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Artificial Intelligence & Robotics: Past, Present and Future


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Journey through the history of AI and robotics and explore future challenges

Date and Time

17 March 2018 - 13:15-14:15


Derby, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the UK - East Mids of England and UK - W.Mids:Birmingham local networks. Contact spowley@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a topic of research since the term was first coined by John McCarthy in 1956. In the last six decades, development of AI has experienced an uneven ride. Recently, the successful application of deep learning in Google AlphaGo triggered a wave of revolutionary advances in AI.

Robotics and AI have developed as inseparable twins. This presentation will briefly trace the history of the relationship between the two, survey various types of robots, and identify the contribution of AI to robot intelligence. In particular, we will consider the robot system architecture and how AI techniques are associated with its various capacities and functions.

Technology is replacing people in many jobs, but also creating new and better work and conditions in some cases. Scientists have estimated that machines could take 50% of our jobs in the next 30 years. Who will own the machines? Join me to explore the future challenges and issues of AI and robotics.


This lecture is part of a series being held on Robot Day. See https://www.theiet.org/events/local/252695.cfm for more information about other activities.

Reasons to attend

Robot Day is a fantastic way to find out more about how robots and engineering in general makes the world a better place. There’s something for all ages, bring your family and friends too.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Registration recommended for lectures, drop in for hands-on activities.

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Free Event

Additional information


Dr Hongmei He, Cranfield University

Web: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/people/dr-hongmei-he-804615

Twitter: @HongmeiHe

Dr. He, Hongmei (Mary) is a lecturer at Cranfield University. She is a Computer Scientist with expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. She obtained her MSc in Multi-media and Internet Computing and PhD in Computer Science from Loughborough University in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Her research involves wide application areas such as Cognitive Robotics, Data Fusion/Mining, Wireless Sensor Networks, IoT Intelligence, Cyber Security, and Cloud Computing. Currently, her research focuses on cybersecurity, especially for automatic and autonomous systems. She has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. She is a senior member of IEEE, participating in the Computational Intelligence, Robotics & Automation Systems, Cyber Security and Women in Engineering societies. Mary actively serves the IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter as secretary and is a member of the Editorial Board of Advances in Computing, an academic journal.

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Registration information

This lecture forms part of Robot Day 2018 and will begin promptly so please ensure you arrive early. 
Please register online to attend this lecture.


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