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.
H.E. Keiichi Hayashi, Ambassador of Japan
Session 1 Overview of policy setting and funding arrangements in Japan and the UK
Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
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
Session 2 Cutting-edge research projects in Japan and the UK
Keynote presentations on research trends in Japan and the UK
Facilitator; Dr Fumiya Iida, University Lecturer in Mechatronics, University of Cambridge
Session 3 Socio-economic impact
Mr Llewelyn Morgan, Localities policies and innovation, Oxfordshire County Council
Dr. Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
Prof. Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
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.