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Sensors and Data in Robotics

When Dec 11, 2017
from 09:15 AM to 06:00 PM
Where Aurora Innovation Centre at British Antarctic Survey, CB3 0ET
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01223 747333
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Local Organising Committee:

Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley FRSB (British Antarctic Survey)

Dr Oliver Hadeler (CamBridgeSense)

Mr Michael Simmons (Cambridge Big Data)


Aims for the day:

Cambridge Big Data and CamBridgeSense Strategic Research Initiatives, and the British Antarctic Survey, are holding a networking day to consider the current state-of-the art in the interlinking fields of robotics, sensors and big data, the challenges for the future, and to spark potential collaborations by bringing together people with a range of interests and expertise.

CamBridgeSense and Cambridge Big Data are networks linking hundreds of academics across the University of Cambridge and beyond, as well as companies, to facilitate potential research collaborations. The new Aurora Innovation Centre at British Antarctic Survey has a focus on technologies for extreme environments with a keen interest in robotics, autonomous devices and big data.

The day will include presentations from industry, showcasing Innovate UK projects in these fields; an overview of the new robotics hubs and their visions; industry and academic keynotes setting the scene of current capabilities; at the end of the day a keynote speaker articulating the challenges for the future.

We expect this event to be oversubscribed and so ask applicants to tell us in one or two sentences how they would benefit from attending.


Draft Programme Schedule:






Registration & Arrival Tea and Coffee            


09:30   Welcome and Introduction Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley (BAS); Mr Michael Simmons (CBD); Dr Oliver Hadeler (CambridgeSense)


09:40 Keynote 1 Professor Arthur Richards (Bristol Robotics Lab)

Robotics, Autonomy, Sensors and Data


10:10 Academic Talk 1 Dr Amanda Prorok (Computer Laboratory)

When Robots Hit the Road: New Challenges in Multi-Vehicle Coordination


10:30 Academic Talk 2 Dr Fumiya Iida (Department of Engineering)

Biologically Inspired Soft Robotics: Challenges and Perspectives


10:50 Morning Tea and Coffee


11:15 Introduction to EPSRC RAI Hubs

Dr Lucy Martin (EPSRC)

11:20 EPSRC Hub 1 Professor David Lane (Heroit-Watt) Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA)


11:40 EPSRC Hub 2 Professor Barry Lennox (University of Manchester) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear (RAIN)


12:00 EPSRC Hub 3 Professor Rustam Stolkin (University of Birmingham) National Centre for Nuclear Robotics


12:20 EPSRC Hub 4 Professor Michael Fisher (University of Liverpool) Future AI and Robotics for SPACE (FAIR-SPACE)


12:40 Lunch and Networking


13:40 Keynote 2 Dr Richard Dudley (NPL)

Sensor Deployment and Monitoring in Challenging and Remote Locations


14:00 Academic Talk 3 Dr Toby Waine (Cranfield) Automation in Agriculture


14:15 Overview - NERC-funded Marine sensors projects
Dr Paul Wilkinson (National Oceanography Centre) Marine Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor
development at the National Oceanography Centre


14:35 Mr Mike Rose (BAS) Autonomous data collection in Polar Regions


14:50 Afternoon Tea and Coffee


15:20 Innovation UK Projects Slots Mr Nikos Pronios (Innovate UK) Robotics & Artificial Intelligence programme


15:25 Dr Peter Baldwin (Myrtle Software) Efficient Deep Learning



Mr Mike Poole (AutoNaut); Mr Phil Johnston (Seiche Ltd)

AutoNaut for extreme Environments &

Smart Visual Imaging from a USV


16:00 Dr Tom Hiller (Thurn Group)

The Challenges of Commercial Ice Hazard Analysis Using Under-Ice Robots


16:15 Dr David Pearce (Cefas) Cefas’ use of a Wave Glider to complement data collected by more traditional methods


16:30 Closing Remarks Professor David Lane (Heriot-Watt) Highlights of the day; challenges for the community; next steps


17:00 Wine Reception and Networking


Registration for this event is now closed.