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RAS: Disruptive Technologies for the New Normal The 5th IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Conference, University of Edinburgh, 23 Feb 2022

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) is playing a central role in creating innovative tools to help us address several global challenges -- by enabling capabilities to do things more efficiently, safely, and in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. The annual IEEE UK & Ireland RAS conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh on the 23rd Feb 2022, co-organised by The Alan Turing Institute and The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. This interactive event is targeted at robotics practitioners, Ph.D. students, PDRAs, researchers in academia and industry professionals to discuss blue sky, high-risk moon-shot ideas. The event combines a poster session, short selective talks by invited speakers in the four key themed areas of RAS and an interactive panel interspersed with inspiring keynotes by leading UK researchers.

The IEEE chapter has successfully held the RAS conferences since 2017. Due to COVID-19, we missed RAS2021. Now, we cordially invite participation from industry, academia (faculty, postdocs, PG students) in RAS and related areas to join us in this exciting opportunity to identify disruptive solutions to some of our grand challenges.

8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 9:10am Welcome to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

  • Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, University of Edinburgh / Alan Turing Institute

9:10am – 9:30am Introduction to IEEE RAS Conference

  • Professor John Gray, Chair of IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter
  • Welcome from the IEEE UK & Ireland Session Chair

9:30am – 10:00am Keynote Speech 1

  • Professor Michael Wooldridge, University of Oxford / Alan Turing Institute

10:00am - 11:00am Poster Session and Coffee break

  • Introduced by Dr Helge Wurdermann, UCL

11:15am - 12:15pm Parallel Session 1 : RAS for Extreme Environments: Construction, Inspection, Maintenance (Room1)

Session Chair: Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, University of Edinburgh

Professor Maurice Fallon, Oxford University / Alan Turing Institute

Dr Simon Watson, University of Manchester

Professor Rob Richardson, Chair of the EPSRC UK-RAS network / University of Leeds

Professor Sara Bernadini, University of London

Parallel Session 2: RAS for Social & Health Care and Assisted Living (Room2)

Session Chair: Prof Sanja Dogramadzi, University of Sheffield

Professor Sanja Dogramadzi, University of Sheffield

Professor Praminda Caleb-Solley, University of Nottingham

Professor Ram Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh

Dr Mauro Dragone, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

12:15pm-1:00pm Edinburgh Centre for Robotics Lab Tours

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch and Poster Session

2:00pm - 2:30pm Keynote speech 2

  • Paul Clarke, Independent advisor to government, industry and startups and formally CTO of Ocado

2:30pm - 3:30pm Parallel Session 3 : Verifiable and Explainable Tools for real-world RAS Deployment (Room 1)

Session Chair: Professor Michael Wooldridge, Alan Turing Institute

Mike Wilson, CTO of MTC

Dr Stefano Albrecht – University of Edinburgh / Alan Turing Institute

Professor David Lane – Heriot Watt University

Professor Gopal Ramchurn – Lead of ESPRC Trustworthy Autonomous System Hub

Parallel Session 4: RAS for Space (Room 2)

Session Chair: Professor Yang Gao, University of Surrey

Professor Yang Gao, Head of STAR LAB, University of Surrey

Aron Kisdi, UK Robotics Lead, GMV NSL Limited

Professor Clare Dixon, University of Manchester

Adrian Stoica, Robotics Section, NASA-JPL, USA (Virtual)

3:30pm - 4.00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm - 4:30pm Keynote speech 3

  • Professor Kaspar Althoefer, QMUL

4:30pm - 5:15pm Panel Forum

  • Opportunities of RAS facing the current ongoing challenges across sectors

5:15pm - 5:30pm Awards: Poster Spotlight for Awardees

Chaired by: Dr Helge Wurdermann, UCL and Dr Hongmei He, Cranfield University

5.30pm Closing

  • Prof John Gray, Chair of IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter


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EH8 9AB

United Kingdom

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Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) is playing a central role in creating innovative tools to help us address several global challenges -- by enabling capabilities to do things more efficiently, safely, and in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. The annual IEEE UK & Ireland RAS conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh on the 23rd Feb 2022, co-organised by The Alan Turing Institute and The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. This interactive event is targeted at robotics practitioners, Ph.D. students, PDRAs, researchers in academia and industry professionals to discuss blue sky, high-risk moon-shot ideas. The event combines a poster session, short selective talks by invited speakers in the four key themed areas of RAS and an interactive panel interspersed with inspiring keynotes by leading UK researchers.

The IEEE chapter has successfully held the RAS conferences since 2017. Due to COVID-19, we missed RAS2021. Now, we cordially invite participation from industry, academia (faculty, postdocs, PG students) in RAS and related areas to join us in this exciting opportunity to identify disruptive solutions to some of our grand challenges.

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