IET QMUL Christmas Lecture 2017

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Hello Human!

8 December 2017

Time: 5:00 - 7:30pm
Venue: The Great Hall, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS

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Are robots really going to take over the world? Will robots be able to replace humans? What does it mean to be human? Take a journey through the weird and wonderful world of robotics. You will discover the challenges and possibilities facing today's engineers and scientists with the quest of creating the man's new best friend (or will they be our enemies?)

This special one-off Christmas event - co-hosted by the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - will be a fun-filled experience full of surprises.

The event is aimed at secondary school aged students, but with astonishments to be unveiled for both adults and young people alike. All are welcome so if you have a curious mind, book your (free) tickets quickly. Event timings:

  • Doors open & registration: 5.00pm
  • Lecture start: 5.30pm prompt
  • Lecture finish: 6.30pm
  • Reception: 6.30pm-7.30pm


Your Lecturers:

Professor Kaspar Althoefer is a roboticist with a keen interest in soft and stiffnesscontrollable robots. He likes to apply his octopus-inspired creations to areas such as keyhole surgery and human-robot interaction for the factory of the future. On occasions, he has collaborated with artists, designers and architects on soft robot installations.

Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov is a Lecturer in Robotics at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He is interested to study how human senses and movements and how this can be used to improve interaction between humans and robots. This research is important to develop robots for medical, service and field applications. He currently studies sense of balance in humans and how bio-inspired balance control methods can be applied to robots for walking assistance.

Lorenzo Jamone is a Lecturer in Robotics at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at QMUL. He was born and he studied in Italy, completing a PhD in humanoid technologies before moving first to Japan and then to Portugal to acquire additional international experience as a researcher in robotics. Lorenzo joined QMUL in 2016, where he is one of the founding members of ARQ (Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary), he also collaborates with the Cognitive Science group and with the Centre for Intelligent Sensing.

Lorenzo’s research combines robotics, sensing and cognitive science, with a twofold objective: creating more intelligent robots that can co-exist and co-operate with people, and obtaining a better understanding of how the human body and brain works (for more info: Lorenzo is also passionate about science fiction stories and films, especially when robots are involved.