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Academic Forum for Robotics

The Academic Forum in Robotics (AFfR) is a joint initiative between UK academic researchers in robotics and the British Automation and Robot Association.

The forum complements the general mission of BARA: Creation and maintenance of a forum for stakeholders in UK Robotics, as it originates from within the society of academic stakeholders.

The specific mission of the AFfR is to be the academic point of contact for initiatives aiming to bring together the academic and commercial robotics communities.

Our goal is to raise the profile of UK robotics as a leading authority/world leader in robotics and as both a competitor and collaborator on the international stage.
The UK will benefit through:

  • transition of R&D to innovation and automation
  • commercialisation of academic innovations,
  • acceleration of commercial robotics R&D
  • facilitation of cutting-edge research (2 way process)

Currently, the main annual event organised by the AFfR is the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems conference (TAROS www.taros.org.uk) and the adjacent Industry-Academia day.


Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS)

FIRA RoboWorld and TAROS Congress (Download pdf)
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RJ
20-22 August 2012

Now in its 13th year, the TAROS Conference is the UK's platform for robotics, with the latest results and methods in autonomous robotics research and applications being shared through presentations and discussion.

TAROS Industry Day (Download pdf)
Bristol Robotics Laboratory UWE, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
23 August 2012

The TAROS Industry Day is a chance for those working within the robotics industry to showcase their technology and network with potential clients and partners. Attendees are also invited to talks tailored to provide advice to those wishing to have their research or technology recognised in the robotics market.


Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA)

FIRA RoboWorld Cup(Download pdf)
At-Bristol - Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5DB
20-25 August 2012

Founded in June 1997, FIRA was set up with the aim of taking the spirit of science and technology of robotics to the public and the younger generation, through the game of robot soccer. Since its establishment, FIRA has had venues for its FIRA Cup and Congress in Australia, Brazil, China, France and Korea and this year it will be hosted by the city of Bristol in the UK.

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