The Robotics Zone was a themed zone funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Siobhan is a PhD student looking at how to design collaborative robots that help search for people after an earthquake, Ollie, the winner, maintains and operates robots that work underwater to find out things about the sea floor and Mateusz programmes control systems for gas plants and refineries. Katie is a Sales Engineer helping car companies build their cars with robots, Iulia is a PhD student working with humanoid robots and using them for things like healthcare and education and Dmitry is a PhD student studying how people could use and interact with domestic robots.
The zone was very popular, with the highest number of questions in the ASK section out of the three zones in March’s event. Questions were varied, engaged and imaginative and ranged from the broad to the informed. Students were excited by the topic and seemed to easily understand the subject and the different work involved.