West of England Robotics Network Event – October 2018

24th October 2018 @ 08:00 – 10:00 Europe/London Timezone
Bristol Business School
UWE Frenchay Campus

We welcome you to the West of England Robotics Network.

This is an open access, community network of roboticists in the West of England for everyone interested in researching, developing or deploying Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) technologies, products and services. We organise meetings, events and networking for the region’s RAS community and welcome individuals from all RAS backgrounds, disciplines and interests.

Our next event is in conjunction with IET Bristol

We are delighted to bring to you our speakers for the morning:

Professor Alan Winfield

“Robot Ethics: from principles to policy”

Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He received his PhD in Digital Communications from the University of Hull in 1984, then co-founded and led APD Communications Ltd until taking-up appointment at UWE, Bristol in 1992. Alan co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where his research is focused on the science and engineering of cognitive robotics; current projects are focused on robots with simulation-based internal models and multi-robot systems in critical environments.

Alan is passionate about communicating research and ideas in science, engineering and technology; he led UK-wide public engagement project Walking with Robots, awarded the 2010 Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke medal for public promotion of engineering. Until recently he was director of UWE’s Science Communication Unit. Alan is frequently called upon by the press and media to comment on developments in AI and robotics; he was a guest on the BBC R4 series The Life Scientific and more recently interviewed for BBC News HARDtalk.

Alan is an advocate for robot ethics; he sits on the executive of the IEEE Standards Association Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and chairs Working Group P7001, drafting a new IEEE standard on Transparency of Autonomous Systems. Alan has published over 240 works, including Robotics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012); he lectures widely on robotics, presenting to both academic and public audiences, and blogs at http://alanwinfield.blogspot.com/

Assistant Professor Sabine Hauert

“Dehyping Robotics”

Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (

Sabine is also President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.

As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journals Science and Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.

Katie Winkle

“Designing Persuasive Robots (Ethically)”

Katie Winkle is a is a PhD student in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems (FARSCOPE) at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Her current research focuses on using social robots to improve engagement in rehabilitative therapies, with a focus on socially persuasive/influential robots and the resulting ethical implications. Katie holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from which she graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Bristol in 2015.


08:00am              Refreshments and Networking

08:30am              Opening welcome from the West of England Robotics Network

08:35am              Professor Alan Winfield – “Robot Ethics: from principles to policy”

09:05am              Assistant Professor Sabine Hauert “Dehyping Robotics”

09:35am              Katie Winkle “Designing Persuasive Robots (Ethically)”

09:50am              Questions

10:00am              Close


We look forward to seeing you.

Kind regards,

Alison Wilmot

West of England Robotics Coordinator