States of Flux - Soft Robotics in Arts and Engineering
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States of Flux – Soft Robotics in Arts and Engineering is a two-day workshop at ARQ (Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary) exploring all kinds of facets of soft robotics and their application to the arts and engineering. Drawing on the work of established artists and scientists, the event will showcase the newest advancements in soft robotics. (

Target audience
Researchers in Robotics and Arts, Current and Perspective Students, as well as general public interested in Robotics
School of Engineering and Material Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London
Kaspar Althoefer
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom
   01.12.2016 - 02.12.2016
17:00 - 20:00
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Lego Rovers at the Victoria Gallery and Museum
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Come and drive Lego Mars Rovers and Dinosaurs. Learn about the difficulties controlling robots to explore other planets and some of the techniques Roboticists and AI programmers use to overcome those challenges. Part of Family Saturday at the Victoria Gallery and Museum.

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Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology, University of Liverpool
Louise Dennis
Victoria Gallery and Museum
Ashton Street
L69 3DR Liverpool
United Kingdom
13:00 - 16:00
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Meet the humanoid robot yolandi.workerbot at the pop up lab Berlin in London Soho and get a free gift
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From the November 21 to 26, 2016, the Pop-Up Lab Berlin will be opening it’s doors in London. During this period you are invited to experience the colourful, creative and cutting-edge Berlin-experience. The interactive laboratory displays and presents specially selected trends from Berlin’s economy, science, culture, music, gastronomy, tourism, design and sport scene. All of this is conveyed through a variety of exciting modules, pitches, pannels, creations and cooperations which interact with eachother and with you!??

Among the highlights in the Pop-Up Lab Berln in London are:

A meet & greet with the homanoid robot yolandi.workerbot from pi4_robotics GmbH
A meet & greet with the homanoid robot Myon.
The experience of THE SCIENCE KITCHEN‘s avant-gard Molecular gastronomy.
A glimpse of authentic Berlin-style music vibes provided by Nagual Sounds & Basslet.
The ability to sink into the creative 360° shots of Panono and witness EyeEM‘s photography world.
The interactive exhibit "Start-up meets Grown-up".

Come and join us between the November 21 and 26 at our lab in 15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ.

Target audience
everybody - every age
pi4_robotics GmbH - Berlin Partner GmbH
pop-up lab Berlin based in London Soho
Bateman Street 15
W1D 3AQ London Soho
United Kingdom
Robots: from science fiction to reality
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Although robotics is a well-established and successful technology it is currently going through a big change. Relatively unintelligent robots have been working in industry for years. But that is changing. Robots are moving out of factories and warehouses and into homes, hospitals and offices. A second wave of robotics has started in which robots are mobile and, most importantly, must now work alongside people. These next generation intelligent robots must be able to safely and naturally interact with humans. In this talk I will show the state-of-the-art in intelligent robots, illustrated with examples from both current research and emerging real-world applications. I will show how new biologically inspired approaches have radically changed the way we design robots, and that real robots are much more surprising and interesting than their science fiction counterparts.

Target audience
School children
World Skills UK
Alan Winfield
National Exhibition Centre
North Ave, Marston Green
B40 1NT Birmingham
United Kingdom
11:00 - 12:00
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Can robots predict the future?
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Many robots need to predict the future. Consider path planning in order to safely navigate to a goal position, or the more fundamental problem of obstacle avoidance which implicitly anticipates the undesirable consequence of a collision. There are many ways we can build anticipation into robots, but the one I would like to discuss in this talk is robots with simulation-based internal models. Illustrated with results from recent experiments I will show how such internal models can improve safety or fault detection in robots swarms, or allow us to build robots with simple ethical behaviours. Perhaps this approach might open a path to robots with artificial theory of mind?

Target audience
Students plus general public
York Doctoral Symposium
Alan Winfield
University of York
Heslington East Campus
YO105GE York
United Kingdom
09:00 - 10:00
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Self Driving Track Days - Autonomous vehicles and driverless technologies
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Workshop, demonstrations and test-track time for autonomous vehicles and related technologies. This is Europe's first event for autonomous vehicles and expects to welcome a number of vehicles to utilise the track through the course of this two day event, the first in a quarterly series of events taking place around Europe. Additionally, we'll be running a workshop, with AutonomouStuff, on how to create a self driving car, along with a live demonstration of the fitting of sensing equipment. Paid-for attendance

Target audience
Undergraduates and above, Academics, Innovators, Commercial Tier 2, Tier 1 and OEMs, Automotive technologists, Start-ups, Development teams (those expecting to develop autonomous vehicles or related technologies, particularly in Formula Student or road-going vehicles).

Alex Lawrence-Berkeley
Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground
Bath Lane
LE17 5QS Bruntingthorpe
United Kingdom