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Thu 3 May 2018, 6:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 10 May 2018, 6:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 17 May 2018, 6:30pm–9:00pm
Thu 24 May 2018, 6:30pm–9:00pm

Where: University of Auckland, Owen G Glen Building, 12 Grafton Rd, Grafton, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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The 2018 Gibbons Lectures Series topic is 'Robots Everywhere: Robots in Industry and at Home'.

Hosted by the Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, in partnership with IT Professionals NZ and Auckland ICT Graduate School.

A robot is a machine capable of sensing and carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially when controlled by computer programs. It seems that every day we hear news items concerning robots, the tasks that they are now able to perform and how they are expected to interact with humans.

Particularly newsworthy are autonomous robots that operate without immediate human control and androids that are made to resemble humans, but most robots are machines designed to perform a task with the most practical shape for the task itself.

The branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, is called robotics. Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that involves mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and other disciplines from the social sciences. In New Zealand, robotics is an active area of research.

The first speaker this year, Bruce MacDonald from our Faculty of Engineering, will overview the state of robotics research, especially local research directions. Mike Shatford, Managing Director of Design Energy, will follow with a summary of how robotics and supporting technologies are solving problems for industry, world-wide and in New Zealand, particularly in small and medium enterprises.

From our Department of Computer Science, Patrice Delmas will discuss the problems of providing robots with vision. To end the lecture series, Elizabeth Broadbent from our Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences will present some of the social issues of interacting with robots and her research into this area.

Join us for refreshments before each lecture from 6pm at:
3, 17, 24 May – 260.088, Level 0 Foyer, Owen G Glenn Building
10 May – John Hood Plaza, Level 1, Owen G Glenn Building

3 May – Robotics research in New Zealand
Bruce MacDonald
Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Auckland

10 May – Robotics in industry
Mike Shatford
Managing Director
Design Energy Limited

17 May – Will robotic vision ever fully replace human vision?
Patrice Delmas
Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Auckland

24 May – Can we be friends with robots?
Elizabeth Broadbent
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
The University of Auckland

Find out more at the website.

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