Ask the Expert – Dehyping Robotics and AI with Dr Sabine Hauert

The SMF’s Ask The Expert series, in association with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), brings academic research on public policy into the heart of Westminster.

In this seminar we were joined by Dr Sabine Hauert, assistant professor in robotics at the University of Bristol – and co-founder of the robotics platform Robohub.org.

Dr Hauert believes that robots and AI hold the potential to improve the way we work, live, and explore new frontiers, but their success will depend on our ability to ‘dehype’ the technology so that we can have a meaningful discussion about how the benefits will be shared by all.

You can watch a recording of the event here 

Dr Sabine Hauert
Assistant Professor in Robotics, University of Bristol

About the speaker
Sabine Hauert is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research focusses in designing swarms that work in large numbers (>1000), and at small scales (<1 cm). Profoundly cross-disciplinary, Sabine works between Engineering Mathematics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and Life Sciences. Before joining the University of Bristol, Sabine engineered swarms of nanoparticles for cancer treatment at MIT, and deployed swarms of flying robots at EPFL.

Sabine is also President and Co-founder of Robohub.org, a non-profit dedicated to connecting the robotics community to the world.

As an expert in science communication with 10 years of experience, Sabine is often invited to discuss the future of robotics and AI, including in the journals Science and Nature, at the European Parliament, and at the Royal Society. Her work has been featured in mainstream media including BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Economist, TEDx, WIRED, and New Scientist.

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