School of Informatics

NASA robotics lectures

Dr Rob Ambrose, Principal Technologist for NASA’s Game Changing Development Program, will deliver two lectures in the Informatics Forum, 27 September 2016.

Dr Rob Ambrose, NASA

He will give a Distinguished Lecture, hosted by Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, in the morning and speak at iVTuesday – an Informatics Ventures business, enterprise and networking event – in the evening.

Dr Ambrose’s work involves using sensing, mobility, manipulation and human-machine interaction techniques to produce work systems able to solve problems by teaming humans with machines.  He is interested in how humans can use robots to explore space.

Distinguished Lecture

The title of the morning lecture will be Robotic caretakers: enabling the pre-deployment approach to human space exploration. (See abstract).

  • 11am-12.30pm, 27 September 2016
  • Room G07, Informatics Forum
  • Open to all students and staff


As well as the talk by Dr Ambrose and another chance to ask questions, the evening event offers networking opportunities and a drinks reception and buffet

  • 5.45pm for 6.30pm
  • Room G07, Informatics Forum
  • Open to industry partners, business representatives, students, staff, alumni and the general public
  • Registration essential (cancellation fee applies)

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

The Centre harnesses the potential of 30 world-leading investigators across the Schools of Informatics and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University. Research focuses on the interactions amongst robots, people, environments and autonomous systems, designed and integrated for different applications, scales and modalities.

Informatics Ventures

Closely linked with the School of Informatics’ Business Development Team, Informatics Ventures supports technology start-up and acceleration, through innovation programmes, events and entrepreneurship education.

Useful links

Dr Ambrose’s NASA web page

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Informatics Ventures

Distinguished Lecture series