The Cyberselves Roadshow is our chance to bring new technologies to the public and, more importantly, to start important conversations about not only the impacts that these technologies will have but also what future direction they might take.
Building on our research and experience, the Roadshow aims to educate visitors in the possibilities offered by robotics, is a place where we can discuss the cultural and social impacts of robots, AI, VR, and teleoperation in an entertaining, engaging way.
We have also been fortunate to enjoy tremendous support from many partners over the years, including Nesta and the Human Brain Project, who have made it possible for us to take the Roadshow abroad, to places like Palermo, Amerstdam, Masstricht and Vienna.
In addition to our hands-on demonstrations, we can offer formal talks and informal chats about how our future will be shaped by new technologies. We will encourage both young and old to get involved and to take an interest in helping to shape this future, and encourage STEM learning for everyone.
If you would be interested in having the Cyberselves Roadshow visit you, please click here.
The Cyberselves Roadshow – in pictures
** New ** The Miro Maze
Our latest exciting demonstration, the Maze brings together a number of different ideas and elements we’ve been working on over the years.
For more information on the Miro Maze, please click here.
Audiences can have the opportunity to see the world through a robot’s eyes, and control it’s head and hand movements, using an VR headset and controller.
We have a large ‘capek’ (the collective noun for these biomimetic robots) of these robots, developed in cooperation with Consequential Robotics as a social robot to be used in care and education.
We have programmed Nao and Pepper robots to interact with audiences in a variety of ways; they are great for starting conversations about how robots and humans are different, what it means to be human, and what robots might be able to serve us in the future. Our Naos and Pepper have also done a lot of really interesting work over the years, including giving out an award live on stage at Sheffield DocFest, introducing a film at Sensoria Film Festival, made several appearances on British television, and even performed a dance at the Block Universe Festival. In the Cyberselves Roadshow, they will chat to visitors, and will always have some special words for each event.
Robot simulators and coding workshops
We have a number of laptops that we can use to deliver coding workshops to groups of budding computer scientists, or that can just allow people of all ages and abilities to muck in and have fun exploring how we program robots.
Sheffield Robotics has a number of academics that can give short talks, deliver longer lectures, and take part on panels on any number of topics, from the technical challenges faced by robotics and AI to the social impacts of new technologies, from the history of robots in our culture to ideas as to what our future world, filled with intelligent machines, might be like to live in. Let us know what you would like us to speak about and to what audience and we can accommodate. Even our robots like to get in on the action, stealing jobs from our human researchers and academics!
Sheffield Robotics is committed to bringing educational and inspirational activities and demonstrations involving robots, AI, VR, and other new technologies to the public.
A video made by the University of Sheffield about our Dancing with Robots exhibition for 2016’s Festival of the Mind, in collaboration with Instant Dissidence.