Keynote Speakers

Professor Rustam Stolkin

University of Birmingham, UK

Professor Rustam Stolkin serves as the Chair in Robotics and Royal Society Industry Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham. He leads the Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL), Europe's most prominent university research lab dedicated to nuclear and other extreme environment applications of advanced robotics and AI and is the principle investigator on the EPSRC National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR).

Rustam is an interdisciplinary engineer with diverse research interests, although mainly focusses on robotics. His main interests include vision and sensing, robotic grasping and manipulation, robotic vehicles, human-robot interaction, AI and machine learning.

Dr Wim Vanderbauwhede

University of Glasgow, UK

Dr Wim Vanderbauwhede is a Reader in Systems at the School of Computing Science of the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on high-level programming, compilation and architectures for heterogeneous manycore systems and FPGAs, with a special interest in power-efficient computing and scientific High-Performance Computing. He is author of the book "High-Performance Computing Using FPGAs". He received a PhD in Electrotechnical Engineering with Specialisation in Physics from the University of Gent, Belgium in 1996.

Before returning to academic research, Dr Vanderbauwhede worked as an ASIC Design Engineer and Senior Technology R&D Engineer for Alcatel Microelectronics.