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IET Christmas Lecture 2017 - Surrey

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On Wednesday 6 December 2017, the IET and University of Surrey are proud to host the annual Christmas Lecture.

This year, the lecture will be led by Dr. Mirko Kovac on the following topic:

“Bio-Inspired Flying Robots for Future Cities”

The rise of robotics offers a unique opportunity to re-imagine the design and function of future urban environments. Future smart cities may behave like complex ecosystems in which humans, nature and robots exist in symbiosis.

In these future cities, swarms of friendly flying robots could move autonomously alongside humans, performing task to serve society for constructing and repairing building, carrying objects and monitoring the environment. Some of the most exciting prospects for these future robotics systems draw their inspiration from energy-efficient, flexible strategies seen in living organisms that can adapt and thrive in complex, changing environments.

Dr. Mirko Kovac will take us on exciting journey toward a future smart city, showing the newest bio-inspired flying robots that have been developed at the Aerial Robotics Laboratory by studying natural systems. Their flexibility will liberate architectural expressiveness, improve urban design and offer new ways to provide the core services that keep cities running.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mirko Kovac is director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at the Aeronautics Department at Imperial College London. His research interest is the conception and design of novel morphologies and locomotion methods for mobile robots and their analogy in biological systems. Before his appointment in London, he was post-doctoral researcher at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. Since 2006, he has presented his work at numerous international conferences and in journals and has won several best paper and best presentation awards. Also, he is advisor to the UK government on aerial robotics opportunities and he is founding member of the London Robotics Network that acts as the community building hub in the larger London area for robotics in academia and industry.

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All tickets are free of charge and are available to schools and families.

The recommended target audience is 13 - 18 year olds who are interested in Science, Engineering and Technology. However, this event is also designed and targeted towards introducing new concepts to family members and younger siblings.

Doors open at 18:00 in preparation for an expected start time of 18:30.

Please print your ticket in advance and present upon arrival.

Parking is available on University of Surrey campus.

For further information, please contact wp@surrey.ac.uk

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