical surveys in unknown voids).

She also leads a Leverhulme grant on using game theory for large-scale, hybrid, decision-making problems, and she is a co-PI of the project Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) funded by NERC.

13.20 Lunch session with social breakout rooms

13.50 Break from Zoom!

14.00 Keynote speaker Rich Walker from Shadow Robotic Company

Rich Walker has worked in robotics for over 20 years and leads the team at Shadow who are developing new robot systems including robot Hands and Telerobots. Rich sits on the Innovate UK “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” SIG Advisory Board, which lets him influence the direction the UK takes in robotics in a way that is ethical, as well as being a Director of euRobotics.

15:00 Industry stand session

16.00 Student Poster Session 2 for Topics C and D (People Interactions and Interaction Enablers)

17.00 Social session: Create a robot-themed cocktail/mocktail

17:20 Keynote speaker Maja Matarić from University of Southern California

Maja Matarić is Chan Soon-Shiong Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC), in Los Angeles, founding director of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center (RASC) and interim Vice President of Research at USC. Her PhD and MS are from MIT, BS from the University of Kansas. She is Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, and AAAI, recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring from President Obama, Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision, NSF Career, MIT TR35 Innovation, and IEEE RAS Early Career Awards, among others. She is very active in K-12 STEM and diversity outreach. A pioneer of socially assistive robotics, her lab’s research is developing personalized human-robot interaction methods for convalescence, rehabilitation, training, and education that have been validated in autism, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other domains. She is also the co-founder of Embodied, Inc.

18:00 Wrap-up and prize-giving (Prof. Hastie and Prof. Mistry)

18:15 Close


Tuesday, 6 October, 2020 - 09:00 to 16:30