Both a talk/lecture and also hands-on demos
17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
We will supply people who will bring, set-up and maintain the underwater swarm. They will also showcase the swarm in an exhibition, drop-in setting, and will talk to the visitors around the pool and answer questions. To do this, we need some kind of tank or inflatable pool. It would be best if this could be supplied locally by the Festival, and we can discuss details and practicalities. Also we can provide a general lecture/talk on the robot swarm by Thomas Schmickl of the Artificial Life Lab, University of Graz, Austria. http://zool33.uni-graz.at/artlife/schmickl Thomas can't be there before the 9th, but he is a great speaker, and he has a lot of multimedia that describe the robots and the research ideas behind the work. More about the research here: http://cocoro.uni-graz.at/drupal/home
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
Standard lecture with Audio Visuals capabilities for the talk. An inflatable pool or tank for the exhibition. To be discussed.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Swarms of collective robots can work in hostile, challenging environments that are inaccessible to humans. These robot vehicles can travel through underwater habitats, carrying out ecological monitoring and exploration tasks. Programmed using novel bio-inspired algorithms to mimic animal swarm behaviours found in collections of fish, insects and birds, these groups of robots interact with each other in an intelligent way. These hands-on demos and lecture will showcase the results of this cutting-edge European research in the area of Collective Cognitive Robots.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
From our experience at other events, people love robots! These ones are photogenic so they would be good for press photocalls. They are also intelligent, in that they work together without human intervention, and their behaviours are modelled on animal behaviours. This makes them fascinating to children and adults in an immediate way. In addition, the ideas behind the research raise some major questions: comparing technology to nature, casting new light on existing interpretations in the fields of biology, theology, meta-cognition, psychology, and philosophy.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The team at Edinburgh Napier University is part of the EU project: Awareness http://www.aware-project.eu/about/cocoro/?phpMyAdmin=3p1mnrq4rgaaq3ilq5t5aw4dktbu1666 We are very keen to work with the British Science Festival on this public engagement project, and we are happy to discuss how to make this happen.
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I am the event manager
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Edinburgh Napier University
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School of Computing
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10 Colinton Road
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0131 455 2750
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