UKRAS21: Speakers

UKRAS21: Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova

Ocado Technology

Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova is a senior research coordinator in the External Collaborations group at Ocado Technology. She holds a PhD in Robotics from King’s College London, and her previous academic research was focused on medical robotics, force and tactile sensing for grasping, sensor fusion and intelligent grasping, as well as on soft robotics. Jelizaveta is currently working on developing and leading external collaborative research projects and connections with the focus on robotics and long term cutting-edge innovation.

Prof. Ana Cavalcanti

University of York

Ana Cavalcanti is a Professor at the University of York, UK, and a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies. Her current work is on Software Engineering for Robotics, with a leading role in the RoboStar group. From 2012 to 2017, she held a Royal Society – Wolfson Research Merit Award. In 2003, she was awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship to work with QinetiQ on formal methods. She has published almost 200 papers, and chaired the Programme Committee of various well-established international conferences. She has a long-term interest in refinement, safety-critical systems, object-orientation, concurrency, and real-time applications. She has played a major role in the design and formalisation of a state-rich process algebra, namely, Circus, and its development techniques using the Hoare and He’s Unifying Theories of Programming. She is currently Chair of the Formal Methods Europe association.

Prof. Ana Paiva

GAIPS, INESC-ID and IST, Universidade de Lisboa

Ana Paiva is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) from the University of Lisbon and is also the Coordinator of GAIPS – “Group on AI for People and Society” at INESC-ID. She is also the Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2020-2021). Her group investigates the creation of complex systems using an agent-based approach, with a special focus on social agents. Prof. Paiva’s main research focuses on the problems and techniques for creating social agents and robots that can simulate human-like behaviours, be transparent, natural and eventually, give the illusion of life. Over the years she has addressed this problem by engineering agents that exhibit specific social capabilities, including emotions, personality, culture, non-verbal behaviour, empathy, collaboration, and others. She has published extensively in the area of social agents and robots, received best paper awards in many conferences, in particular she won the first prize of the Blue Sky Awards at the AAAI 2018. She has further advanced the area of artificial intelligence and social agents worldwide, having served for the Global Agenda Council in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics of the World Economic Forum and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Science Europe. She is an EuroAI fellow.


Yunus Emre Cogurcu: An Augmented Reality System for Safe Human-Robot Collaboration

Dan Dai: Small datasets for fruit detection with transfer learning

Lewis Riches: Firefighter Assistance Robot

Hans Natalius: A Non-Axisymmetric Parallel Manipulator for Head Stabilisation in Vitreoretinal Surgery

Emilyann Nault: Test Framework for a Virtual Competition Testbed

Chipp Jansen: Visually-based Prediction of Artist’s Drawing

Florence Sherry: Design of a Transforming Myriapod Robot for Multimodal Locomotion

Christopher Peers: Development of a Teleoperative Quadrupedal Manipulator

Mohammad Hossein Bamorovat Abadi: Robot House Human Activity Recognition Dataset

Nicola Camp: Older adults’ perceptions of Socially Assistive Robots

Vignesh Velmurugan: Requirements for a home-based rehabilitation device for hand and wrist therapy after stroke

Katie Riddoch: Exploring Human-Dog Attachment Behaviours and their Translation to a Robotic Platform

Interactive Session

Human activity recognition at home: benchmarks and competition

Affordable Robot Mapping using Omnidirectional Vision

A Call for Stronger Privacy Protections to Promote the Development of Ethical Domestic Robots

Towards Localisation of Remote Centre of Motion and Trocar in Vitreoretinal Surgery

Validating The Use of Off-The-Shelf Components for Biometric Data Collection in Affective Computing

End-Effector Mobility for Manipulators in Confined Spaces

Using a Video Game to Collect Harvesting Data for Learning from Demonstration

Assessing the probability of human injury during UV-C treatment of crops by robots

Assuring autonomy of robots in soft fruit production

Task Allocation with Manipulative Dynamic Auctioneering for Multi Robot Systems

Auction-based Task Allocation Mechanisms for Managing Fruit Harvesting Tasks

Safety Assessment of a Robotic Arm Motion including Human Factors

Using Plan Libraries for Improved Plan Execution

Towards 5G-Enabled Education: Remote Laboratory and Training Prototype

The need for speed: How 5G communication can support AI in the field

Design and Validation of Mobile Robot with Hybrid Wheel-Leg Design