Dr Verena Rieser and Dr Katrin Lohan at the 'Native Scientist' event in 2016

Over the coming year we will take part in and host a number of events aimed at a variety of audiences including industry, members of the public and our own staff & students. If you would like to find out more about any of the events, or arrange a bespoke event, please get in touch.

Year of Robotics events list
Event Title Date Further Information
Girls in Computer Science Wednesday 22nd February

50 years ago Heriot-Watt University became the first in Scotland to offer a degree in Computer Science. To continue our celebrations we hosted 50 female school students for an afternoon of learning, fun and interaction with our robots.

Women in Robotics Wednesday 8th March As part of International Women's Day on the 8th March we showcased some of the work carried out by our female staff and students in the field of Robotics.
Guides & Brownies in a Robotic World Wednesday 15th March

Guides and Brownies from across Scotland visited Heriot-Watt to meet some of our robots and the scientists working to create the future.

This event took place as part of British Science Week and was supported by the British Science Association.

European Robotics Forum (ERF 2017) Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th March

This 3-day event attracted over 800 delegates comprising researchers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs, and public and private sector investors in robotics R&D.

The event was hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and attracted a variety of media attention.

Multilingual Debate Wednesday 22nd March

"This House believes that robots will soon be a positive and defining feature of our daily lives".

Heriot-Watt University's Multilingual Debate is an annual event showcasing the interpreting skills and developing professional skills of our students in the School of Social Sciences (SoSS). The teams deliver their views in their various native languages (French, German, Spanish, English, Arabic, Chinese, British Sign Language (BSL).

International Worshop on Robotics (IWR 2017) Thursday 30th to Friday 31st March

Speakers and delegates from around the world met in Brazil to discuss recent developments and applications in the field of robotics on energy, industry, environment, agriculture, health and social settings.

Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) Saturday 1st to Sunday 16th April

EISF invites you to 'Get Connected' to science, to one another and to the global community, as we attempt to secure the sustainable future we want to inhabit.

Join our staff and students for Robot Lab, Your Robot Roommate and Play On: Sign language & robotics

Pint of Science Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th May

The Pint of Science Festival brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you.

You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). Register for tickets by clicking the following links:

Let's be friends! Robots in everyday human environments

Face-to-face: Social human-robot interaction

Innovation Robotics Thursday 15th June

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is hosting a series of public lectures in 2017 with a programme based around Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Innovation Robotics will take place in June ahead of UK Robotics Week; welcoming keynote speakers from Heriot-Watt University and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics - Professor Ruth Aylett and Dr Thusha Rajendran.

Robotics & Interaction labs research talks Wednesday 21st June

Staff and Students are invited to come along and hear about the work of our PhD students in the areas of robotics, AI, human robot interaction and more!

Register your attendance via Eventbrite.

Robotics & Interaction labs Open Day Friday 30th June

Welcome to the world of Robotics at Heriot-Watt University! Our robots Pepper and Nikita will present demonstrations on social care and you will get a chance to see our ongoing work in the Heriot-Watt University's RoboticsLab and InteractionLab.

This event is open to the public and due to the nature of the tours, places are strictly limited. Don't miss out; register your attendance via Eventbrite.

CarFest North 28th to 30th July

The Year of Robotics team are delighted to have been invited to attend this year's CarFest North in Cheshire. We can't wait to demonstrate the fun side of our robotics work; with interactive demos and activities for all ages.

More details will be announced shortly.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas August

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, brought to you by the Beltane Public Engagement Network is debate, discussion and discourse in the company of some of the fiercest intellects that Scotland has to offer – all within a yurt!

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas first ran at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, and has got bigger and better every year!

CarFest South 25th to 27th August

The Year of Robotics team are delighted to have been invited to attend this year's CarFest South in Hampshire. We can't wait to demonstrate the fun side of our robotics work; with interactive demos and activities for all ages.

More details will be announced shortly.

Doors Open Day @ the Lyell Centre September Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland, every weekend in September. This year Heriot-Watt will open the doors of the Lyell Centre to those who would like to find out more about the interdisciplinary work we do their in relation to the area of robotics.
Meet the Robots @ Explorathon September

Explorathon is an annual event involving academics, school pupils and the public on one night across Europe to celebrate and showcase the best innovative and developmental research.

Further details to be announced.

ROBOTARIUM West Launch Event Thursday 12th October

ROBOTARIUM West will officially launch in October this year. The national facility will be available to researchers and companies across the UK.

Further details will be announced shortly.
Scottish Parliamentary Reception November

This dynamic, hands on and interactive event will give Heriot-Watt an opportunity to engage with MSPs from across Scotland, with the intention of increasing awareness and understanding of the potential for robotics in Scotland.

Robotastic - celebrating the Year of Robotics December Details of the closing celebrations for our Year of Robotics will be announced nearer the time.