LivWiSE "Whats the Future....of Robotics?" Panel discussion

Date: Thursday 01 February 2018

Location: University of Liverpool Central Teaching Hub Liverpool

There is little doubt that artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems and technologies have had a dramatic impact on our lives and the world we now live and work in, but what’s the future for this technological revolution? Will we witness a rise of the robots?

Our panel of experts will be discussing this and exploring current applications, possibilities, restrictions and philosophical implications of future technological innovations.



Dr Louise Dennis, Post-Doctoral Researcher and Knowledge Exchange Support Officer in the Autonomy and Verification Laboratory at the University of Liverpool. She is attached to the Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology (CAST) at the University of Liverpool, and the Robotic Autonomy Simulation Laboratory (RASL) at the Virtual Engineering Centre, Daresbury. Her background is in artificial intelligence and more specifically in agent and autonomous systems and automated reasoning. More recently she has investigated rational agent programming languages and architectures for autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on creating verifiable systems.

Dr Rebecca Davnall, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy (Liverpool). She teachers on the undergraduate module "Philosophy of the Future" which introduces students to the philosophical implications of foreseeable future technological innovations and examines the relevance of metaphysical and ethical considerations to future technological and scientific developments.

Dr Samantha Colosimo, Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool and works on a number of projects related to high resolution radiation detection and imaging, including developing semiconductor technology for medical, security and decommissioning applications. Samantha is also a founding member of HiPy, an initiative to teach coding skills and Build an open, welcome community for anyone who wants to learn Python.

Joanne Phoenix, Business Development Manager at Sensor City. Sensor City is a Liverpool-based technical innovation centre and University Enterprise Zone. They foster the creation, development, production and promotion of cutting edge sensor technologies for use in a wide range of sectors.

Tess Skyrme, is currently doing a PhD in sensor technology and space telescopes at Cambridge University.

After completing her MEng in Aerospace Engineering at Liverpool, Tess studied her MRes at Cambridge in Sensor Technology, studying the general principles and state-of-the-art methods for biological, chemical and optical sensing as well as nano-technology, microscopy, AI sensing for assisted living and superconducting quantum sensors with a focus on autonomous remote sensing for less developed countries, implementing internet of things techniques to develop low cost diagnostics. Tess' PhD in the Quantum Sensors group involves simulating, testing and fabricating kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs). KID technology will be used in the next generation of space telescopes for cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) experiments.


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