Key Points
  • Enabling New Technologies - Evaluating research and Funding Structures in the UK and discussing how Robotics and AI can be supported. Considering the new Intellectual Property Bill and how this will affect research and how organisations work together.
  • Opportunities at Home and Abroad - Discussing the economic opportunities at home and abroad and the changing landscape of this which will include discussions of Brexit. Further discussions will turn to how universities can work with government and research councils to encourage skills and support this growing industry.
  • Ethical and Social Issues - Will robotics and AI prove to be a force for good improving peoples quality of life or will the future look like the apocalyptic view of the machines where they become too smart and potentially dangerous.
Guest of Honour

Professor David Lane CBE FREng FRSE Lead Author RAS2020 UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy and founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heri

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Overview
Robotics was identified by the UK Government in 2012 as one of the Eight Great Technologies that will drive efforts to rebalance the UK economy. During this timely forum delegates will be evaluating progress made since the RAS 2020 Robotics and Automated Systems strategy, which outlined clear steps for the advancement of Robotics and Automated Systems in the UK to deliver growth and societal benefits.

The event is also set to take place just after the conclusion of the Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and considering its recommendations delegates will evaluate the way forward for policy to spark innovation through research, create effective funding structures, rebalance the workforce and encourage skills in Robotics and AI.

The event will provide an opportunity to discuss how the government and industry can best enable technologies to fully recognise their economic potential. Further sessions will evaluate the effects that recent changes to the Intellectual Property Bill and delegates will be given the opportunity to evaluate the possible impacts of Brexit on the industry.

Final sessions will debate the social and ethical issues surrounding robotics and artificial intelligence. The forum will look at what the future will look like after technological advances have vastly changed our lives and potential ways to minimise any negative effects on the population.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 



08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 



09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

09:05 - 09:30
Next Steps for Implementing the Robotics and Automated Systems 2020 Strategy

 

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Professor David Lane CBE FREng FRSE Lead Author RAS2020 UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy and founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heri

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09:05 - 09:30
Next Steps for Implementing the Robotics and Automated Systems 2020 Strategy

 

09:30 - 09:55
Encouraging Development in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

 

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Paul Mason Director of Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

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09:30 - 09:55
Encouraging Development in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

 

09:55 - 10:45
Policy and Innovation Collaboration: Research, Funding Streams and Supporting a Full Range of Sectors

 
  • What are the next steps for the implementation of the recommendations in the Robotics and Automated Systems 2020 strategy?
  • What are the potential benefits to society and the economy of advancement in Robotics and Ai?
  • Have new Intellectual Property Laws affected research and innovation in emerging technologies Such as robotics and Ai?
  • What are the implications of robotics and artificial intelligence on the future UK workforce and job market?
  • Which sectors are most at likely to benefit from the advances in Robotics and Ai?
  • Is further investment needed in the 5 Robotics and Automated Systems (RAS) strategy strands: coordination, assets, challenges, clusters and skills to build the UK’s RAS capability?
  • What should be the priorities for the Government in preparation for the shift in the UK skills base and training?
  • What needs to happen to ensure that Higher Education is fully supporting the growth of Robotics and Ai?

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Rich Walker Managing Director, Shadow Robotics

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09:55 - 10:45
Policy and Innovation Collaboration: Research, Funding Streams and Supporting a Full Range of Sectors

 
  • What are the next steps for the implementation of the recommendations in the Robotics and Automated Systems 2020 strategy?
  • What are the potential benefits to society and the economy of advancement in Robotics and Ai?
  • Have new Intellectual Property Laws affected research and innovation in emerging technologies Such as robotics and Ai?
  • What are the implications of robotics and artificial intelligence on the future UK workforce and job market?
  • Which sectors are most at likely to benefit from the advances in Robotics and Ai?
  • Is further investment needed in the 5 Robotics and Automated Systems (RAS) strategy strands: coordination, assets, challenges, clusters and skills to build the UK’s RAS capability?
  • What should be the priorities for the Government in preparation for the shift in the UK skills base and training?
  • What needs to happen to ensure that Higher Education is fully supporting the growth of Robotics and Ai?

10:45 - 10:50
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

10:45 - 10:50
Chair’s Closing Comments

 

10:50 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking break

 

10:50 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:20 - 11:25
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

11:20 - 11:25
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

11:25 - 12:15
BREXIT and The Future for Robotics & AI: Overcoming Brexit and Recognising New Opportunities

 
  • What measures the Government should take to assist further in Robotics and Ai?
  • How can Robotics and Ai be used in response to challenges such as the need for safe transport, efficient healthcare, productive manufacturing, space technologies, efficient energy, Smarter cities, automated financial systems and efficient farming practices?
  • How is BREXIT likely to impact on the UK’s Robotics and Ai sector, what ways can the government provide support?
  • Are there and new and emerging opportunities coming from BREXIT for the sector?
  • What are the priorities for research and innovation policy in a post-Brexit UK?
  • What needs to happen to ensure that the UK remains at the global forefront of Robotics and Ai innovation?


11:25 - 12:15
BREXIT and The Future for Robotics & AI: Overcoming Brexit and Recognising New Opportunities

 
  • What measures the Government should take to assist further in Robotics and Ai?
  • How can Robotics and Ai be used in response to challenges such as the need for safe transport, efficient healthcare, productive manufacturing, space technologies, efficient energy, Smarter cities, automated financial systems and efficient farming practices?
  • How is BREXIT likely to impact on the UK’s Robotics and Ai sector, what ways can the government provide support?
  • Are there and new and emerging opportunities coming from BREXIT for the sector?
  • What are the priorities for research and innovation policy in a post-Brexit UK?
  • What needs to happen to ensure that the UK remains at the global forefront of Robotics and Ai innovation?


12:15 - 12:55
Robotics, AI and the Future of Humanity: Rebalancing Everyday Lives and Building Moral Robots

 
  • Does there need to be serious consideration given to concerns that Robotics and Ai such as the supplanting of workers by robots and Ai the use of ‘adult’ services and whether we are on the verge of a ‘robot’ future?
  • What regulatory and legislative approaches are needed to counter the problems, do we need ‘The Three Laws of Robotics’?
  • Which sectors most at risk from massive job losses from automated systems?



Speakers

Dr Miles Brundage AI Policy Research Fellow, The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

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12:15 - 12:55
Robotics, AI and the Future of Humanity: Rebalancing Everyday Lives and Building Moral Robots

 
  • Does there need to be serious consideration given to concerns that Robotics and Ai such as the supplanting of workers by robots and Ai the use of ‘adult’ services and whether we are on the verge of a ‘robot’ future?
  • What regulatory and legislative approaches are needed to counter the problems, do we need ‘The Three Laws of Robotics’?
  • Which sectors most at risk from massive job losses from automated systems?



12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Dr Miles Brundage AI Policy Research Fellow, The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

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Dr Miles Brundage AI Policy Research Fellow, The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University

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Professor David Lane CBE FREng FRSE Lead Author RAS2020 UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy and founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heri

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Professor David Lane CBE FREng FRSE Lead Author RAS2020 UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy and founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heri

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Paul Mason Director of Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

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Paul Mason Director of Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

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Dr Kedar Pandya Associate Director of Business Engagement, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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Dr Kedar Pandya Associate Director of Business Engagement, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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Rich Walker Managing Director, Shadow Robotics

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Rich Walker Managing Director, Shadow Robotics

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Dr Rob Buckingham Co-Author, The RAS2020 UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy and Director of the UK Atomic Energy Authority

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Dr Rob Buckingham Co-Author, The RAS2020 UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy and Director of the UK Atomic Energy Authority

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Venue details

The Queen Elizabeth II Centre Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

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