Robotics: Utilities and Beyond organised by the IGEM Scottish Section and IET Scotland South East Network took place at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh. Keynote speakers included Sam Wilson, Head of UK Business Development at ULC Robotics; Wez Little, Innovations Director at Synthotech Limited; Wolfgang Merkt and Joao Moura, from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.
Dr Patricia A Vargas, Dr Renan Moioli, Dr Micael Couceiro, Prof Josh Bongard and Prof Phil Husbands are leading and organising a special session that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8-13 July this year.
The IEEE Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics is part of the WCCI 2018, which is the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence.
Sethu Vijayakumar appeared at TEDx Glasgow on Friday 1st June, giving a talk entitled 'Sending your robot to Mars? List of things to pack'.
In the talk, Sethu outlined the capabilities that would be required in an unmanned robotic pre-deployment mission to Mars. Three live robotics demonstrations were also included. Students from the centre joined Sethu to assist with the robots.
Dr. Filippo Cavallo with be hosting a joint seminar with University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. The dates and times are as follows:
Date: Monday 11th June
Place: Room G.07, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Date: Wednesday 13th June
Place: Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Sethu Vijayakumar joined a panel of Scottish leaders at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16th May in a discussion exploring the aspirations for Scotland in 2030.
During the event, run by Scotland’s Futures Forum and the RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland, a video and engagement project to explore people’s hopes and fears about the changes that would face the country in the coming decades.
We are delighted to confirm that a team of six students from Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR) along with one undergraduate student from Heriot-Watt University has been selected to take part in the final round of the RoboCup Rescue Simulation League - Virtual Robot Competition.
A team of academics from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics have discovered that robots can make humans sleepy. About half of adults yawn after someone else yawns due to a universal phenomenon called contagious yawning. Volunteers who watched the EMYS android robot that mimicks the sounds and signs of sleepiness found that they too developed the urge to yawn. The discovery could help scientists design androids to help around the home.
CreatED 2018 was a 24-hour hardware Hackathon organised by both the Heriot-Watt Robotics Society and the Robotics Society at the University of Edinburgh. Around one hundred attendees queued outside the Appleton Tower at the University of Edinburgh waiting to collect their t-shirts and wrist bands! Some had backpacks and sleeping bags with them as they had travelled from afar (and even from overseas) to be a part of this great event!
Representatives from sponsoring companies gave workshops and mentored the participants as they engaged with their various projects.
RAS CDT students Siobhan Duncan and Boris Mocialov attended the Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival along with Nathan Todd and Klaudia Kleczkowska from the Heriot-Watt Robotics Society.