As we see rapid technological innovation taking place in the research fields of Big Data analysis techniques and artificial intelligence, we are now entering a new era for robots, as they develop from performing simple tasks to utilising vast amounts of data. Meanwhile, global competition to develop such robots is intensifying, and new innovations in this field are expected to not only bring about a transformation across the wide industrial structure, but also to have a significant socioeconomic impact in the future. The Government of Japan published its “New Robot Strategy” in January 2015, followed by the establishment of The Artificial Intelligence Research Centre in May, and will establish a new project called “Advanced Integrated Intelligence Platform Project” in 2016.
Meanwhile, the UK Government has identified “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” as one of its Eight Great Technologies, publishing the strategy for stimulating growth in July 2014, and established the Alan Turing Institute as the UK’s national institute for data science. With this in mind, and following on from our successful Robotics seminar held at the Embassy of Japan in the UK in April last year, this event will feature several keynote speeches focusing on the fields of artificial intelligence and computer vision, and will be an opportunity to introduce the recent trends in the two countries’ policies and R&D, and to discuss future innovation and Japan-UK collaboration in this field.

Please register here to attend this free event. Please note that registration prior to the event is essential. You will be asked to present a print-out of your confirmation email together with photographic identification upon entry to the Embassy of Japan for security purposes, and to have your belongings scanned by our security staff.

15.00 Doors open

Opening remarks

H.E. Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan
-Representative from the UK Government


Session 1 Overview of policy setting and funding arrangements in Japan and the UK

  • Brief introduction to recent policy trends in Japan 

Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

  • Brief introduction to recent trends in the UK

Dr Kedar Pandya, Head of the Engineering Theme for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Imperial College London, UK-RAS Network

  • Q&A

Session 2 Cutting-edge research projects in Japan and the UK

Keynote presentations on research trends in Japan and the UK
Professor Yoshihiko Nakamura, Department of Mechano Informatics, University of Tokyo
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, University of Osaka
Professor Tetsuya Ogata, Laboratory for Intelligent Dynamics and Representation, Waseda University
Professor Tadahiro Taniguchi, Department of Human & Computer Intelligence College, Ritsumeikan University
Dr Komei Sugiura, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

Professor Roberto Cipolla, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Professor Sethu Vijayakumar FRSE; Director, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, University of Edinburgh
Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn, School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire

Facilitator; Dr Fumiya Iida, University Lecturer in Mechatronics, University of Cambridge


Session 3 Socio-economic impact

  • New business innovations

Mr Llewelyn Morgan, Localities policies and innovation, Oxfordshire County Council
Mr Shohei Hido, Chief Research Officer, Preferred Networks

  • Future social impact

Dr. Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

18.00 Q&A
18.25 Closing Remarks
Prof. Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
18.30 Networking reception


The event is hosted by the Embassy of Japan and supported by Jetro (Japan External Trade Organisation), JST, British Embassy of Tokyo and the EPSRC UK-RAS Network. 

Event date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
15:00 to 18:30