Robots at the Festival

Students showing robotics

The University has been involved in the Edinburgh international Science Festival for many years as a Funding Partner. In 2017, we are delighted to be taking part in multiple events around the city to celebrate the HWU Year of Robotics.

Robot Lab

Saturday 1 - Monday 3 April, National Museum of Scotland

Come and interact with robots from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. From an assembly line robot that wants to learn how to work with you, to cute football-playing robots, learn about the many ways in which robots are trying to understand and imitate human beings.

With the MuMMER team (MACS)

VR Worlds: Meet the Experts

Friday 7 April  - Dynamic Earth

Come and meet experts from Heriot-Watt University, Energy Skills Partnership and ORE Catapult who are working to develop a hybrid reality world that mixes up real and virtual reality worlds. You'll also get the chance to experience what its like to conduct an inspection on the top of a wind turbine, all from the comfort of your head mounted display!

Your Robot Roommate

Saturday 8 April - National Museum of Scotland

Robot companionship could offer many solutions for improving the way we live our lives, work and take care of  others. Join Prof Kerstin Dautenhahn from the Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire and intelligent home assistant expert Ondrej Dusek from Heriot-Watt University to find out what advances in robotics will mean for a possible future where robots and humans live happily together.

Play On - Sign Language & Robotics

Sunday 9 - Tuesday 11 April - National Museum of Scotland

Join Boris Mocialov and his team (MACS) at a brand new interactive exhibition that lets you get hands-on with the amazing ways technology influences our leisure time, showcase the science behind why we play and the amazing new developments in how we do it.

Intelligent Transport: Connecting Our World

Wednesday 12 April - Summerhall

From driverless pods to bespoke individual travel planning, how can we combine technology and data for better and more intelligent transport systems? Join Prof John Nelson and Dr Caitlin Cottrill from the University of Aberdeen, with Dr Phil Greening from Heriot-Watt University (EGIS) and Dr Ron Oren from Transport Systems Catapult, to explore initiatives aimed at promoting the travel experience. This event is presented under the University Partnership Programme.