Department of Informatics Taster Day 8 May 2012
School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Department of Informatics Department of Informatics Taster Day 8 May 2012 Time Event Venue 10:00 Coffee and Registration 10:30 Dr Agi Kurucz: Welcome & Introduction to the Department of Informatics 11:00 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. 11:30 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. 12:00 Strand Campus Walking Tour 13:00 Buffet Lunch with academic staff 14:00 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 15:00 15:30 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.