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Living amongst drones: How bio-inspired flying robots can help us re-imagine the cities of the future.


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Imagine a world where flying robots could help humans do super human tasks. Future smart cities may mean humans, nature and robots existing and working together.

Date and Time

06 December 2017 - 18:00-20:00


Guildford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SE:Surrey local network.

About this event

Future smart cities may mean humans, nature and robots existing and working together: swarms of friendly flying robots could move autonomously alongside humans, helping to do things like constructing and repairing buildings, carrying objects and monitoring the environment.
Some of the most exciting prospects for these future robots draw their inspiration from energy-efficient, flexible strategies seen in nature that can adapt and thrive in complex, changing environments.

Our Christmas lecture is especially aimed at young people, to give them an insight into what engineering is and what could be achieved.

Dr. Mirko Kovac, of Imperial College, will take us on exciting journey toward a future smart city, showing the newest bio-inspired flying robots that have been developed at the Aerial Robotics Laboratory by studying natural systems. Their flexibility will liberate architectural expressiveness, improve urban design and offer new ways to provide the core services that keep cities running.


18:00 Refreshments.
18.30 Lecture starts20:00 Ends

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

This lecture is aimed at young people between about 13 and 18, but everyone is welcome Spread the word to any budding engineers, technology fanatics, or curious minds who you think might be interested.
Note, this website can be used to sign up each person to attend, which is perfect for individuals or small groups. If you are planning on bringing a larger group, email us for bulk bookings.

Registration information

Please register on the following link for IET members, their guests and their children. If you require a block booking please email: surrey@theiet.org


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