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Imperial robotics experts launch London Tech Week

15 June 2015

Robotics experts from Imperial College demonstrated some of the world's most advanced aerial robots to help launch London Tech Week (June 15-21).

Dr Mirko Kovac at the launch

Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial, showcased the College’s ultra-light bio-inspired drones at a launch event for the London Technology Week.

The event, held on Monday 15 June at London’s Shard building, saw technologists, entrepreneurs and investors gather to celebrate the capital's technology sector. Guests heard from a number of tech experts and saw demonstrations of Imperial’s drones.

“Drones get a bad press but they can improve our lives and be of immense benefit to society," says Dr Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial. "That’s why I talk about 'drones for humanity'. Aerial robots can help us to monitor pollution, protect wildlife and assist in search and rescue operations. At Imperial we are working on autonomous construction and repair with swarms of aerial robots for future cities.”

Dr Kovac and part of his team of PhD researchers, Alejandro Ortega Ancel, Adam Braithwaite, Talib Alhinai and Robert Siddall, explained how their drones take inspiration from animals to operate effectively in urban areas and natural terrain where current robots are not able to operate.

London Technology Week is a week of face-to-face events celebrating London’s global position as a centre for technological innovation, business success, entrepreneurship and creative talent.

The week will see over 200 events taking place, bringing together tens of thousands of participants covering a huge variety of topics, including gaming, big data, education, music, sport, finance and science.

More information on the work of Dr Kovac's team can be found on the Aerial Robotics Lab website.


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