YRL is committed to the dissemination and outreach of robotics related research to schools and the general public. We have a series of talks and demonstrations that we can adapt for any school age group from 5 years to 18 years of age. We are also happy to give talks to the general public, and have performed some of those here at York, such as "Can a robot have an immune system" (see the lecture here), but we are happy to come to you.  It is also possible to arrange for smaller groups to come and visit us here in the lab to see the facilities, robots and view some of our on-going research.  Where possible we like to include a number of hands-on demonstrations using some of the different types of robots we research in the lab.

For example, we have given a series of talks for the Skeptics Society and featured this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a talk on "Reasons not to be scared of robots". You can read a review of Prof Jon Timmis' talk here.

Some of the recent outreach events that YRL has taken part in are listed below:

March 2013 York Rotary Club Schools Event, National Railway Museum
March 2013 Science and Engineering Week, Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary School
December 2013 Science Club at Huntingdon School
February 2014 Acomb Primary School
March 2014 York Robot Lab in Science and Engineering Week: Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary School
March 2014 Talk and demonstration at York College
May 2014 Pint of Science event at Fulford Arms
June 2014 Demonstrations as part of C2D2 exhibition at York Festival of Ideas 2014
July 2014 Series of school talks at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London 
September 2014 Talk for York Childrens University at University: "What does biology have to do with robots?"
February 2015 Talk for York Childrens University at Canon Lee School: "What does biology have to do with robots?"
February 2015 Talk at Radley College, Abingdon: "What does biology have to do with robots?"
March 2015 York Rotary Club Schools Event, National Railway Museum



Jon Timmis presenting at York College Audience participation at York College Bioloid Robots in action at York College

General enquiries

For general information about robotics research at York, please visit the new YorRobots web page.

For enquiries about school visits, outreach and similar, please see the relevant pages on the Department of Computer Science and Department of Electronic Engineering.

For enquires related to the laboratory please use the following contact details:

York Robotics Laboratory
Tel: 01904 32 5117