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“Both robotics and artificial intelligence are complex, and potentially transformative, emerging technologies in which the UK is playing a leading role.”

(House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - Robotics and artificial Intelligence report, September 2016)

At Heriot-Watt University we have a strong research base in the areas of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).

In 2017 we will celebrate our contributions to the development of robotics and AI with a calendar of events which will span schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers.

Professor Oliver Lemon, one of the academics behind the Year of Robotics, said:

"Pepper and other humanoid robots have learned to act in ways that we would deem socially appropriate, a significant step forward from where we were five to 10 years ago. Today's generation of young people are going to grow-up and work alongside autonomous, intelligent machines in such a way that social robots will become the norm. Demonstrating how this will come about is one of the key aims of the Year of Robotics."

Find out more about our planned events