Trailblazers Event: Future Innovations in Robotics
12th September 2023

EMERGENCE Trailblazers Event: Future Innovations in Robotics

Event Presentations and Recordings

Welcome and Introduction

EMERGENCE Team Presentation: Prof, Praminda Caleb-Solly
Project Lead for EMERGENCE at the University of Nottingham 

I need help but my robot can't get down the stairs

Trailblazer Project Presentation:

Evangelia Chrysikou,
Trailblazer Project Lead at UCL

Fernando Loizides,
Trailblazer Project Co-Investigator at Cardiff University


Trailblazer Project Presentation: Abdel-Karim Al-Tamimi,
Trailblazer Project Lead at at Sheffield Hallam University


Trailblazer Project Presentation: Alistair McConnell
Trailblazer Project Lead at Heriot-Watt University

EPSRC Strategy for Health Technologies  & New Opportunities

Key Speaker Presentation: Philippa Hemmings

Philippa has been Head of Healthcare Technologies at EPSRC since 2018, leading on the development and delivery of the Councils strategy for healthcare technologies, working with other UKRI councils and funders of health research.   She has had a number of other roles within EPSRC working across the science and engineering community, for a time within the Planning and Strategy Directorate including acting as Secretary to EPSRC Council and undertaking a secondment to BEIS.    She has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Oxford and an interest in all things science, including new approaches for supporting research, and involving the public. 

Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (TAPPI) From Principles to Practice (and the barriers to innovation in the Public Service domain)

Key Speaker Presentation: Prof. Roy Sandbach
Roy was the first Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University and is Professor of Practice in Population Health Science. He chairs the current national inquiry into the use of Technology for our Ageing Population (TAPPI).

Roy chairs Northern Accelerator, the research commercialisation programme of six North East Universities. Nationally, he sits on the board of the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Roy spent 31 years with the Procter & Gamble Company. One of his patented inventions is a $150 million business in the US.Roy is past-President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry & Technology Council and a Fellow of the Society. He chairs the RSC Industry Task Force for Sustainable Polymers.

Social robot and IoT technologies in prevention, monitoring and rehabilitation of neurodegenerative diseases

Key Speaker Presentation: Prof. Filippo Cavallo

Filippo Cavallo is Associate Professor in Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics the University of Florence, Department of Industrial Engineering, Florence, Italy. The objectives of his research activities are to promote and evaluate novel service robotics for active and healthy ageing, and to identify and validate disruptive healthcare paradigms for neurodegenerative and chronic diseases, focusing on prevention and support for physical and cognitive declines. The main scientific and technological challenges concern social robotics, human robot interaction, wearable sensors, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence for robot companion and healthcare applications. He has participated in various national and European projects and is the author of 180+ papers on conferences and ISI journals. 

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