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Autonomous Systems

Southampton Regius Lecture 2015: Professor Nick Jennings Event

10:30 - 18:00
9 June 2015
The Royal Academy of Engineering 3 Carlton House Terrace London SW1I 5DG

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Event details

A celebration of our engineering excellence at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, marking the inaugural lecture of Nick Jennings, Regius Professor, and showcasing our globally recognised achievements in Autonomous Systems and artificial intelligence. Please note, this event is by registration only. Registration closes on 15 May 2015

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The prestigious title of Regius Chair was awarded to the University by HM The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee: it is the only one to be awarded in computer science and as such awards are given to reflect the exceptionally high quality of teaching and research at an institution, this is a great privilege for the University.


11.00 – 13.00 Morning keynote session

Welcome by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Director, Web Science Institute

11.00 – 11.30 Dr Kedar Pandya, EPSRC

11.30 – 12.00 Professor Alex Rogers, University of Southampton

12.00 – 12.30 Professor Stephen Turnock, University of Southampton

12.30 – 13.00 Professor Paul Newman, University of Oxford

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Afternoon plenary session

Welcome by Professor William Powrie, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

14.00 – 14.20 Professor Jim Scanlan, University of Southampton

14.20 – 14.40 Professor Andy Doherty, Network Rail

14.40 – 15.00 Professor Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield

15.00 – 15.30 Refreshment break

15.30 – 16.15 Regius Inaugural Lecture – Professor Nick Jennings

Welcome by Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering and presentation by University of Southampton Vice Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam.

16.15 – 17.30 Panel -The future of autonomous systems – challenges, promises and impediments

Panel members:

  • Nick Jennings, Regius Professor, University of Southampton (panel chair)
  • Dave Cliff, Professor of Computer Science, University of Bristol.
  • Sir Mark Jeremy Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser.
  • David Lane, Professor of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.
  • Alan Winfield, Professor of Electronic Engineering, University of West England.
  • Andy Wright, Director of Strategic Technology, BAE Systems

17.30 – 18.45 Autonomous Systems Showcase and drinks reception

Professor Jennings will be joined by leading figures including Government Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Sir Mark Walport, to discuss the future of autonomous systems. The event will explore how our world-leading research in this field benefits society, and how it may continue to develop in the years ahead.

Speaker information

Nick Jennings,Regius Professor in Computer Science

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