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Robots are everywhere, from vacuum cleaners to car manufacturing, robotic machines are used in all aspects of our lives. Join us to hear from three amazing scientists, as they discuss how this technology is revolutionising industry, healthcare and allowing humans to push the boundaries of exploration.
Robots: Our Exploration Partners
Dr. Kevin Worrall (Lecturer (Aerospace Sciences), University of Glasgow)
Humans have come a long way: we can go into space, we can explore (to a point) the oceans, we can survive the cold and the heat. But there is still much more to explore, from the inside of our bodies to the far reaches of the solar system. For this we will are still reliant on robotic exploration. Where have our exploration partners been and where will they go next?
Industry 4.0 – Alexa! Gi’ Me a Pint, Will Ya Me Love?
Prof. Jörn Mehnen (Professor of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde)
There is no definition, no standard, no nothing but everybody is talking about it – Industry 4.0 aka the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What is it, how does it work and is it a revolution at all and – most importantly – can it deliver me a pint when I am in a pub? This talk tries to demystify Industry 4.0 and demonstrates through a practical (pub) example how this plethora of technologies can be put to good use – to get us some beer and / or to boost your business in a truly revolutionary fashion.
Giving Robotic Limbs a 'Sense of Touch'
We constantly use our sense of touch in our lives to manipulate the world around us. Not having the ability to feel our environment can lead to many challenges in performing daily tasks that we might not often consider challenging. However, this is a reality for the millions of upper-limb amputees around the world. Our research focuses on providing affordable, customisable and functional next generation robotic prosthetics that provide sensory feedback to their users. We hope to empower amputees by giving them increased mechanical control and providing their prosthetics with a sense of touch.