Robots: Assistance, Automation, Entertainment

Brought to you by The Future Devices & Technologies Group

This event will reflect on the challenges of lives transformed by new human-robot relationships. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the key technologies and current applications for robotics and an appreciation of future opportunities and challenges.

About the event

Robots have been part of human imagination for decades for example they feature heavily in popular culture. What is your favorite robot character/film? Their anticipated future impact is widely discussed. Their potential use in military operations may well change the face of future warfare, whilst in civilian life, industrial and domestic, it is speculated how they will both be our assistants and our replacements.

Our aim is to reflect on the various challenges of lives transformed by the creation of new human-robot relationships which will lead to a robotic society. We will focus on advanced technological innovations (human-robot interaction, humanoids, social robots, autonomous systems, intelligent perception, AI, machine learning, connectivity), as well as on societal aspects (legal issues, legislation, regulations, robotics ethics, human–robot co-existence, employment, safety).

Attendees should leave with a broad understanding of the key technologies and current applications for Robotics, together with an appreciation of the emerging future opportunities and challenges to be addressed in this dynamic and exciting tech field.

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14:30

Registration and networking with refreshments

15:15

CW welcome from Zahid Ghadialy, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion

15:20

Welcome from event sponsor, NTT Data, and hosts NTT Communications

15:25

Introduction to Future Devices & Technologies SIG, Zahid Ghadialy, SIG Champion

15:35

'The Imagination Algorithm - Designing Experience': Sebastian Conran, Consequential Robotics

This presentation will cover the transformation of academic research and resulting technologies into emotionally engaging user experiences through the employment of rigorous design & innovation process and application of creative thinking.

15:55

Q & A

16:05

‘Human machine collaboration: is working together the answer to high performing robots?’: Christina Georgiou, PA Consulting Group

“Robotics” and “AI” are no longer terms just found in science fiction books and blockbuster films: robots and AI are becoming more and more ubiquitous, and are being used in factories, warehouses, hospitals, farms and homes. As they operate in a larger number of unstructured and often unpredictable environments, these machines need to be able to learn, adapt, and work alongside humans. This talk will explore how building human-robot teams can improve the performance of both human and robot and discuss a case study of a human-robot collaboration team for search and rescue developed at PA Consulting.

16:25

Q & A

16:35

Networking and refreshments

17:05

‘Robots in Telecoms World’: Zahid Ghadialy, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless

Robots are used in variety of ways in telecoms industry. Not only working smartphones and other devices, they are also used for many specialized tasks such as testing, machining, etc. This talk will look at some of these robots.

17:25

Q & A

17:35

‘Our body, how soon augmented by machines’: Cécile Pacoret, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Geneva

Bionic humans: science or fiction? Movies, but also media relays hopes, fears, progress, and miracles. What is actually happening in laboratories and clinics today? How far are we from therapeutics parts or augmented body for everyone? What are the ethical questions raised by artificial organs?

17:55

Q & A

18:05

Wrap-up by Dev Audsin, SIG Champion

18:10

End of session followed by networking and refreshments kindly sponsored by NTT Data

19:30

Event closes

Speakers

Sebastian Conran - CEO, Consequential Robotics

An engineer at heart, Sebastian Conran has design in the blood. He focuses on designing technologies to make them more emotionally engaging experiences. Passionate about designing thoughtful, stylish and ingenious products that are satisfying to use, he believes ‘form follows fabrication’ and by clearly understanding how things are to be made & experienced. As CEO of Consequential Robotics and Sebastian Conran Associates design studio, Sebastian takes a hands-on, down-to-earth approach to all his design projects, and is involved in all aspects throughout the innovation journey, sharing his wealth experience and manufacturing expertise with the design team. His studio’s designs have received a plethora of awards for design & innovation as well as being granted many patents various fields. From working in the Habitat design studio in the 1970’s to founding the Consequential Robotics in 2015, Sebastian's life has been focused on understanding how things are made, sold, used and experienced. He has taught at many design colleges including Visiting Professor at Central StMartins Innovation faculty and Visiting Lecturer Royal College of Art furniture department; he is at presently Visiting Professor of Design & Innovation at Bristol Robotics Lab and Designer in Residence at the University of Sheffield’s engineering faculty.

Christina Georgiou - Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Christina is a roboticist with experience in research, design and delivery of algorithms and software for intelligent machines. During her PhD in robotics at Sheffield University she designed and implemented novel computer vision and mapping algorithms to help robots map areas more accurately. Christina has also developed visual feature detection and autonomous movement algorithms for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles during her MEng research at the University of Cambridge. At PA she has led development of computer vision algorithms and software for real time, high speed production line inspection, human-machine collaboration to map challenging environments and agricultural field inspection. She has delivered software verification and validation of complex robotics systems, designed algorithms to analyse low quality sensor data and has written reports for the UN on the technical challenges and future for robotics and UAVs.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

Cecile Pacoret - Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Geneva

Cécile Pacoret, Ph.D., is a researcher in robotics and neurosciences, founder of a start-up project called ‘Periscope-neurotech’ and a teacher of psychomotor therapists.


SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Senior Specialist, Beko

Graham Anderson is Senior Specialist at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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David Roberts - Founder, Jabooh Software

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. David is currently working at Five.ai, a Cambridge-based SME that is building the world’s most reliable autonomous vehicle software stack where he is putting in place the organisation, process, tools and frameworks required to meet this ambitious vision. Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Charles Sturman - Senior Director Product Marketing, Huawei Technologies Research and Development (UK)

Charles is responsible for Product Marketing at Neul / Huawei Technologies in Cambridge, with responsibility for product strategy and business development in the NB-IoT market. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smarthome and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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NTT Communications, 1 King William St, London EC4N 7AR

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