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Pushing the limits of technology and robotics; how small? How far? How extreme? The most challenging problems in engineering often require the most unconventional solutions. Join us for a series of three exciting talks that turn the science fiction of insectoid robots, nuclear decommissioning robots and sub-zero environments into science fact.
Life on Halley: Engineering in Antartica
Andy Stevenson-Jones (Electronics engineer, British Antarctic Survey)
Engineering in the Antarctic presents special challenges due to the remote location and sometimes extreme conditions found there. Located on the Brunt Ice shelf, research at the Halley VI station covers areas from space weather to atmospheric science and glaciology, helping us to understand how the world around us is changing. Instruments there must operate in a hostile environment when they are often inaccessible for months at a time. Here, Andy will talk about what it takes to perform research in this unique environment and his experience working at the station over the Antarctic summer.
Drones in a Dirty, Dull and Dangerous World
Mr Khris Kabbabe (Research Associate, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering)
Autonomous robots are destined for Dirty, Dull, and Dangerous missions. But what about the humans who have to operate these on site? Khris Kabbabe will talk about operating drones in Dirty (landfill sites), Dull (offshore renewable energy) and Dangerous (volcanoes and rainforest) places, and why drones are essential to our understanding of these environments.