UKRAS19: Speakers

UKRAS19: Speakers

Dr Slava Chesnokov,  Senior Technical Director, 
Media Imaging, ARM

Dr Chesnokov is responsible for the Direction of imaging research (methodology) of IVG (Imaging and Vision Group) and synergy between ARM groups when image processing is involved. He contributes to strategy of IVG business/technology development. He has strong knowledge of image processing and efficient HW implementations of image processing algorithms. He was the former CTO of Apical ltd (15 years of working experience) and has a lot of experience of engaging with customers and promotion of new products. He has interests in image processing, artificial neural networks and AI, and Automation of Imaging HW design. Details of his talk are below:

ARM computational platforms for CV/Image Processing for future Robots: NN accelerator vs. fixed NN HW

Abstract: Abstract: The talk will outline the current state of computational platforms for Image Processing and CV. Several aspects will be mentioned, such as: NN accelerator vs. Fixed NNs, Edge processing vs. Cloud processing, Inference vs. Training, Analog vs. Digital implementations of NNs. I will also describe the traditional workflow for fixed HW development for Image Processing/CV (business of Apical Ltd and now ARM) and how CNNs are affecting the workflow and allowing to build far better Imaging/CV products.

Prof. Tom Duckett, Professor of Robotics & Autonomous Systems 
Director, Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS)
Email: Tom Duckett

His research interests include autonomous robots, artificial intelligence, machine perception and robotic mapping, with applications including agri-food and service robotics. He worked previously at the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Sweden, where he led the Learning Systems Laboratory. He obtained his PhD in the AI Group at the University of Manchester, UK. Prior to becoming an academic, he worked for several years as a programmer, developing and supporting software solutions for the fresh food industry. Tom has co-authored over 120 scientific publications and held peer-reviewed grants worth over £3 million at the University of Lincoln. Details of his talk are below:

The Future of Robotic Agriculture

Abstract: Agri-Food is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, twice the scale of automotive and aerospace combined. It supports a food chain that generates over £108bn p.a., with 3.9m employees in a truly international industry and exports £20bn of UK manufactured goods. However, the global food chain is under pressure from population growth, climate change, political pressures affecting migration, population drift from rural to urban regions and the demographics of an aging global population. To meet these challenges, this talk reviews the future opportunities in the application of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) in Agri-Food production. I will further present the latest results from current research projects at the University of Lincoln, including robotic solutions for soil, water and crop management, intralogistics and human-robot collaboration for Agri-Food production.

Dr. Séverin Lemaignan, Senior Research Fellow
Bristol Robotics Laboratory 
Email: Séverin Lemaignan

Séverin Lemaignan’s research interests primarily concern the socio-cognitive aspects of human-robot interaction, both from the perspective of the human cognition and the design of cognitive architectures for the robots. More recently, he has been focusing his experimental work on child-robot interactions in educative settings, exploring how robots can support teachers and therapists to develop effective and engaging novel learning paradigms. Details of his talk are below:

Robots for education: from social to non-social, a look at the challenges of tomorrow

Abstract: The talk will take a broad perspective on robots for education: from small non-social mobile robots to very social artificial agents, where do we stand today in terms of technical challenges to build powerful new paradigms for robots for learning? I will build on results collected over the last few years in a dozen different schools to also attempt to sketch future directions of research, from interactive machine-learning to data-driven social dynamics.

Prof. Barry Lennox, Professor of Applied Control
School of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringSchool of Electrical & Electronic Engineering /Dalton Nuclear InstituteFaculty of Science and Engineering
Email: Barry Lennox

His research interests are in the development and deployment of robotic systems for nuclear decommissioning applications, applied control systems and the use of acoustic pulse reflectometry for monitoring industrial pipelines. In 2002 he co-founded Perceptive Engineering, a process control solutions provider and through Circor, his work in acoustics has led to the development of equipment that has been commercialised and successfully applied in the North Sea, USA and Asia to detect and locate blockages in subsea pipelines and heat exchangers. Details of his talk are below:

Development of Robotic Systems for Nuclear Applications

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of some of the challenges faced by the nuclear industry and some of the robotics projects that are on-going at the University of Manchester to address these challenges. These projects include submersible and ground based robots that have been specifically designed and developed to explore unknown environments encountered in the nuclear industry. In particular details will be provided of the AVEXIS robot which is a submersible ROV that was designed to explore the legacy storage facilities on the Sellafield site and to locate the melted fuel inside the rectors at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant in Japan. These projects link to growing programmes of work focused on the development of robotic systems for extreme environments, further details of which can be found at: and

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