Showcasing, Collaborating, Enabling and Investing.


Doors open for delegates 

Registration, refreshments and networking

09.45 - 16.30

Exhibition and break out sessions take place throughout the day. See below for details. Lunch is available between 12.00 - 14.00.

STREAM A - Showcasing (Main Stage)
09.45 - 10.30

Opening Address

An overview of the current and future landscape of robotics and AI in the UK - Andrew Tyrer, Head of Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK, Zoë Webster, Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK and Geoff Pegman, Managing Director, RU Robots.

10.45 - 11.30

Live demonstration

Jag Minhas from Sensing Feeling will kick off the showcase with a demonstration of their computer vision and machine learning technology which can understand human emotion. ***Please be aware that live facial imaging - but not recording - will be taking place in this session***

11.45 - 12.30

Robotics Case Study: Tharsus

Details coming soon

13.30 - 14.15

Applying RAI technologies in regulated environments

Chaired by Phil Williams. Presented by Nick Tudor, Business Director, D-RisQ Ltd and David White, Chief Engineer, Callen-Lenz.

A major problem with BVLOS is confidence that the decision making system will always do what is required but will never do what is not required. How do we convince a regulator that this is the case and which standards would be necessary to use to make that argument?

14.30 - 15.15

AI for Productivity

With Steven Leece, CEO, Citi Logik and Duncan Hart, CEO, Deep Miner.

15.30 - 16.15

Robotics for Productivity

Details coming soon.

Closing Address

Summary of the emerging themes of the day, key learning points and next steps. 

STREAM B - Collaborating (Large room upstairs)
10.45 - 11.30

Bridging the risk gap between small and large companies

This session will share best practice on effective collaboration between small and large companies in order to accelerate innovation. We'll explore the lessons learned in the Thought Leadership Workshop on SME engagement to support delegates in achieving a higher success rate in deploying RAI. The white paper is now available to download here.

Chaired by David Bisset, Director of iTechnic Ltd and featuring:

Matt Neidhardt (representing an SME), Astech Projects

Neil Thompson (representing a large company), Atkins

11.45 - 12.30

Exemplars for successful collaboration

The AVEXIS is a low-cost, small, submersible robotic platform that was designed for the Sellafield Legacy Ponds. It is a tele-operated device that can pass through a 150mm access port to characterise hazardous environments. Commercial ROVs have been used to explore Sellafield ponds previously, however, many silos, caves or bays have restricted access, requiring a more compact vehicle. 

With Barry Lennox, RAIN Hub Director (University of Manchester), Chris Ballard, Sellafield Ltd

13.30 – 14.15

Industry end user challenges

Session hosted by Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC)

14.30 - 16.30

NRN End User Challenge Workshop

Chaired by Kevin Blacktop, University of Birmingham and National Robotics Network Chair. 

With guests:

  • Mark Braithwaite, Highways England
  • Darren Potter, National Nuclear Laboratory
  • James Kell, Rolls-Royce
  • Kara Cartwright, Severn Trent
  • Kerry Whiteside, Bradgate-Bakery
STREAM C - Enabling (Medium room upstairs)
10.45 - 11.30

Taking on the Robots!

This session invites delegates to learn about the various support mechanisms available to help businesses adopt RAI technologies. Guests include Steve Cleaver, Made Smarter Business Advisor who will provide details of a new grant scheme to support investment plans.

11.45 - 12.30

AI for Industrial Inspection

With Kiran Krishnamurthy, Artificial Intelligence Domain Expert.

13.30 - 14.15

Commercialising your innovation with Tharsus

Headline sponsor Tharsus will lead a session designed to help you understand the process of turning an early stage innovation into a commercial product.

14.30 - 16.15

How to secure skills for RAI

Part A: Are apprenticeships the best way to build the skill set you need in your business to exploit robotics and AI? What are these T Levels we keep hearing about and how will they help address the skills shortage? Understand the current education provisions applicable to Robotics & AI, and the role of industry in ensuring we equip the future workforce with the skills they need for these technologies.

Mark Aberdein, Relationship Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships

Part B: How does Innovate UK support businesses in acquiring the high-level capabilities required to adopt RAI technologies with confidence when such skills are still emerging from the research base? Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to transfer knowledge from world leading academics into businesses via high performing graduates and is being utilised widely in RAI to embed cutting edge knowledge and deliver the skills industry requires to exploit RAI tech.

Mark Matchett, Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTN, and presentations from Linden Foods and other companies

STREAM D - Investing (Small room upstairs)
10.30 - 13.00

Pitchfest Investor Showcase

The grand final of RAI SIG's Pitchfest - a pitching competition presenting a unique opportunity to raise the profile of early stage robotics and artificial intelligence businesses in front of a national audience of investors. 

Please note this is an invitation only session. If you are a business and would like to participate in the investor readiness programme, click here.

If you are an investor, please email Marie Emerson for more information.

PM (Time TBC)

How to secure funding   for your investment in RAI?

How do you raise capital to invest in RAI tech to help your business grow? KTN's Access to Funding and Finance team will provide a workshop to demystify the complex funding landscape. Which funding streams should you apply for and what does a compelling proposal look like?