SPOUTING Shakespeare and acting out a scene from The Terminator, Artie the robot was the star of a science and technology fair in Oxford yesterday.
Visitors to Venturefest 2014 at the Said Business School also had a chance to try out three space rovers brought by Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Space which is developing software for the next generation of rovers on Mars.
Dr Nigel Crook, head of Oxford Brookes University’s department of computing and communication technologies, which uses ARTIE to study human interaction with robots, said: “ARTIE can do some clever things and is multi-lingual but he is not capable of complicated interactions, so we are still a long way off the robots you see in the I Robot film. But they can be used in other ways, such as to help teach children language skills in schools.”
Dr Nigel Crook
Parked near the entrance to the show was RobotCar, the UK’s first self-driving car which can steer to within 1cm of accuracy. Prof Paul Newman, who leads Oxford University’s mobile robotics team which developed it, said: “We are interested in technology that helps machines know where they are in the world without using satellites.
“One of the applications of that are self-drive cars, where humans won’t need to drive.”
The show, which brought together more than 1,100 entrepreneurs and investors, encourages inventors, scientists and engineers to network and matches them up with investors.
Artie is a life-size humanoid robot used by researchers at Oxford Brookes University to study how humans interact with robots.
Since Venturefest started in Oxford 15 years ago, the idea has been copied by other cities including York, Cardiff and Bristol.
Lynn Shepherd, of Oxford Instruments, who takes over as chairwoman of Venturefest in September, said: “This is all about bringing together people who want to start, grow and invest in business.”
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories
12:40pm Monday 5th October 2015
A FATHER accused of shaking his 11-week-old baby to death has been cleared of murder.
1:21pm Monday 5th October 2015
The brother of Oxford United striker James Roberts has died after being involved in a car accident on Saturday night.
12:03pm Monday 5th October 2015
THE A34 in South Hinksey is currently partially blocked due to a broken down tipper-truck.
11:50am Monday 5th October 2015
PARTS of Oxfordshire are due to be hit by heavy rain later today, according to the Met Office. A severe weather warning has been issued by the agency for the South East, which will be in place from 12pm until 10pm today. It has been forecast that some areas will see more than 15 mm of rain in an hour, with overall totals more than 40 mm in several hours. Small patches of localised flooding and disruptions to transport are also possible. A Met Office spokesman said: "A very complex area of low pressure will bring warm, moist air northwards into Britain. There is a developing signal for heavy rain to affect some southeastern parts of England later on Monday. "Some minor disruption due to flooding is likely, with an additional risk of some very isolated more substantial impacts."
8:30am Monday 5th October 2015
A FAMILY stole thousands of pounds of benefits from a man with severe learning disabilities while forcing him to do menial and manual labour for £5 a day, a court heard.
7:00am Monday 5th October 2015
GREY pavements will be transformed with striking street art as one woman hopes to chalk up yet another successful art event this weekend.