Posted on 11 March 2013
Professor Jon Timmis, from York’s Departments of Computer Science and Electronics, will lead a joint session exploring the scientific and engineering challenges of creating robotic systems that can operate for extended periods of time without human intervention.
Frontiers of Science is a series of international meetings for outstanding early career scientists organised by the Royal Society in partnership with national academies and scientific organisations around the world.
Participants are encouraged to present and discuss the most pressing or stimulating research questions at the frontiers of their field, and to identify new and emerging scientific challenges on the horizon of current knowledge.
I am very honoured to be leading this Royal Society session, which aligns well with my own research and the challenges we are facing at York
Professor Jon Timmis
The Royal Society Frontiers of Science 2013 meeting, in partnership with the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tartarstan, will take place in Kazan, Republic of Tartarstan, Russia from 12 to 14 March.
Professor Timmis, a Senior Research Fellow of the Royal Society, will lead the Information Technology session “Long term autonomous systems: from individuals to swarms” with Dr Airat Khasianov from Kazan Federal University in Russia.
Professor Timmis said: “We will examine issues as diverse as local communication inspired by ants, robotic planning, power management, and how to control thousands of robots and ensure they perform tasks that humans want them to do."
“Swarm robotics is a field of significant importance at the moment, for example in areas such as environmental monitoring, and search and rescue, where we wish to deploy large numbers of robots for long periods of time. We want them to work well and effectively, without constant human interaction.
“The Information Technology session will involve leading scientists from numerous scientific disciplines from around the world discussing this issue. I am very honoured to be leading this Royal Society session, which aligns well with my own research and the challenges we are facing at York.”
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