Seminar: Long-Term Autonomy in Everyday Environments: A Challenge for AI and Robotics, Dr Nick Hawes, University of Oxford

  • Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018
  • Location: Chemical and Process Engineering LT B (1.06)
  • Time: 12.00-13.00

Abstract: The performance of autonomous robots, i.e. robots that can make their own decisions and choose their own actions, is becoming increasingly impressive, but most of them are still constrained to labs, or controlled environments. In addition to this, these robots are typically only able to do intelligent things for a short period of time, before either crashing (physically or digitally) or running out of things to do. In order to go beyond these limitations, and to deliver the kind of autonomous service robots required by society, we must conquer the challenge of combining artificial intelligence and robotics to develop systems capable of long-term autonomy in everyday environments. This talk will present recent progress in this direction, focussing on the mobile robots for security and care domains developed by the EU-funded STRANDS project ( which completed over an year of autonomy in real service environments.