Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Annual Conference

Please note this event is by invitation only.

The aim of this conference is to provide delegates with an overview of the areas of research in which the CDT students are working,  and to provide an opportunity to explore areas of collaboration with the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.

Thursday 13th October 2016

The agenda is as follows:

09:00                     Registration, teas and coffees

09:25                     Welcome – Professor Sethu Vijayakumar

09.30                     First Keynote Speaker – Professor Chris Atkeson

Chris Atkeson is a Professor in the Robotics Institute and Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU. He received the M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and the Ph.D. degree in Brain and Cognitive Science from M.I.T. Chris joined the M.I.T. faculty in 1986, moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing in 1994, and to CMU in 2000. Chris has received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Teaching Award from the MIT Graduate Student Council.

10:15                     Welcome new students and review of 2015-16 - Professors David Lane & Sethu Vijayakumar

11:00                     Break (refreshments)

11:15                     Student project presentations – 2014 cohort

11.40                     Benefits to Industry of sponsoring a CDT student – Tim Embley

Innovation and Knowledge Manager at Costain talks about the benefits of sponsoring a PhD student and the right way to form a sustainable University-Industry relationship within the demands of the market forces.

12:00                     Student project presentations   - 2015 cohort

12:35                     Lunch and networking

13:30                     Second keynote speaker - Michael Talbot

Michael Talbot is Head of Strategy in the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), a new joint policy unit between BIS and DfT, addressing the interaction among vehicles, infrastructure, and data to achieve these technologies’ significant economic and social benefits. Michael is also the policy lead for intelligent mobility in BIS.

14:15                     Student project presentations – 2014 cohort

14.40                     Posters and exhibition viewing

15:30                     Tour of facilities, individual meetings

16:15                     Conference close - Professor David Lane

Conference Dinner (By Invitation Only)

20:00                     After Dinner Speaker: Alice Bentinck

Alice Bentinck MBE is a British technology consultant, educator and blogger. She is the co-founder and COO of Entrepreneur First, a London-based startup accelerator for UK and Central European tech graduates, and also the co-founder of the Code First: Girls free web programming courses for women in university. An advocate for the entry of more women to the tech field, she was named one of the Fifty Most Inspiring Women in European Tech by the Inspiring Fifty organisation in 2015.



Thursday, 13 October, 2016 - 09:00 to 22:30
Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh