Where are the robots?

Where are the robots? The challenges and promise of robotic technology in the 21st Century by Professor Paul Newman, BP Professor of Information Engineering and EPSRC Leadership Fellow.
When Mar 12, 2013
from 06:45 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Church House, Westminster, London
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Contact Phone 01865 270568
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Professor Paul NewmanThe myths and realities of robots will be explored at this year’s Oxford London Lecture, taking place at 6:45pm on Tuesday 12 March at Church House, Westminster.

The public lecture by Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science will look at the science behind modern robotics to expose the myths about robots promoted in popular culture and the real difficulties involved in getting them to navigate and understand the world around them.

It will explain how, in the 21st Century, robots are already working behind the scenes to explore, labour, and build for us, and generally keep our world moving: they are already proving their worth in our factories and ports, and even on other planets.

Professor Paul Newman said: ‘Humans are the ultimate toolmakers and in many ways robots are the ultimate tool; operating on the frontier where the physical world we see meets the invisible world of data and computation. But if robots are such powerful tools how should we use them? What are their strengths and limitations? What sort of difference can we expect them to make to our daily lives?

Drawing on decades of robotics research at Oxford and elsewhere, The Lecture will examine how close we are to being able to answer these and other questions and explore how the next generation of robots will soon be rolling out of the lab and onto our roads. As recently as February 2013 Professor Newman and colleagues showed off pioneering robotic technology from Oxford University that enables a car to 'drive itself' for stretches of a route:

Transport is one area of our lives where robots can make a huge difference: helping to ease the traffic chaos that chokes our cities and makes the daily commute or school run such a misery,’ Professor Newman said. ‘As our lives become ever more hectic and the demands on our time more pressing we will explore how robotics can make our lives safer, more efficient, and, certainly, more fun.

The Oxford London Lecture 2013 is being staged in association with The Guardian. It is an annual lecture series hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The series aims to explore the latest Oxford research and consider how it can affect the world in the 21st Century.

For more information about the lecture visit: http://www.ox.ac.uk/about_the_university/university_year/oxford_london_lecture/

Tickets are available on the door priced: £15 for adults, £8 concessions (students & under 16s)

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