As part of a wider UK government announcement relating to new scientific collaborations between UK and Japan in the fields of robotics, AI and the ethical use of data, the Turing's AI programme is hosting two workshops to initiate and develop such collaborations, in Edinburgh and London.

The aims of these collaborations will include researcher exchange placements, developing joint proposals for academic low-Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) research as well as industry-driven high-TRL research. There will also be networking and knowledge exchange activities.

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The workshop on 17-18 September in Edinburgh will bring together leading researchers in AI and robotics from Japan and the UK. This first workshop will help identify collaboration topics and is a very important first step in helping the AI programme establish a firm basis for future joint activities. See the preliminary agenda at the bottom of the page.

Following the workshop in Edinburgh, there will be an industry workshop at the Turing's HQ in the British Library in London on 19 September. This will align the high-TRL research focus with industry interest. One of the main objectives of the industry-focused day is to engage the appropriate private sector partners in supporting joint projects. See the preliminary agenda at the bottom of the page.

The event will conclude with a networking session, press release and social event at the Japanese Embassy in London on the evening of the 19 September.

The proposed three key themes for the collaboration tie closely with the AI strategic challenge theme of Robotics that Turing has recently announced for addressing data driven challenges, arising from, and towards, deployment of robotics platforms across domains:

  • Scalable algorithms under constraints
  • Methods for efficient multi-agent computations
  • Verifiable, robust and explainable decision making for multimodal robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) assets


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