Around 650 professionals from the fields of AI and robotics will descend on Cambridge from 23 to 26 March for Human Robot Interaction 2020, the latest edition of a leading international conference. It’s a fitting choice of location, given our city’s ever-growing contribution to these fields, and will take place across three days at venues including the Corn Exchange and The Guildhall. Professor Tony Belpaeme, professor of Robotics at Ghent and AI & Robotic Conference Plymouth universities and general chair of the conference’s organising committee, said that Cambridge won at the bid stage because of the city being the setting for key moments in science and its outstanding global brand, plus its transport links and appeal to international delegates. “Perhaps the most important factor of all is the opportunity for scientists working in this field to meet each other, to discuss future collaborations and research projects, The latest developments in the world of Cambridge business, innovation, start-ups and networking

and to talk to potential scientists to join their teams,” he explains. “This means that the benefits of the conference last long after the three-day meeting.” Talks and workshops on the programme include a keynote speech from Ayanna Howard entitled Are We Trusting AI Too Much? Examining Human-Robot Interactions in the Real World, plus in-depth explorations of themes such as AI and social norms, and robots and the performing arts.



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