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Shared Autonomy: The Future of Interactive Robotics

Thursday 13 April

Join Prof Sethu Vijayakumar, Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, and judge on the latest season of the BBC’s Robot Wars as he explores the role of informatics, digitisation, automation and robotics both off planet and closer to home. Hosted by Science Festival Director Dr Simon Gage.

Part of The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics hosts one of only three NASA Valkyrie robots, one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world. Designed and built by the Johnson Space Center, Valkyrie is robust, rugged, entirely electric, capable of operating in hostile environments and might one day pave the way for humans on Mars. 

How can these technologies not only push the boundaries of what’s possible in human exploration of other planets, but also improve lives on Earth? How do we rationalise and legislate the ethics of this and other artificial intelligence technologies? How can we use the allure of out-of-this-world innovations to inspire new thinking and encourage young people to innovate in software engineering and future technologies for the benefit of Scotland and beyond?

Supported by Siemens

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