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YorRobots Exhibition

Friday 28 February 2020, 9.00AM

Invited talks and presentations from industry and University of York researchers.

The event is free. Book your place


09.00 - Registration
09.30 - Welcome and Introduction - Ana Cavalcanti, YorRobots
09.45 - Robotics and AI in Extreme Environments - Rob Skilton, RACE
10.00 - Safe Robotics and Autonomous Systems at York - Ana MacIntosh, AAIP
10.15 - TBC - Thales
10.30 - Simulating Human Interactions with Autonomous Vehicles - Cade McCall, Department of Psychology
10.45 - Break
11.15 - RoboStar Technologies - Ana Cavalcanti, Department of Computer Science
11.30 - Autonomous Robot Evolution: Cradle to Grave - Andy Tyrrell, Department of Electronic Engineering
11.45 - Snake Robotics for Jet Engine Maintenance - James Kell, Rolls-Royce
12.00 - Posters and Lunch
13.30 - Robotic Hands for Interesting and Challenging Environments - Rich Walker, Shadow Robots
13.45 - Molecules Made by Robots - Ian Fairlamb, Department of Chemistry
14.00 - SkyLine2D: Direct In-Field Monitoring of Greenhouse Gas Emissions - James Stockdale, Department of Environment and Geography
14.15 - Challenges in Real World Robotics - Robert Deaves, Dyson 
14.30 - Social and Ethical Dimensions in Robotics - Darren Reed, Department of Sociology
14.45 - Break
15.15 - Environment Monitoring - Bryce Stewart, Department of Environment and Geography
15.30 - Certification of Autonomous Systems through the use of DO-178C - Colin O'Halloran, D-RisQ
15.45 - Responsibility in Robotics - Zoe Porter, Department of Philosophy
16.00 - Medical Robotics - Zion Tse, Department of Electronic Engineering
16.15 - Closing Remarks - Ana Cavalcanti, YorRobots
16.30 - Demonstrations


Robert Deaves, Dyson

Colin O'Halloran, D-RisQ

James Kell, Rolls-Royce

Rob Skilton, RACE

Rich Walker, Managing Director - The Shadow Robot Company
Rich Walker has worked in robotics for over 20 years and leads the team at Shadow who are developing new robots and applications for robotics. He’s active in developing and implementing European (FP7 and now Horizon 2020) and TSB/Innovate UK projects. He sits on the Innovate UK “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” SIG Advisory Board, which lets him influence the direction the UK takes in robotics in a way that makes sense to SMEs and innovators, as well as being a Director of EuRobotics, and various EPSRC and University networks and committees around robotics.

Professor Ana Cavalcanti, Department of Computer Science
Ana Cavalcanti is Professor of Software Verification at York and RAEng chair in Emerging Technologies working on 'Software Engineering for Robotics: modelling, validation, simulation, and testing'.
She held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit award and a Royal Society Industry fellowship to work with QinetiQ in avionics. She has chaired the programme committee of several well-established international conferences, is on the editorial board of four international journals, and is chair of the Formal Methods Europe association.
She is, and has been, principal investigator on several large EPSRC grants. Her research is on theory and practice of verification and testing for robotics. She has published more than 150 papers.

Dr Ana MacIntosh, Assuring Autonomy International Programme
Dr Ana MacIntosh manages the £12M Assuring Autonomy International Programme supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York. Prior to joining the University of York, she established and managed Sheffield Robotics, one of the UK’s leading robotics research institutes, and she is a strong advocate for working across the boundaries of traditional disciplines.
Ana studied materials engineering and completed a PhD investigating the potential for using spider silk as a scaffold for tissue engineering, before working in project management and business development for organisations ranging from a micro-SME to a network of 11 universities.

Dr Cade McCall, Department of Psychology
Cade McCall, PhD, is a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of York.
His research focuses on human affect and social interactions. McCall specialises in the use of virtual environments, motion capture, and psychophysiology for studying psychological processes as they unfold in naturalistic settings.
Cade's recent work investigates the role of social cognition in driving and in interactions with autonomous vehicles.

Professor Andy Tyrrell, Department of Electronic Engineering
Andy Tyrrell received a first-class honours degree in 1982 and a PhD in 1985 (Aston University), both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
He joined the Electronics department at the University of York in April 1990 and was promoted to the chair of Digital Electronics in 1998. His main research interests are in the design of biologically-inspired devices, architectures and systems, fault-tolerance, evolvable hardware and robotics. This work has included the creation of embryonic processing array, intrinsic evolvable hardware systems and the PAnDA hardware architecture.
He founded the Intelligent Systems research group at York in 1998, and is currently head of department. He co-founded and is CEO of the University spin-out company ngenics which focuses on applying bio-inspired computation to semiconductor designs. He has published over 350 papers in these areas.
He is a senior member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET.

Professor Ian Fairlamb, Department of Chemistry

Dr Darren Reed, Department of Sociology

Dr Bryce Stewart, Department of Environment and Geography

Zoe Porter, Department of Philosophy

Professor Zion Tse, Department of Electronic Engineering

Dr James Stockdale, Department of Environment and Geography

Location: Computer Science Building, Campus East, University of York