Creating Robots that Care
15:00 to 20:00

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:

Glasgow – An Afternoon and Evening of Social Robotics at Glasgow University


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.


Afternoon demos

3.00pm – Social Robotics Demonstrations, Discussions and Refreshments – The Atrium, Wolfson Building
Evening event
5.30pm – Karen Spärck Jones lecture – Room 208, Sir Alexander Stone Building
5.30pm – Networking drinks, welcome and lecture introduction
6.00pm – Creating Robots that Care Lecture
7.30pm – Networking drinks

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Location: University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ.
Campus map: http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_1887_en.pdf
Cost: Free; refreshments provided
Book your place at the evening Lecture event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/karen-sparck-jones-lecture-2017-creating-robots-that-care-tickets-33926218232

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

About BCSWomen
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