This week saw the fourth Edinburgh Centre for Robotics annual conference, with talks and posters presented by the 40 or so students within our Doctoral Training Programme. I was honoured to be awarded with the prize for best Talk and Poster by the industry judges.
Given my interest in the societal impact of scientific research and the public understanding of science, I recently applied for a research council funded internship at the Royal Society. If successful, I will spend 3 months with them in London some time next year (after my teaching commitments end in April).
As part of my application, I was asked to produce a short policy brief on a topic not directly related to my research (so no drones!). I chose the notion of “Electronic Personhood”, and more generally the possible rights, responsibilities and other legal issues we may face with respect to Artificial Intelligences in the not too distance future. The policy brief can be read here.
At the end of March this year, I organised a number of events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival engaging members of the public in current robotics research. These were seen over 4 thousand people over the course of five days, making it an exhausting but also incredibly rewarding experience!
Attached is the report I made for the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics executive about the content and success of this event, if you want to know more about what we did.
Scale-Aware Real-Time Scene Reconstruction for a Micro Aerial Vehicle
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