Press release

Robotic surgeons, satellites and vacuum cleaners take centre stage in London for UK Robotics Week

21 June 2016

Some of the world’s most advanced robotic hands and arms to help with stroke rehabilitation and a robot that can help with surgery are among a legion of cutting edge robots that will descend on London on Friday 1 July for an International Robotics Showcase to mark the finale of UK Robotics Week.

The full day event, which is being hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Robotics and Mechatronics Network and the EPSRC UK-RAS Network at IET London: Savoy Place will feature the latest in UK and international robotic technology, including surgical robots, bio-inspired robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, field robotics and humanoids.

Jeremy Watson, IET President-elect, who will open the event, said: “It is great to be supporting the first ever UK Robotics Week. Robotics and autonomous systems are exciting technologies and have been identified by the UK government as one of eight technologies key to the UK’s future growth so it’s important that we showcase the latest innovations and engage with young people.”

Speakers from across the world, including astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Roberto Vittori, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang from Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and Professor Robert Reiner, Director of Cybathlon, will talk about current and future robotics and autonomous systems, strengths and future collaboration opportunities. Other subjects covered throughout the day will include autonomous vehicles, medical robots, next-generation exoskeletons, robotics and space and bio robotics. There will also be an exhibition which will showcase the work of the UK and other countries.

UK Robotics Week (25 June -1 July 2016) is a week-long series of events and activities that aims to shine a spotlight on the UK’s technology leadership in robotics and autonomous systems, and to engage the nation’s schools, colleges and universities in developing the digital skills needed to drive the UK’s future economy.

To register to attend the International Robotics Showcase, please visit the events section of the IET’s website.

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Rebecca Gillick, Communications Executive
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Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager
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Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet (on behalf of UK-RAS)

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E: nicky@evokedset.com 

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About the EPSRC UK-RAS Network

The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) is dedicated to robotics innovation across the UK, with a mission to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expand collaboration with industry, and integrate and coordinate activities at eight Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded RAS capital facilities and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and partner universities across the country.