Upcoming events

Digital Nature: Using digital technologies to enhance children’s compassion to animals and their psychological connectedness with nature.

Date: 
Fri, 21/09/2018 - 14:00
Location: 
Room 4.31/33, Informatics Forum
Speaker: 
Prof. Jo Williams
University of Edinburgh

Abstract: There is currently social concern about children’s extensive engagement in digital technologies and the negative impact that it might have on physical activity health, engagement in face-to-face human interaction, and connectedness with nature. My research, however, explores the potential for digital technologies to be used as a means to enhance positive interactions with animals (reduce cruelty and increase compassionate behaviour) and also increase children’s connectedness with nature.

Should robots have rights?

Date: 
Fri, 21/09/2018 - 14:30
Location: 
ExCeL, London
Speaker: 
Dr. Patricia Vargas
Heriot-Watt University

In 2015, two chimpanzees in New York were granted “legal person status” by a court ruling. In 2017, a humanoid robot named SOPHIA was granted citizenship by the Saudi Arabia government. These actions have potentially groundbreaking implications in the field of medical and robot ethics. Join Patricia Vargas, roboethicist and director of the robotics laboratory at Heriot-Watt University as she explores the rights of the machine and whether robots could be ever ethical.

Presentation skills training

Date: 
Thu, 27/09/2018 - 13:30 to 17:00
Location: 
Robotarium seminar room - Heriot-Watt University

This half day masterclass aims to provide students with the skills required to deliver a clear and confident pitch at the CDT Annual Conference in October.

The workshop will cover:

  • Understanding what makes an effective pitch
  • Being clear about the objective and the audience
  • Filming of your pitch with feedback
  • Reflections and action plan

Throughout the session the following areas will be addressed:

Presentation skills training

Date: 
Fri, 28/09/2018 - 13:30 to 17:00
Location: 
Rooms 4.31/4.33 Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

This half-day masterclass aims to provide students with the skills required to deliver a clear and confident pitch at the CDT Annual Conference in October.

The workshop will cover:

•Understanding what makes an effective pitch

•Being clear about the objective and the audience

•Filming of your pitch with feedback

•Reflections and action plan

Throughout the session the following areas will be addressed:

Morals and the Machine Workshop

Date: 
Mon, 08/10/2018 - 09:00 to 15:30
Location: 
G.03 in the Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh

 

09:00 Mark Sprevak (University of Edinburgh)

10:00 Coffee break

10:15 Aurora Voiculescu (Westminster University)

11:15 Tom Sorell (University of Warwick)

12:15 Lunch

13:00 David Gunkel (Northern Illinois University)

14:00 Group discussions

14:45 Plenary reports from groups

15:15 Closing remarks

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Annual Conference

Date: 
Tue, 09/10/2018 - 09:00 to 17:00
Location: 
John McIntyre Conference Centre
Speaker: 
Prof. Katja Mombaur; Dr. Andrew Fitzgibbon; Dr. Stefan Schaal; Dr Kimberly Hambuchen

Please note that this event is by invitation only.

The conference will be held in the John McIntyre Conference Centre at the University of Edinburgh. 

The proposed schedule is as follows:

Programme

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics fourth annual conference will take place at the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 9th October in the John McIntyre Pentland Suite, Pollock Halls. 

Programme

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Conference Dinner

Date: 
Tue, 09/10/2018 - 19:00 to 22:45
Location: 
Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh
Speaker: 
Dr Kimberly Hambuchen
Principal Technologist for Robotics, Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA, Houston, Texas

This dinner forms part of our annual conference and is by invitation only

After Dinner Keynote: 

Dr Kimberly Hambuchen, Principal Technologist for Robotics, Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA, Houston, Texas

Title: A Small-Town Girl’s Journey to NASA Robotics Principal Technologist

Gateway Event: Robotic surgery and its challenges

Date: 
Fri, 26/10/2018 - 14:00
Location: 
Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University
Speaker: 
Samuel John
OtoJig GmbH

Abstract: From sci-fi we know what we want from surgical robotics; basically, it's simple: super human performance, speed, and precision without trembling, without mistakes ... reaching minimally-invasively deep into the human body, but reacting adequately, gently, and quickly to any unforeseen event, sharing the work space with the legacy human OR staff. And will the surgeon become obsolete anytime soon? Let’s look at the state of the art in robotics, industry robotics, as well as surgical robotics that we do have today.

Gateway Event: Developmental Robotics for Language Learning, Trust and Theory of Mind

Date: 
Fri, 23/11/2018 - 14:00
Location: 
G.07/G.07A, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh
Speaker: 
Angelo Cangelosi
University of Manchester

Abstract: Growing theoretical and experimental research on action and language processing and on number learning and gestures clearly demonstrates the role of embodiment in cognition and language processing. In psychology and neuroscience, this evidence constitutes the basis of embodied cognition, also known as grounded cognition (Pezzulo et al. 2012; Borghi & Cangelosi 2014).