SCL South West Group event: Driverless cars: robotics, connectivity and cooperation - Thursday 21 March 2019, Bristol

When: Thursday 21 March 2019

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Hosted and sponsored by Burges Salmon LLP

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
: 6.00 – 7.15 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm, drinks and networking from 7.15 pm) 
: Burges Salmon, One Glass Wharf, Bristol BS2 0ZX - Directions

Lucy Pegler,
Senior Associate, Burges Salmon LLP

Professor Tony Pipe,
Deputy Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL)
Professor Robert J Piechocki, School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Maths, University of Bristol

The UK is leading in the development of self-driving vehicles. As home to a number of trials, the West of England is playing an important role in the development of new and emerging technologies to support the successful deployment of self-driving vehicles on UK roads.

This talk will be focused on the world-class research and development being done in the West of England. We’ll hear from two leading experts on how their work is shaping the future of self-driving vehicles including in the area of future connected infrastructure for automated vehicles.

Speakers' Details:
Professor Tony Pipe
is Deputy Director of Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL). He has 35 years of experience in advanced technology systems integration, gained from working in industry, academic or collaborations of both. His main foci are in ensuring robustness, safety and usefulness or robot devices engaged in safety-critical close-proximity Human-Robot interaction. Professor Pipe is deeply involved in a number of Innovate UK funded Connected and Autonomous Vehicle projects with a total value exceeding £30M: VENTURER, FLOURISH, MultiCAV, CAPRI, ROBOPILOT and CAV-Forth.

Professor Robert J Piechocki is a Professor in the School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Maths at the University of Bristol. He is also a Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute (UK national institute for data sciences and AI). His research expertise is in the areas of Connected Intelligent Systems, Self-Learning Networks, Information and Communication Theory, Statistics and AI. Rob’s engineering domain application areas are Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) and wireless sensing for eHealth. Rob has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences and holds 13 patents in these areas. He leads wireless connectivity and sensing research activities for the IRC SPHERE project (winner of 2016 World Technology Award). He collaborates on research grants totalling over £25M, and is a PI for several high-profile projects in networks, connectivity and sensing funded by the industry, EU, Innovate UK and EPSRC such as NG-CDI, OPERA, FLOURISH and VENTURER. He regularly advises industry and the Government on many aspects related to connected intelligent technologies and data sciences.

Administration notes:
Attendance at this meeting is free of charge and is open to SCL and non-SCL members alike.

Bookings: If you wish to attend this meeting please email to reserve your place. Please note that you cannot book online. 

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