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Professor Nick Hawes

Professor Nick Hawes

Nick Hawes is an Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Robotics) and a Tutorial Fellow in Engineering Science at Pembroke College, Oxford. He joined the Oxford Robotics Institute in September 2017. Previously he was a Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, where he also completed a BSc and PhD in Artificial Intelligence. For more information see: http://nickhaw.es

Nick leads the The Goal-Oriented Long-Lived Systems (GOALS) Lab that performs research around the problems of behaviour generation for autonomous systems. In particular, they focus on long-term autonomy and task and mission planning for mobile robots which must operate for extended periods (days, weeks or months) in dynamic, uncertain environments. To create long-term autonomous behaviour they explore the application of artificial intelligence techniques to robots, particularly planning under uncertainty and machine learning, such that the longer robots act in an environment, the better they perform.

Professor Ingmar Posner

Professor Ingmar Posner

Ingmar Posner leads the Applied Artificial Intelligence Lab (A2I) at Oxford University. His goal is to enable robots to robustly and effectively operate in complex, real-world environments. His research is guided by a vision to create machines which constantly improve through experience. In doing so Ingmar’s work explores a number of intellectual challenges at the heart of robot learning, such as unsupervised scene interpretation and action inference, machine introspection in perception and decision making, data efficient learning from demonstration, transfer learning and the learning of complex tasks via a curriculum of less complex ones. All the while Ingmar’s research remains grounded in real-world robotics applications such as manipulation, autonomous driving, logistics and space exploration. Ingmar is recipient of a number of best paper awards at leading international venues in robotics research and AI. He is a founding Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute, which has forged an international reputation for excellence in robotics research. In 2014 Ingmar co-founded Oxbotica, a leading provider of mobile autonomy software solutions.

Professor Niki Trigoni

Professor Niki Trigoni

Niki Trigoni is a Professor at the Oxford University Department of Computer Science and a fellow of Kellogg College. She obtained her DPhil at the University of Cambridge (2001), became a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University (2002-2004), and a Lecturer at Birkbeck College (2004-2007). At Oxford, she leads the Cyber Physical Systems Group, which is focusing on intelligent and autonomous sensor systems with applications in positioning, healthcare, environmental monitoring and smart cities. The group’s research ranges from novel sensor modalities and low level signal processing to high level inference and learning. 

Niki has 15 years’ experience in cyber physical systems and has won several awards for her group’s work on indoor and underground positioning (IPSN 2014, EWSN 2014, EWSN 2013, SENSYS 2010). 

Niki is Co-founder and CTO of Navenio focusing on leading the digital transformation when it comes to better understanding the buildings we live, work, and operate in (see: https://navenio.com/1549-2/) Niki talks about the positive effects immediate actionable insight can provide in prioritising workload based on the principle of ‘right person, right time, right place’.

Professor Marina Jirotka

Professor Marina Jirotka

Marina Jirotka leads the Human-Centred Computing Lab in the Department of Computer Science, and established the Responsible Technology Institute. She is concerned with bringing a richer comprehension of socially organised work practices and interaction into the process of engineering technological systems. Her current work focusses on how new developments in machine learning and AI can be shaped to respect human agency, ensuring accountability of systems and the digital rights of individuals and communities.

She is at the forefront of recent work in Responsible Innovation in the UK and the European Union concentrating on:

  • the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of new forms of governance for RI - new methods for the dissemination of materials and innovative ways of engaging the public in debates on RI in ICT
  • unpacking the practices and concepts of innovation of digital systems in the context of professional organisations
  • investigating new, and enhancing existing methods for RI practice for digital system developers
  • creating a social charter for embedding novel platforms into Smart Societies to provide enhanced agency for people and communities
Sarolta Mohaine Palfi

Sarolta Mohaine Palfi

Sarolta is an Industrial Research Partnerships Manager in the Oxford Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division. She is forging research collaborations across the ICT and Creative Industries sectors, working with the 10 departments of the MPLS Division, especially with the Departments of Computer Science, Engineering Science, Statistics and the Mathematical Institute. Her focus is on strategic partnerships to channel Oxford research strengths in Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies, Cyber Security and Cyber Physical Systems.

Sarolta is an economist, specialised in Management Information Systems and Expert Systems and gained academic-industrial collaboration experience with IBM, SAP, SAS Institute and HP. She founded and managed a consultancy company in Hungary and supported the planning, management and reporting of over 50 grant projects of the European Commission and funding bodies of Norway and Switzerland.  

Leading the engagement with Amazon Web Services, Sarolta has planned the human-machine collaboration research projects and test bed portfolio with 39 academics, and fosters the multidisciplinary collaboration with the AWS business units and experts in the themes of sciencetech, high-tech, spacetech, createch, edtech and sustaintech.