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Heriot-Watt University Dubai has welcomed Professor David Lane to the annual Vice-Chancellor distinguished Lecture. 

In an hour-long talk, Professor Lane FREng FRSE CBE, Founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, discussed some of the exciting advances underway in research and innovation globally at the University, as well as recent successes in commercialisation and international challenge competitions.

Professor Lane is an award-winning academic who has led development of the UK’s national robotics innovation strategy and a leader in international research. 

Afterwards, Professor Ammar Kaka Provost and Vice-Principal at Heriot-Watt’s Dubai Campus, said: “As a university, we are constantly looking for new and engaging ways to give our students access to experts in industry to complement our classroom teaching. The Distinguished Lecture series is just one way we do this. 

“I’m delighted so many attended this event and received a valuable insight from one of the leaders in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics.”

A number of high profile individuals attended the lecture including the British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Philip Parham. 

The prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectures brings global leaders of industry, business and academia to share their knowledge and vision with students, colleagues and guests.  The lectures cover globally important topics, from manufacturing and energy sustainability to the future of the internet, and are designed to provoke discussion and debate.