To honour the pioneering work of Karen Spärck Jones, the BCS holds a distinguished lecture in her name each year, celebrating a prominent female computing researcher. This is aimed at a wide general audience: we welcome all ages and levels of computing experience. This year’s lecture concerns socially-assistive robotics, and will be presented by Professor Maja Matarić of the University of Southern California. Socially assistive robotics (SAR) is a new field of intelligent robotics that focuses on developing machines capable of assisting users through social rather than physical interaction.
The lecture will be streamed live at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh on Thursday 25th May. See below for details and to book your place:
Edinburgh – An evening of social robotics at the University of Edinburg
BCS Women, the Athena Swan Committee and SICSA would like to invite you to an afternoon of social robotics demonstrations followed by the annual Karen Spärck Jones showcase lecture. Please note the difference in locations.
5.30pm – Networking drinks
5.50pm – Welcome from the University of Edinburgh
6.00pm – Creating Robots that Care Lecture
7.30pm – Networking drinks
8.00pm – Close
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Location: Informatics, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, EH8 9AB
Campus map: http://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/about/location
Cost: Free; refreshments provided
Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/karen-sparck-jones-lecture-2017-creating-robots-that-care-edinburgh-screening-tickets-33956945137
The event is for everyone. You do not need to be associated with the University of Glasgow or the University of Edinburgh, nor need be a member of BCSWomen; both men and women will be made very welcome.
About Dr Maja Matarić
Dr Matarić is the Professor and Chan Soon-Shiong Chair of Computer science, Neuroscience & Pediatrics; Founding Director at the USC’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center; and Director of the USC’s Robotics Research Lab.
Follow this link for more information about Karen Spärck Jones honorary lectures and to sign up for the live London event – http://academy.bcs.org/ksj
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