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Australia’s top female robotics researchers to lead social robotics forum at ICRA

  • Full day social robotics forum at International Conference for Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane to explore the future and benefits of social robots including in health, aged-care, manufacturing, and retail
  • ICRA to host >2,500 of the world’s leading robotic and automation experts in Australia for the first time – recognition of the strength of Australian research and contribution to robotics

18 May: As new generations of robots are stepping into our lives and workplaces, the field of social robotics is becoming increasingly prevalent, and the Brisbane-based Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is leading the way.

The Centre has collected many of the leading female robotics researchers to host the highly anticipated social robotics forum on Tuesday 22nd May at the prestigious International Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

The premier international forum for robotics researchers is being held in Australia for the first time, kicking off in Brisbane on 21 May, in recognition of the world-leading work being done by Australians in the field, including at the Centre. More than 2,500 of the world’s leading robotic and automation experts, including 300 Australians, are attending the conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision and its work and reputation have played a major role in attracting the prestigious conference to Australia and Brisbane. The Director of the Centre’s Advisory Board, Dr Alex Zelinsky, is Chair of ICRA 2018, while Centre Director Distinguished Professor Peter Corke is ICRA 2018 Program Chair.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision’s social robotics group is a collaboration of three of Australia’s leading female robotics researchers; the founder of social robotics in Australia, Professor Mary-Anne Williams from The Magic Lab at UTS, Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean of Engineering from Monash University, and the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer Dr Sue Keay who led the development of a social robotics program at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

Dr Keay says social robotics is an important field and the social robotics group look forward to sharing their insights at the ICRA workshop, with a presentation by Nicole Robinson on the use of social robots to deliver behaviour change programs.

“As new generations of robots are developed that interact with people in public spaces we need to consider the impact these technologies have on society. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is focused on finding the best ways to harness the full potential of social robots and amplify the benefits they bring to our lives, workplaces and the world we live in. At our workshop at ICRA we will explore the future of social robotics and some of the ways we can best navigate the transdisciplinary challenges such robots will present,” says Dr Keay.

The full day social robotics workshop will be held at ICRA on 22nd May at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information visit http://icra2018.org/social-robots/

ICRA is the premier science conference for robotics globally. For more information on the conference and to purchase tickets for ICRA visit  https://icra2018.org

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About The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision 

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has been funded $25.6 million over 7 years to form the largest collaborative group of its kind generating internationally impactful science and new technologies that will transform important Australian industries and provide solutions to some of the hard challenges facing Australia and the globe.

Formed in 2014, The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision is the world’s first research centre specialising in robotic vision. The group of researchers are on a mission to give robots the ability to see and understand for the sustainable wellbeing of people and the environments we live in.

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has assembled an interdisciplinary research team from four leading Australian research universities- QUT, The University of Adelaide (UoA), The Australian National University (ANU), and Monash University as well as CSIRO’s Data61, and overseas universities and research organisations including INRIA Rennes Bretagne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, The University of Toronto, and the University of Oxford.

About ICRA

The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and is a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. Established in 1984 and held annually, the conference joins experts in the field of robotics and automation for technical communications through presentations and discussions. The conference creates a remarkable environment to indulge all the delegates in the frontier of science and technology in robotics and automation.

Posted May 18, 2018

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