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SoCS Research Seminar Series on 27/11/2015: Prof Nick Taylor (HWU)


The School of Computer Science is pleased to welcome Prof Nick Taylor (from Heriot-Watt University) for a research talk as part of the School’s research seminar series. Prof Taylor will be presenting current research from “The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics”.



Fri 27/11/2015, 10am


David Chiddick Building, Room BL1105 (1st Floor)


The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics harnesses the potential of 30 world leading investigators from 12 cross-disciplinary research groups and institutes across the Schools of Engineering & Physical Sciences and Mathematical & Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and the Schools of Informatics and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Our research focuses on the interactions amongst robots, people, environments and autonomous systems, designed and integrated for different applications, scales and modalities. We aim to apply fundamental theoretical methods to real-world problems on real robots solving pressing commercial and societal needs. The Centre offers a 4 year PhD programme through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems and hosts the Robotarium national UK robotics facility.


Nick Taylor is a Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University and a Deputy Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. He was Head of Computer Science from 2008-2014 and leads the Pervasive, Ubiquitous and Mobile Applications (PUMA) Lab which he formed in 2010. He has been involved in robotics and machine learning research for over three decades, most recently with a particular interest in the personalisation of autonomous systems for pervasive environments. Nick took his A-levels at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School and then studied at Cardiff, London and Nottingham before joining Heriot-Watt University and settling in Midlothian.

Presentations of the new FP7 project “STRANDS” at ERF and ICRA

Tom Duckett and Marc Hanheide of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems will be presenting the general aims and objectives of the new FP7 project “STRANDS: Spatio-Temporal Representations and Activities For Cognitive Control in Long-Term Scenarios” – and L-CAS’ role in its research work plan in particular – at ICRA 2013 and ERF 13 conferences, respectively. The project’s aim is

“… to enable a robot to achieve robust and intelligent behaviour in human environments through adaptation to, and the exploitation of, long-term experience.”

Our approach is based on understanding 3D space and how it changes over time, from milliseconds to months. Within L-CAS two post-doctoral research fellows and one PhD student will work towards this aim in the coming four years starting in April.