Robotics: The State of the Art

Tuesday 4 April 2017

7.00pm refreshment followed by talk at 7.30pm

This event is open to the public and is free of charge. You do not need to book for the event, you can just turn up.

Room TC014, ‘Teaching Centre’ University of Gloucestershire, The Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

Professor Alan Winfield


Although robotics is a well-established and successful technology it is currently experiencing a major transition. For several decades relatively unintelligent robots have served industry well. But that is changing. Robots are moving out of factories and warehouses and into homes, hospitals and offices. A second wave of robotics has started in which robots are mobile and, most importantly, now required to work alongside humans. These next generation intelligent robots must be able to safely and reliably interact with humans. In this lecture I will outline the state-of-the-art in intelligent robotics, illustrated with examples from both current research and emerging real-world applications. I will attempt to define what a robot is, and show how new biologically inspired approaches have radically changed the way we are designing robots.