A Warwick Engineering Society Event


  • 9th November

    The Oculus

    1pm - 8pm

  • Robots are no longer exclusive to manufacturing — they’re expanding skills, moving up the corporate ladder, showing advanced productivity and increasingly outperforming their human counterparts. They are playing an ever increasing role in our lives, from autonomous vehicles to cutting edge surgery. Where will this trend take us and where will it end - is this the rise of the machines?

    Join us on 9th November when we discover more about our rapidly changing world, with 6 diverse speakers exploring topics ranging from medical robots to Star Wars. Your ticket will also include a choice of breakout sessions, an Exhibition with networking opportunities, Tea, Coffee and Cake, Dinner and a Drinks Reception.

What's Included

Our Speakers

  • Julian Dixon-Smith

    Julian Dixon-Smith
    Robotics Application Engineer
    KUKA Robotics

    As a pioneer in robotics and automation technology, KUKA Robotics is one of the leading manufacturers of robotic systems worldwide. KUKA offers a unique and wide range of industrial robots and robot systems; perfectly tailored to its customers’ applications and industries – or can develop robotic systems for individual needs. KUKA develops many collaborative robots and is a leader in Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC) globally, strengthening the link between robots and people.

  • Emma Rushforth

    Dr Emma Rushforth
    Warwick Mobile Robotics

    Dr Emma Rushforth liaises with industry as a council member for the British Automation and Robotics Association. She is the Director of Warwick Mobile Robotics; where through research and student projects, attempts are made to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with autonomous mobile vehicles and applies this to real world applications, to potentially save lives.' 

  • Matt Denton

    Matt Denton
    Micromagic Systems

    Matt founded Micromagic Systems to supply animatronic, robotic and puppet control systems and services to the film and television industry. It has developed a variety of products from servo reversers through to complete performance systems which have played pivotal roles in award-winning productions ranging from feature films (the Harry Potter Series) to music videos (Massive Attack) to commercials (Lloyds TSB).

  • Kevin Dand

    Kevin Dand
    Senior Vice President & GM - Advanced Therapies
    Siemens Healthcare

    Kevin works for Siemens Healthineers and is responsible for the Advanced Therapies (AT) business which includes Interventional Cardiology, Radiology, Surgery and Radiation Oncology.  They have experience of robotics in the area of medical imaging and hybrid surgery, in particular with technology supporting advanced hybrid procedures in the theatre with our Arts Zeego System (based on a Kuka robot).

  • Nick Singer

    Nick Singer
    Shadow Robotics

    Shadow designs and manufactures state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands & related systems. With the Shadow Dexterous Hand, they have taken a truly anthropomorphic approach to robot manipulation. With 20 actuated degrees of freedom, absolute position and force sensors, and ultra-sensitive touch sensors on the fingertips, the hand provides unique capabilities for problems that require the closest approximation of the human hand currently possible.

  • Robert Harrison

    Prof. Robert Harrison
    Head of Automation Systems
    WMG, University of Warwick

    Professor Harrison joined WMG from Loughborough University where he was Professor of Automation Systems with a research and teaching focus in the areas of systems engineering and industrial automation. Professor Harrison was the founder member of the Manufacturing Systems Integration Research Institute at Loughborough and headed the Automation Systems Group, a team of around 15 researchers undertaking internationally leading research into a new generation of control systems and associated lifecycle support tools for manufacturing automation.

  • Cyber

    Warwick Cyber Security
    Global Research Priority
    University of Warwick

    Description coming soon

  • Ingmar Posner

    Prof. Ingmar Posner

    Prof. Ingmar Posner is an Associate Professor in Information Engineering. He leads the perception and planning work within the Mobile Robotics Group. His expertise lies in the design and implementation of machine learning methods that enable an autonomous agent to interpret complex, dynamic environments in a way which permits robust decision-making, planning and exploration online and in real-time. Posner has served twice as area chair of Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), the premier international robotics conference, as Associate Editor for the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems(IROS). 

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    Student-led Society
    University of Warwick

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Exec Conference Team



Time Event
12.45 - 13:00 Doors Open
13:00 - 13:30 Welcome
13.30 - 14.10 Kevin Dand (Siemens)
"Medical imaging and robotics in the hybrid theatre environment"
14.10 - 14.50 Nick Singer (Shadow Robotics)
"The Shadow Hand for Manipulation"
14.50 - 15.15 Coffee and Tea
15.15 - 15.55 Prof. Robert Harrison
"Cyber-Physical Automation Systems for the Smart Factory"
15.55 - 16.35 Julian Dixon-Smith (KUKA Robotics)
"Strengthening the link between robots and people""
16.35 - 17.15 Ingmar Posner (Oxbotica)
"Moving towards a driverless future"
17.15 - 18.05 Warwick Tech Breakout Session (Group 1)
Buffet Dinner (Group 2)
18.05 - 18.55 Cyber Security Panel Discussion (Group 2)
Buffet Dinner (Group 1)
18.55 - 19.35 Matt Denton (Micromagic Systems)
"The Robots behind Star Wars"
19.35 - 20.00 Drinks Reception

Who is it for?

  • University Students

    Learn how Science and Technology is being applied in real life and rapidly changing the world we live in. This event is a great chance to experience a large conference and network, and is for anyone interested in the ever-changing world of robotics.

  • Industry Professionals & Researchers

    Learn more about the current advances in the field of robotics, and meet with other professionals and students.

  • Sixth Forms Students

    Learn how Science and Technology is being applied in real life and rapidly changing the world we live in. We have a number of free places available for sixth-form students – please contact us to find out more.