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11 January 2021

Humans and Robots, Human-Like AI, Ethical and Explainable AI, Human-centred Technologies and Society… just a few of the futuristic themes on the menu at this year’s first annual conference event for the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS). Here, its Director, Professor Rossi Setchi, outlines the exciting programme ahead.

“The Future Leaders Academy 2021 is part showcase, part networking and part discussion – but as a collective whole, it’s all about building collaborative relationships between academia and industry.

Our conference kicks off on Monday 18 January and runs until Tuesday 26 February 2021, delivering a six-week programme of exciting events.

We will be bringing together academics and students from Cardiff University’s Schools of Engineering, Psychology, and Computer Science and Informatics, with collaborators from industry, higher education, public and third sector.

We’ll be providing ample opportunity for networking, delivering leadership workshops and training, discussion forums, and virtual tours of the Centre’s facilities.

The conference gives us the opportunity to highlighting the transformational research, strong industrial and public sector engagement, and delivery of sustainable, impactful solutions that we are recognised for.

We’re aiming to stimulate lively discussions from leading academics in their field on current research in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems, and we’ll hear about the research being undertaken at the Centre.

The conference provides opportunities for our PhD cohort and our researchers to develop their leadership skills to support them becoming Future Leaders.

Through our discussion forums, hosted by the Centre’s Working Groups, and virtual lab tours, we will be able to demonstrate the expertise and facilities available to facilitate collaborative research, development and innovation projects.

Those involved include the Human-Like AI Working Group, Ethical and Explainable AI Working Group, Human-centred Technologies and Society Working Group, and Humans and Robots Working Group (Centre for AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems).

We have confirmed speakers from Costain, Jaguar Land Rover, Intellectual Property Office (IPO), GE Aviation and UKRI EPSRC, as well as international speakers who are leaders in their academic fields.

Take a look at our list of events below. If you’re from a related industry or academic discipline, and want to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Please register to attend our events using the Eventbrite links below, or you can contact our team directly on at or via our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

We look forward to meeting virtually – and hopefully collaborating in future!

Professor Rossi Setchi







Future Leaders Academy 2021 Events

EPSRC Fellowships Workshop
Tuesday 19 January 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 GMT

IROHMS Simulation Lab Virtual Tour
Thursday 21 January 2021, 15:30 – 16:30 GMT

IROHMS Forum on Ethical and Explainable AI
Wednesday 27 January 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT

IROHMS Autonomous Systems and Robotics Lab Virtual Tour
Thursday 28 January 2021, 15:30 – 16:30 GMT

IROHMS Forum on Humans and Robots
Wednesday 3 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT

IROHMS PhD Colloquium*
Thursday 4 February 2021, 10:00 – 13:00 GMT

Silencing your Inner Critic Workshop*
Thursday 4 February 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

Leadership Training: Speaking with Confidence and Impact (Part 1)*
Tuesday 9 February 2021, 13:30 – 17:00 GMT

IROHMS Forum on Human-centred Technologies and Society
Wednesday 10 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT

IROHMS Human-Robot Interaction Lab Virtual Tour
Thursday 11 February 2021, 15:30 – 16:30 GMT

Leadership Training: Speaking with Confidence and Impact (Part 2)*
Tuesday 16 February 2021, 13:30 – 17:00 GMT

IROHMS Forum on Human-Like AI
Wednesday 17 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT

Leadership Training: Diversity and Diverse Thinking*
Tuesday 23 February 2021, 15:30 – 17:00 GMT

*Open to IROHMS members and PhD students only.