Dana Research Centre and Library
165 Queen's Gate
Robot Futures: Vision and Touch in Robotics
Saturday 8 July 2017
Dana Research centre and Library
165 Queen's Gate, Kensington, London, SW7 5HD
This symposium brings together engineers, scientists, cultural theorists and artists who work in the field of robotics to explore notions of embodiment, telepresence and virtual and augmented realities.
Humans are embodied in robotic explorers; endowing them with ‘eyes’ and ‘hands’ robots are able to relate perceptions and experiences of places and objects physically unavailable to us. Although such robots might not ‘look’ human, it is the desire to see stereoscopically, and to feel through all the senses that endow robots with anthropomorphic qualities; we see and feel through the robot. In this way robots enable a more embodied experience, which is nonetheless mediated. It is in the development of virtual reality technologies that is increasingly enabling us to see and feel as the robot in order to get us closer to a more immersive experience.
9 - 10: Tour of Robots show
10 - 10.30: Break and demonstration of ROBOT DE NIRO by Imperial College Robotics Lab
10:30 - 12.30: Panel 1: Robotic Vision and Robotic Touch: seeing and feeling through robots
12.30 - 1.30: Lunch
13.30 - 15.15: Panel 2: Robot / Human Fictions
15.15 - 16.00: Break and demonstration of ROBOT DE NIRO by Imperial College Robotics Lab
16.00 - 18.00: Panel 3: Virtual and Augmented Reality: seeing and feeling as robots
10.30 - 12.30 PANEL 1 – Robotic Vision and Robotic Touch: seeing and feeling through robots
Dr Petar Kormushev, Imperial College Robotics Lab, Robot DE NIRO presentation (demo in break)
Gregory Minissale, Nonlinear Vision and Touch in Art, Science and Technology
Joey Holder, Ophiux
Nea Ehrlich, Envisioning 21st Century Techno-Vision: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Machine Witnessing in Non-Fiction
Panel discussion co-chaired by Luci Eldridge and Nina Trivedi
13.30 - 15.15 PANEL 2 – Robot / Human Fictions
Bianca Westermann, Robotic Presences: Encounters with the Artificial between Social Companionship and Embodied Representation.
Ruairi Glynn, Animacy Aesthetics
Maya Oppenheimer, The Robotics Division of the Dramaco Instrument Company Introduces the Ensocellorator Reliance Pro II
Panel discussion chaired by Dr Helen Hester, Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of West London
16.00 - 18.00 PANEL 3 – Virtual and Augmented Reality: seeing and feeling as robots
Stephen Ellis (via Skype), On the character, scope, and meaning of the spatial user interface to Virtual Environments: its recent and deep history
Simon Julier, Title to be confirmed
Nicola Plant, Expressive movement in Virtual Reality: Touching sentience.
Jeremiah Ambrose, Systems of Seeing: Virtual Gaze Interaction
Panel discussion chaired by Dr Ryan Bishop, Professor at the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media, University of Southampton
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