Last week, Cyberselves flew out to Doha to take part in QITCOM 2019, Qatar’s largest information and communications showcase. We were hosted by the British Embassy, in cooperation with the Department of International Trade, and took centre stage at the Embassy pavilion on the QITCOM exhibition floor.
Our robots attracted the attention of His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniand, the Emir of Qatar, and Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, as they explored the international offerings on the floor at the Qatar National Convention Centre. Cyberselves team member and Sheffield Robotics Director Professor Tony Prescott met and spoke to the dignitaries as they visited the Embassy stand.
You can read an article from local news source The Peninsula here.
That evening, the Embassy hosted a reception for the British QITCOM attendees on the rooftop bar of our hotel, affording us some stunning views of the city. We are especially grateful to Peter Chamberlain, the Deputy Ambassador, for his warm welcome, and for Kate Goddard for her tremendous assistance while we were in Qatar.
The rest of the week saw the Cyberselves team continuing to represent Britain at the Embassy pavilion at QITCOM, but we also had the opportunity to get out and meet some more people in and around Doha.
On Thursday we had a really stimulating meeting with researchers and academics at the Qatar Computing Research Institute of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). We learned about their work in robots, AI, speech processing, and ethics, and we shared with them some of the research we have been conducting at Sheffield Robotics and the University of Sheffield. Tony Prescott also gave a longer presentation to a wider audience at HBKU, which included the story of Sheffield and our research strength in robotics.
Naturally, we brought the robots, and offered the audience demonstrations of Consequential Robotics’ MiRo robot, and of our unique telepresence software.
Finally, to end the week, we joined withla the British Council to deliver workshops in coding to Qatari students, with help and support from some wonderful and talented people from QCRI. This was a real treat, as both teachers and students loved, first, getting to know their way around the MiRoCode simulator, then getting their hands on some actual MiRo robots. We brought some of the newest MiRo-E robots from Consequential Robotics with us, which are terrific for education and learning about programming and robotics.
(We hope to have more pictures from this event soon… watch this space.)
Here are some more pictures from our trip. Enjoy!