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13:30 - 19:00 16 May 2018

Mildner Memorial Lecture and Research Poster Showcase 2018


North and South Cloisters | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Professor Paul Newman, Director of Oxford Robotics Institute, University of Oxford, Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford. He is Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute (ori.ox.ac.uk) within the Department of Engineering Science. The ORI enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy - developing machines which roll, walk, poke, swim and fly in the real world. His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. In 2014 he founded Oxbotica - a spinout company focussed on Mobile Autonomy. He was elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE with a citation for outstanding contributions to robot navigation.

Talk of machine autonomy is everywhere, and so it should be. We will not always have to drive ourselves and make terrible mistakes, smash rocks in mines, lug goods around warehouses, not explore planets and struggle to clear up after disasters. But what are the technical components of such an autonomy system, what lies under the hood? What has become easy and what remains hard? How will these systems share data to evoke superhuman skill acquisition? How will they be insured and where and when will they appear in our lives? This talk will address these coupled questions which span the technical, the economic and social spheres. Questions are particularly welcome!

Alongside the Mildner Lecture, we also celebrate the current research of the Department with a Research Poster Display. The research work carried out by both postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers is a vital element of all leading research departments and we showcase presentations of the work of our staff and students.


Tim Bodley-Scott
+44 (0)20 7679 3976 | t.bodley-scott@ucl.ac.uk


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