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The 2nd IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Conference

Workshop on Assistive robotics & technologies

The 2nd IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Conference

When: Thursday, 22nd of February, 2018

Where: Arts One: ALT, Queen Mary University of London

Registration: registration website.

FREE registration for poster presenters, and for QMUL staff and students.

Synchronising with the pace of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the UK & Ireland RAS chapter addresses the advancement of the theory and practice of robotics and automation engineering and science and of the allied arts and sciences, and for the maintenance of high professional standards among its members.  Today, Robotics and Automation Technologies have been widely applied in various areas, such as  Manufacturing, Medical Surgery, Healthcare, Agriculture, Urban Search and Rescue in extreme environments, surveillance, etc. 

The aim of the annual IEEE UK&I RAS conference to improve the communication of its members and other researchers, young students and industrial professionals who are interested in the activities of RAS in research, development and education, share the knowledge, latest research achievements and technologies in RAS, explore the furture trend of RAS, and promote collaboration and knowledge transformation. 

International experts in robotics will give talks covering four important themes in robotics and automation.

The event is sponsored by National Centre for Nuclear Robotics

Abstract submission deadline for best poster award competition: 14th of February, 2018

Abstract submission website is now live. The described work should be related to the research on one of the above themes. We explicitly encourage the submission of papers describing work in progress or containing preliminary results to discuss with the community. All manuscripts must be submitted in PDF format and will be peer-reviewed by the programme committee based on relevance to the workshop. 

Themes of the conference:

1. RAS on Extreme Environments

2. RAS on Social and Health Care

3. RAS on Manufacturing and Food Automation

4. RAI Beyond 2020

5. Student research poster competition (Landscape, A1 size) - submit your abstracts here.


Detailed Programme of the conference.  

Conference general chair: Prof John Gray, Chair of IEEE UK & Ireland RAS chapter, University of Manchester

Programme chair: Prof Kaspar Althoefer, Head of the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ).

Contact: Dr Mary He (, Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova (

Workshop on Assistive Robotics & Technologies

When: March 21, 14:00-19:00
Where: GO Jones building, ground floor Lecture theatre, Queen Mary Univerisity of London, Mile End Campus (Stepney green or Mile End road stations)

QMUL campus map (building 25)

Robotics and assistive technologies can improve mobility for persons with a disability. Such technologies are diverse: powered wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, wearable exoskeletons, etc. Safe and efficient design of robotic assistance remains a challenging issue. In this workshop, the invited speakers will address such issues by demonstrating recent research progress and successful application cases. This workshop is a part of the QMUL Cybathlon 2020 team activity. The QMUL Cybathlon 2020 student team will present their progress during the workshop.

Registration is required (FREE)Eventbrite link

Tentative programme:

  • Presentations (15:00-18:00)
    • 15:00-15:30 Shared control: improving access to mobility control, Dr Tom Carlston, University College London
    • 15:30-16:00 Fundamental control policies for locomotionDr Aleksandra V. Birn-Jeffery, Queen Mary Univerisity
    • 16:00-16:30 H-CARD: human centred design of assistive and rehabilitation devices, Professor Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London
    • coffee break
    • 16:45-17:15 Using Inertial measurements to quantify and classify movements for health care analysisProfessor William Harwin, Univerisity of Reading
    • 17:15-17:45 A case from Rio 2016 Paralympic games, Dr Dylan Morrissey, Queen Mary Univerisity of London
    • 17:45-18:00 Assistive robotics at Queen Mary, Cybathlon 2020 student team presentation
  • Drinks and networking reception (18:00-19:00)

Contact: Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov,

The workshop is supported by Westfield fund of Queen Mary Univerisity of London.

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