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UKRAS21 Conference brings together early-career roboticists from across the country

On the 2nd June, the 4th UK-RAS Conference for PhD and Early-Career Researchers was hosted remotely by the University of Hertfordshire. The theme of this year’s conference was “Robotics at Home” and the programme featured three inspiring Keynote speakers and 12 oral presentations as well as an interactive session with 17 parallel poster presentations. We were thrilled to welcome over 80 delegates on Zoom and Discord.

Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova (Ocado Technology) opened the first session on “Robots Making Themselves At Home” with an excellent keynote talk on “Robots in the workplace: Innovation at Ocado Technology and the SecondHands project”.

The afternoon session on “Robotics Research While Working From Home” was opened by Prof. Ana Cavalcanti (University of York) with a fascinating talk on “RoboStar modelling stack: tackling the reality gap”.

An interactive session on discord replaced the traditional in-person poster session and offered the chance for conference delegates to interact directly with the 17 presenters in dedicated text and video chat rooms.

The final session of the day focussed on “Robotics For Use In The Home” and featured a fantastic keynote talk on “Humans and Robots Together: Engineering Sociality and Collaboration” from Prof. Ana Paiva (GAIPS, INESC-ID and IST, Universidade de Lisboa).

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make UKRAS21 a great success, including: Patrick Holthaus, Farshid Amirabdollahian, Arthur Richards, Frank Förster, Charles Fox, Gabriella Lakatos, Alessandra Rossi, and Christoph Salge.

We look forward to welcoming you all next year to UKRAS22!