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Bristol Robotics Laboratory to stage UK’s largest robotics conference

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 30 April 2018 16:27

Bristol Robotics Laboratory to stage UK’s largest robotics conference

Robotics and technology experts from the across the globe are set to descend on Bristol for the largest robotics conference in the UK.

The TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) event, which is being hosted by the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, aims to bring together the latest research and applications in autonomous robotics.

Now in its nineteenth year, TAROS is the longest-running UK-hosted international conference on robotics and autonomous systems, and will be taking place between 15 and 27 July at Bristol's M Shed museum.

The conference will offer delegates an opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest results and methods in robotics, and to take stock and plan future progress.

Delegates who attend on the second day will get the chance to travel to Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus for a guided tour of the facilities.

UWE Bristol graduate Silas Adekunle, whose company fuses robotics, augmented reality and video games, will speak on the second day of the conference, with a lecture entitled 'From crazy robot ideas to a real business'.

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He will talk about Reach Robotics’ inaugural product, MekaMon, a competitive entertainment platform that combines advanced robots with video games via augmented reality gameplay, controlled by smartphone.

Professor Winfield, co-founder of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and an advocate for robot ethics, will speak on the opening day with an address entitled 'The Ethical Roboticist'. The talk will outline his work in both robotics and artificial intelligence ethics, and in ethical robots.

The conference’s other keynote speakers include Kerstin Dautenhahn, professor of artificial intelligence at University of Hertfordshire; and Brian Scassellati, professor of computer science, cognitive science, and mechanical engineering at Yale University.

Dr Manuel Giuliani, professor in embedded cognitive AI for Robotics at BRL and general chair of TAROS 2018, said: “TAROS is the perfect venue for the robotics community to come together and exchange ideas. Bristol is a wonderful innovative city that invites creative thinking and provides the perfect backdrop to create new ideas for robotics research and to find the right partners to realise these ideas.”

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