FAIR-SPACE ROBOTICS SUMMIT
I am pleased to welcome speakers, panellists and delegates from around the world to the FAIR-SPACE Robotics Summit. We have staged this unique event as a meeting of minds around the significant potential to be gained from critical advances now being realised within Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
As a roboticist, I appreciate the great opportunities in examining the many challenges presented by global ambitions for space development. Our Agenda features cutting-edge research across multiple areas of development in soft robotics, haptics, intelligent grasping, wearables, sensing, machine learning and systems engineering, and the prototypes that have been developed to advance the effectiveness, reach and dexterity of machines within the harshest of environments. You will also hear of developments in the inference of a human operator’s intention to improve the performance of many complex tasks. Our core aim for today, however, is to look to the opportunities before us to make the most of these advances.
The Summit’s hybrid format has allowed an impressive international representation of government and industry influencers to participate in three panel sessions, which together with a survey of the Summit delegates and broader international engagement will inform our post-summit UK Space Robotics & Cross Sector Robotics Roadmaps Report to support policy and funding aims. An International Space Robotics Forum (ISRF) has also been proposed to coordinate and facilitate opportunities.
It is an exciting time for space development and for robotics as both continue to drive transformative opportunities for life on Earth. Robotics and AI hold great promise for a global space economy anticipated to generate £490 billion by 2030 servicing unprecedented demand for satellite-enabled services and research. Further, opportunities to apply our advances terrestrially, are already being tested within the nuclear, utilities and healthcare sectors; and there is so much more to explore.
Summit Chair Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani ||Co-Director || FAIR-SPACE Hub
16TH OF FEBRUARY // SALFORD
Prof. Samia Nefti-Meziani Co-director of FAIR-SPACE Hub (Chair)
Mike Curtis-Rouse Satellite Applications Catapult
Jeremy Hadall Satellite Applications Catapult
Daniel Jones UK Space Agency
Kevin Blacktop National Robotics Network
Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS FRENG FIET FInstP FAIR-SPACE
STAKEHOLDERS & PROFESSIONALS
within the robotics and the space sectors.
PLACES ARE LIMITED
A road map for development of space robotics
Cross- industry use cases and applications
Anticipating and developing the competences and skills