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Electronic Skin - Now Robots can feel Like Us!


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Get in touch with the latest in dextrous robotics and discover how robots are learning to feel their way in the world through flexible electronics

Date and Time

17 March 2018 - 12:30-13:30


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

Join us at Robot Day to discover the latest in flexible electronics and their role in robotics and automation. Dr Atif Syed will introduce his latest state-of the art product, Nanskin, a patent-pending technology that provides a substrate allowing electronics to be fabricated directly yet remain fully compliant (can be twisted, bent or stretched). Nanskin can be used in variety of applications such as medical devices, highly sensitive force/pressure sensors, electronic skin for robotics, and drug delivery systems. It also has future potential to help make completely flexible electronic devices such as smart phones.

Nanskin is already being applied by companies like Ocado Plc. as electronic skin for robots. Due to technological limitations, until now robots could not know exactly how much force to apply when holding delicate objects, such as fruit, or doing dexterous jobs. The talk will shed light on how Nanskin is paving the way to the future of robotics by solving one of the long standing issues in the industry.


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.

Continuing Professional Development

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Free Event

A poster for this event is available to download.

Additional information


Dr Atif Syed is a roboticist, researcher, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is CEO of Netrologix, founded in 2016 to commercialise the flexible electronics technology he had developed at The University of Edinburgh following on from his undergraduate work at The University of York.

Web: www.netrologix.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/syedatif/

Atif Syed studied Electronics and Nanotechnology Engineering at The University of York, where he subsequently worked researching complex systems. He later moved to the Electronics and Electrical Engineering department at University of Edinburgh to study for a PhD in Engineering and Electronics/Bionanotechnology.

He cofounded Netrologix in 2012 as a spin-out from his undergraduate work. The company’s first, award-winning product, Nanject, was developed to deliver drugs through needle-free injections. The company has recently attracted some big-name clients and is growing rapidly at new premises in Newcastle.

In his spare time, Atif volunteers on the IET’s Robotics and Mechatronics Executive Committee and inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers as a STEM Ambassador.

Registration information

This lecture is part of Robot Day 2018. Please register online via the link provided for this specific lecture if you wish to attend.


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