International Robotics Showcase 2019

In what has become the centrepiece of the UK Robotics Week, the International Robotics Showcase was organised by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network and tool place at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 27th June 2019, 9.00am – 4.30pm.

The one-day International Robotics Showcase in London featured exclusive live demos of latest UK innovations plus insights from world-renowned technologists.

The pinnacle showcase event of UK Robotics Week 2019 hosted an exclusive keynote talk, “The World’s Deepest Dive”, delivered jointly by Anthony Geffen, the multi-award-winning documentary film maker and pioneer in multi-platform storytelling, and Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarine’s Chief Designer, who built the unique submersible, the Limiting Factor.  They shared the inside story of the technology and techniques used to film the deepest ever dive in history.   Chief designer, Co-founder and President of Triton Submarines, Patrick Lahey explained how they designed this unique titanium submarine, including its robotics technology, enabling it to dive to the deepest depths in each of the world’s five oceans.

They revealed the filming challenges of exploring the deep ocean with a pioneering submersible during the ground-breaking Five Deeps expedition and how the team developed new camera systems that could be mounted on the submersible and operate at up to 10,000m below sea level, working with robotic landers with camera systems and allowing them to film Victor Vescovo’s record-breaking dive – descending nearly 11km/7 miles to the deepest place recorded in the ocean.  The team also had to design new rigs that could go inside the submersible and capture every moment of the dives, as well as new lighting systems that could be mounted on the outside of the submersible.  

Anthony’s co-presenter Patrick Lahey became the second Canadian to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench and the first person to dive the Challenger Deep twice. He told the inside story of how Triton designed and built a submarine that could not only make the world’s deepest ever dive but can now dive to any depth across all the world’s oceans, having already completed dives at the Puerto Rico Trench, the South Sandwich Trench, The Java Trench and Challenger Deep.

The International Robotics Showcase has become the centrepiece of the UK Robotics Week (#UKRW19). Now in its fourth year, this highlight one-day exhibition and conference featured an array of the latest robotic technologies, live demonstrations, talks by world-renowned technologists and experts, spanning:

Additional attractions of the 2019 UK Robotics Week International Robotics Showcase included an award ceremony for the winners of this year’s AR-driven School Robot Competition, plus presentations for the winners of the Surgical Robot Challenge and the Manufacturing Robot Challenge.  A brand-new White Paper entitled “Ethical Issues for Robotics and Autonomous Systems” will also be launched at the event.

·         Nuclear robotics
·         Offshore robotics
·         Future AI and robotics for space
·         Buried Infrastructure Inspection
·         Multi-vehicle coordination

UK Festival of Robotics

19th – 25th June 2021