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Join Nick Hawes of the University of Birmingham on a journey to the frontier of intelligent robotics. Discover how artificial intelligence is being used to make robots more independent, and where these smart robots will be used in the near future. Hear about the latest research to make robots plan, learn, see, communicate and navigate. What are the big challenges for the future of robotics and how close are we to over-coming them?
Dr Nick Hawes is a Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. His research applies techniques from artificial intelligence to allow robots to perform useful tasks for, or with, humans in everyday environments (such as making your breakfast, or supporting nursing staff in a care home). He is particularly interested in how robots can understand the world around them and how it changes over time (e.g. where objects usually appear, how people move through buildings etc.), and how robots can exploit this knowledge to perform tasks more efficiently and intelligently.