School of Informatics

Informatics Professor to give Prestigious Lecture at Hong Kong Science Festival

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics is to deliver the Alan Turing Centenary Lecture as part of the ‘Science Alive’ festival in Hong Kong.


Science Alive has been organised jointly by the British Council, the Education Bureau, Hong Kong Education City Limited and the Hong Kong Science Museum, and sponsored by the Croucher Foundation for the past 20 years.

As 2012 marks the centenary birth year of renowned code breaker and artificial intelligence guru Alan Turing, Professor Vijayakumar, who is a leading academic in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics, has been invited to discuss his work on ‘interactive, autonomous robotics’ by asking the question: ‘Robots: The Future of Man or “Man of the Future”?’.

The public lecture will profile some of the cutting edge research in robotics carried out at the School of Informatics which explores how artificial systems can be made as flexible, safe, reactive and adaptive as humans. Professor Vijayakumar will do this through interactive demonstrations and videos of the world’s most sophisticated anthropomorphic robots like the HONDA ASIMO, the iLIMB Hand, the KUKA robot arm and the Nao footballers.

The festival brings together prominent world academics and speakers from a variety of fields within science and engineering in order to engage and educate Hong Kong’s students, teachers and the public about all aspects of science.

I am honoured and very excited to be giving the Alan Turing Lecture at the Science Alive Festival in Hong Kong. Increasingly, robotics is having a real and tangible impact on people’s lives but it is also a fun and interesting way of engaging people, particularly young minds, with science

Professor VijayakumarProfessor of Robotics & Microsoft-RAEng Senior Research Fellow

Professor Vijayakumar will give his talk; Robots: The Future of Man or “Man of the Future” on 16th November 2012, 2.15 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. / 4.00 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. at the Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum.

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