Showcasing, Collaborating, Enabling and Investing.


Doors open for delegates 

Registration and networking

Download the programme HERE.

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, ISCF Challenge Director (Robotics), 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.***This session features live imaging***

11.45 - 12.30

How to load the dice when approaching innovation

Key lessons for businesses seeking to grow through innovation. Led by Dave Swan, Tharsus CTO

12.30 - 13.00

Demystifying AI: Supporting employers to boost productivity

Exploring the power of AI to increase productivity of business processes. With Riham Satti, MeVitae and Tim Venison, Spotlight Data

13.00 - 13.30

Robotics boosting productivity in food manufacturing

Jake Norman, OAL's Head of Innovation will be sharing how food manufacturers have adopted robotic technologies to overcome some of the challenges faced by industry.

13.30 - 14.15

Robotics and AI for 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 Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (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

Steven and Duncan discuss how AI can be used to make sense of data to support business in exploiting market opportunities and refining service offerings. With Steven Leece, CEO, Citi Logik and Duncan Hart, CEO, Deep Miner.

15.30 - 16.15

Robotics for productivity

Speakers from three exciting robotics start-ups talk us through the potential of robotics to grow productivity in a wide range of industries. Featuring Andrei Danescu, BotsAndUsNia Dokova, Sutrue and Dominic Cusk, Ross Robotics.

Closing Address

Summary of the emerging themes of the day, key learning points and next steps. With David Bisset, Chair of RAI SIG Advisory Board.

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

Role models for collaborative innovation

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 and Xavier Poteau of Sellafield Ltd

13.30 – 14.15

How to commercialise your robotics innovation workshop

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

14.30 - 16.30

National Robotics Network End User Challenge Workshop

Examine key challenges faced by industrial end users from a variety of sectors, and identify collaboration opportunities to develop RAI solutions. Chaired by Kevin Blacktop, University of Birmingham and NRN Chair. 

With guests:

  • Darren Potter, National Nuclear Laboratory
  • James Kell, Rolls-Royce
  • Kara Cartwright, Severn Trent
  • Kerry Whiteside, Bradgate-Bakery
  • Jo Binstead, Siemens Mobility
  • Dan Jones, UK Space Agency
  • Rob Anderson, Network Rail
STREAM C - Enabling (Medium room upstairs)
10.45 - 11.30

Support for RAI development and deployment

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. Plus Jeremy Hadall from MTC Coventry and KTN's Nicole Ballatyne.

11.45 - 12.30

AI for Industrial Inspection

An overview of the collaborative projects in industrial inspection that use AI and robotics within the aerospace sector. With Kiran Krishnamurthy, Artificial Intelligence Domain Expert at CFMS, Dale King, CTO, Airbus and Bilal Nasser, Computer Vision Specialist, Rolls-Royce Plc.

13.30 - 14.15

Robotics for a safer world challenge

Session hosted by Rebecca Allison, Asset Integrity Solution Centre Manager, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC). Robotics for a safer world challenge area is tasked with developing advances in robotics and artificial intelligence systems to support a safer way of working for people in the Energy industry. Hear from end users on how they aim to take people out of extreme environments and make unmanned operations the standard approach. With guests, Gareth McIntyre, GDI Global, Stuart Bamford, QL Tech, Kieran Hope, Air Control Entech.

14.30 - 16.15

How to build a stronger UK skills pipeline for RAI

A crucial factor in the successful adoption of new technology is the ability to operate and maintain it. As more businesses seek to exploit robotics and AI, how can they ensure that their workforce is equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills?

This session will explore skills programmes relevant to robotics and AI, from the perspectives of both the delivering organisations and businesses who have successfully used them for skills development.

Mark Aberdein, Relationship Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships
Mark Matchett, Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTN, supported by presentations from Linden Foods and other companies
David Thomas, Training and Development Manager, Siemens

STREAM D - Investing (Small room upstairs)
10.45 - 12.30

Pitchfest Investor Showcase (closed session)

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.

13.30 - 14.15

Insight from public and private funders

Avoid the pitfalls in fundraising by hearing from seasoned investors and make funders and learn what makes them say 'yes'! Chaired by KTN's Ian Tracey with guests: 

Zoe Webster, Innovate UK
Andrew Tyrer, Innovate UK
Daniel Carew, Investment Manager, Seraphim Capital
Zoe Chambers, VC Investor, Octopus Ventures

15.30 - 16.15

A2FF workshop

How do you raise innovation funding for technology development? 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? With Charlotte Thompson, Access to Funding and Finance Manager Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN.