National Science Week Public Lecture: Intelligent Drones, Droids and Robots: The Artificial Intelligence Challenge


Drones, droids and robots have captured our imagination, both in film and in real life. It’s interesting to see the kinds of capabilities that remain the realm of science fiction and those that have become science fact.

As part of National Science Week 2016, the Intelligent Robots Group at Curtin University would like to invite you to attend a free public lecture on Intelligent Robotics.

In this lecture, Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group will discuss how recent advances in artificial intelligence have closed some gaps between robots in the movies and in real life, while others are likely to stay science fiction for a while longer.

The lecture will also cover the current work of the Intelligent Robots Group, including some initiatives that bring the research challenges of Intelligent Robots to high schools and the community.

Event Details:

Event: National Science Week Public Lecture: Intelligent Drones, Droids and Robots: The Artificial Intelligence Challenges
Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016
Time: 4.30pm for 5.00pm start – 6.00pm
(refreshments served from 4.30pm – 5.00pm)
Location: Tim Winton Lecture Theatre

Building 213:101

Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley

Parking: Parking is available in car park D3. Please enter via the Kent Street entrance.
RSVP: Please register your attendance by Friday 12 August 2016.

About the speaker

Dr Raymond Sheh is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing at Curtin University. He specialises in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Cyber Security. He has been involved in robotics research since 2003.

Dr Sheh established the Intelligent Robots Group at the Department of Computing, with the aim of developing ways of allowing robots and other intelligent systems to learn about their environments and tasks in a way that not only allows them to perform those tasks better, but to also explain their actions and justify their decisions. This ability has significant implications for issues of safety and trust between humans and intelligent systems.

Dr Sheh’s current activities include robotics for hazardous environments, surgical robotics and the application of robotic sensing technologies to industrial automation. The former includes a significant education and research outreach component to other universities and high schools through Dr Sheh’s position on the Executive Committee of the International RoboCup Rescue Robot League competition.

Prior to joining Curtin in 2013, Dr Sheh was with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, developing standardised test methods for response robots, used in hazardous environments. He holds a PhD from The University of New South Wales and degrees in Electronic and Communications Engineering and Computer Science from Curtin University.

Further information

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