Call for Applications
We are excited to announce that Robot Lab Live is returning in 2022!
Following on from the success of the UK’s first mass online robotics livestream this year, which reached over 4,000 viewers on YouTube, we are seeking applications from UK research groups to take part in the livestream event in June 2022.
Have you got an exciting idea for how to engage members of the public in your cutting-edge research? This is your opportunity to show off your fully operational robotic system, or demonstrate your latest research innovations, and most importantly – to share your enthusiasm and expertise with the world!
This two-hour livestream event will feature multiple teams across the UK simultaneously demonstrating their latest research to members of the public on YouTube. We’re looking for unusual, exciting, interactive, relatable, thought-provoking demos from UK-RAS Network Members.
Deadline for applications: 12 noon on 27th January
What We’re Looking For:
- Exciting, unusual, engaging demonstrations of cutting-edge robotics research that are accessible to members of the public.
- A single, coherent 12 – 15 minute demo on a particular application, research question, or robot. (This will be repeated four times – see ‘Suggested Format’ below)
- Opportunities for the livestream audience to interact with roboticists or with the robots themselves remotely (either through the livestream chat functionality or your own online interface). [we are not looking for pre-recorded demos]
What We’re Offering:
- Training and consultation with Dr Steve Cross – public engagement and communication consultant, trainer, and strategist – to help you develop and deliver a public livestream demo.
- All the equipment to broadcast your demo via livestream (camera, microphone, lighting, livestream software).
- A trailer for your demo filmed by Will Westaway, Creative Director of the RoketHouse film production company.
- Publicity for your demo through a dedicated press release, social media posts, the UK-RAS Website and online mailing list.
- Info webinar with Claire Asher: 2pm 12th January
- Deadline for applications: 12pm 27th January
- Successful teams notified: w/c 7th February
- Deadline to confirm demo details: 12pm 18th March
- Filming visits: late March – mid April
- Dress rehearsal: 1st Jun
Robot Lab Live teams will have two hours to show-off their research to our YouTube audiences. We expect that the majority of teams will design a 12-15 minute demo, which they will repeat four times during the live event, with time for audience questions and breaks for the demonstrators (see example schedule below). However, not all demos will fit this pattern, and we will consider creative demo ideas provided that they last for the entire 2-hour event.
3.55pm – Start of livestream – holding slide
4.00pm – First presentation of demo
4.15pm – Audience questions / interaction
4.25pm – Break – holding slide
4.30pm – Second presentation of demo
4.45pm – Audience questions / interaction
4.55pm – Break – holding slide
5.05pm – Third presentation of demo
5.20pm – Audience questions / interaction
5.30pm – Break – holding slide
5.35pm – Fourth presentation of demo
5.50pm – Audience questions / interaction
6.00pm – Event ends – holding slide