Sheffield Robotics heads up international conference

Sheffield Robotics is running an international conference looking at the role of autonomous robots in the future.

DARS 2016, which is being held at the Natural History Museum until Wednesday (9 November), provides a forum for scientific advances in the theory and practice of distributed autonomous robotic systems.

Academics from across the world will gather to discuss novel research investigating how autonomous robots can solve complex real-world problems.

Dr Roderich Gross from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and Sheffield Robotics, who is chairing the conference, said: “Distributed robotics concerns the coordination of groups of robots in accomplishing tasks collaboratively. It is an interdisciplinary and rapidly growing area, combining research in computer science, network science, control theory, and electrical and mechanical engineering, among others. 

“Groups of autonomous robots are expected to play a major role in addressing future societal needs, for example, by improving environmental impact assessment, food supply, transportation, manufacturing, security, and emergency and rescue services.”

The event features 51 presentations, including four plenary talks from internationally renowned researchers in the field. It closes with an Awards Ceremony, giving prizes to outstanding contributions.

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