Do you want to know what is happening in the world of robotics?
Explore the 'inner geek' in yourself with this update on one of today's most exciting technologies.
With speakers from university and business, this BEN event will cover what the new developments are in the field, and what opportunities there are for exploiting the commercial potential of robotica and sensor technology in business.
There will be time for networking with fellow businesspeople, and one-to-one discussions with experts in the field.
We will be joined by four highly-qualified speakers each looking at a different area of this fascinating subject.
Professor Alan Winfield - Bristol Robotics Laboratory
An engineer and academic at UWE Bristol, Professor Winfield conducts research into mobile robotics within the Bristol Robotics Lab.
His current work focusses on the engineering and scientific applications of Swarm Intelligence and he is particularly interested in the questions it raises about culture, emergence, self-organisation and intelligence.
Professor Winfield is keen to share research and ideas in the field of robotics as he believes that robots, complex and useful machines, which embody every design challenge and discipline there is, will become ubiquitous in the very near future. This, of course, raises the question of what future robotics can do for your business?
Rob Buckingham - OC Robotics
After building their first prototype 2001, this expanding company has been successfully delivering snake arm robots for confined spaces to partners and clients all over the world.
Rob Buckingham co-founded OC Robotics in 1997 with Andrew Graham. OC Robotics customers include: Airbus, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, Areva, EDF, Ontario Power Generation, Sellafield, UK MOD and US DOD.
Rob has been Managing Director of OC Robotics since 2001. Prior to OC Robotics, Rob was a lecturer at the University of Bristol and worked for the UKAEA at Culham Labs.
Rob has a PhD in Robotics from the University of Bristol and a BSc and MEng from the Special Engineering Programme from Brunel University, London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. In 2009, Rob was awarded The Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal. In the same year OC Robotics won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation and the British Engineering Excellence Award.
Dr Graham Whitely - Elumotion
Robotics company Elumotion Ltd , set up in 2002 by Dr Graham Whiteley and Craig Fletcher, specialises in the development of robotic hardware which aims to replicate human or biological motion and as such embraces new technology.
They are currently extending their prosthetic product designs and providing more ‘intelligence’ into the joints of robotic torsos.
Dean Meadows - Socio Robotics
Dean - a Phd researcher from Exeter University, and one of our own BEN members, will be bringing us an insight into Socio Robotics. This fascinating field of research studies the implications, complexities and designs of robots and their interactions with humans. Dean is passionate about identifying new markets and wider applications for robotics so this is sure to spark a lively discussion.
Thanks to the support of the Bristol and Bath Science Park we have an amazing venue for our 2012 series of events. This fabulous centre for innovation is easily accessible and has plenty of available parking.
The evening begins at 6pm with informal Networking over a glass of wine and an amazing Friska buffet .
18:00-18:45 Networking, food and drink
18:45-18:50 Chairman's introduction
20:15-20:30 Q & A
20:30-21:00 Further networking and refreshments
This is the first in our annual BEN event program. If you are interested in finding out more about BEN, the network of the technology business community, or registering as a member, please click here: BEN
When & Where
SCN: Science City Bristol Network
SCN is the network for the technology business community. We run events that connect, inform and inspire.
We involve not just small and large science & technology businesses but also the region's universities, government, business networks, investors, service providers and social enterprises.
SCN is an activity of the non-profit company Science City Bristol Ltd.