Department of Informatics Taster Day 8 May 2012

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Department of Informatics Taster Day 8 May 2012
School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Department of Informatics
Department of Informatics Taster Day
8 May 2012
Coffee and Registration
Dr Agi Kurucz: Welcome & Introduction to the Department of
K2.31, Second Floor of
Helge Wuerdemann: Robotics
An overview of current robotic devices ranging from mobile the King’s Building
robots to manipulation devices, this talk will include a
demonstration of some smaller robots called Khepera.
K2.31, Second Floor of
Dr Liz Black: Agents and Intelligent Systems
Agents are intelligent (typically software) entities that interact the King’s Building
or work together to achieve goals that are hard (or sometimes
impossible) for them to achieve on their own. This talk will give
an introduction to agent systems. We'll consider why agents are
so important and what they allow us to do, looking at some
particular examples of agent applications.
Strand Campus Walking Tour
Buffet Lunch with academic staff
The River Room,
Second Floor of the
King’s Building
K2.31, Second Floor of
the King’s Building
Meet outside K2.31
The River Room,
Second Floor of the
King’s Building
K4.29 (Computer Lab),
Professor Derek Long: Mars Exploratory Rovers Mission
Deep space missions, such as the exceptionally successful Mars Fourth Floor of the
Exploratory Rovers mission that has been running since 2004 King’s Building
and the Mars Science Laboratory mission that is due to land on
Mars in August 2012, are extremely difficult to operate.
Communications from Earth to Mars take about 20 minutes
(each way) and are limited to short windows once or twice a
day. This means that the activities the robots are required to
undertake during the day must be carefully planned and
transmitted long before they are executed. This is the job of the
Tactical Activity Planners (TAPs).
In this demo you will see what the job of a TAP involves, try
planning the activities of a Mars rover and see how Artificial
Intelligence can contribute to achieving a lot more with deep
space missions.
School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Department of Informatics
K2.31, Second Floor of
Dr Richard Overill: Cyber War and Cyber Terrorism
How does warfare and terrorism in the cyber domain differ from the King’s Building
conventional warfare and terrorism?
We'll highlight some characteristics and consequences of the
asymmetric nature of conflicts in cyberspace.
K2.31, Second Floor of
Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara: Robo Sapiens
the King’s Building
The word “robot” came from the Czech language to mean
“forced labour” in the famous stage drama by Karel Capek
called Rosum’s Universal Robots in 1921. The original goal of
having robots in human society was to replace manual labour in
laborious, repetitive, and hazardous jobs with a new generation
of machines having the ability to sense, think, react, and learn
from experiences.
A group of scientists came up with a grand set of goals for
university research and education at the Dartmouth conference
on artificial intelligence in 1956. Since then, over a little more
than 50 years, the field of robotics has focused on various details
of the related technologies such as computer simulations,
hardware design, vision, speech recognition, walking, grasping,
machine learning etc.
Here, I will talk about some of the developments in these fields,
what we are researching on at King’s College London in
collaboration with other research centres in various countries,
and how robo sapiens may look like in the near future.
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