Social robotics experts come to Bristol
8 November 2013
The interaction between humans and robots and the integration of robots into our society was discussed when world-leading experts came to Bristol for an International Conference on Social Robotics.
Robots are being designed to help with daily activities
27th – 29th October 2013 saw over 100 delegates from around the world, including researchers from MIT, Imperial College and the University of Tokyo, reporting on the latest progress in social robotics with particular focus on ‘companionship’.
Over 55 papers were presented at the conference and researchers explored subjects:
• Interaction and collaboration among robots, humans, and environments;
• Robots to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities;
• Socially assistive robots to improve quality of life;
• Personal robots for the home;
• Social acceptance and impact in the society;
• Robot ethics in human society;
• Safety in robots working in human spaces;
• Human augmentation, rehabilitation, and medical robots;
• Robot applications in education, entertainment, and gaming.
Dr Guido Herrmann, Reader in Control and Dynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol and chair of the conference, said: “The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a world leader in modern advanced robotics.
“Tremendous progress has been made in the development of robots capable of interacting with humans in the last decade, and this conference will bring together world-class robotics experts whose aim is to bring social robots a step closer into our world.”
Details of the conference can be found at:
About the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL)
The BRL is a collaborative research partnership between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England). It carries out cutting edge research programmes focused on the development of autonomous robot systems. The BRL’s vision is to transform robotics by pioneering advances in autonomous robot systems through the elucidation of the underpinning mechanisms required to create robot systems, which behave intelligently without human supervision.
Researchers at the BRL are involved in projects funded by a range of national and international sources studying Human-Robot interaction, collective robotics, aerial robotics, neuro-inspired control, haptics, control systems, energy harvesting and self-sustaining systems, rehabilitation robotics, soft robotics and biomedical systems.
The BRL also has strong links with the emerging advanced robotics manufacturing community, and also has regular contact with larger international organisations that have a robotics interest.
About The Pervasive Media Studio
The Pervasive Media Studio is a creative technologies collaboration between the Watershed, the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England).
We are a multi-disciplinary lab exploring and producing pervasive media content, applications and services. We work within a brilliant community of artists, creative companies, technologists and academics, including UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre.
Our projects include gaming, projections, location-based media, digital displays and new forms of performance. Some are commercial, some are cultural. We test our projects as early as possible and iterate.