Aberystwyth Robotics Week 2018

25-30th June, 2018

We are celebrating UK Robotics Week with a range of events and activities for all ages throughout the week.


For UK Robotics Week, we are planning a week-long programme of events that celebrate Aberystwyth University's research and outreach work in robotics.

All Week Robotics Exhibitions
Monday The Robot Olympics
Tuesday Robot Craft
Wednesday From Fiction to Reality: Film and Panel
Thursday Robot Craft
Friday An Evening of Space Robotics
Saturday Beach Lab

Robotics Exhibition

Date: 25-30/06/18 10:00-16:00

Location: Aberystwyth University Old College


There will be a growing exhibition featuring the robotics and space science research, robot crafts and a selection of the competition entries.

Robot Olympics

Date: 25/06/18 13:00-15:00

Location: Aberystwyth University Old College


Engineer a robot to take part in our robotics challenges.

A competition for teams from local primary schools.

Robot Craft

Date: 26 & 28/06/18 16:00-18:00

Location: Aberystwyth University Old College


Craft your own robot from whatever parts you can find in our scrapheap of paper, pens, and craft supplies. Robots can be displayed as part of the exhibition.

This is a family drop-in workshop suitable for humans from ages 5-105, £1 per robot.

From Fiction to Reality

Date: 27/06/18 16:00-21:00

Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre


Ex Machina (15)

(Alex Garland, UK 2015, 106mins)

As part of UK Robotics week 2018, Aberystwyth University presents “From Fiction to Reality”; a film, pizza and panel night, showing Ex_Machina, with an opportunity to ask the experts about the latest developments in AI and Robotics. Pizza will be available prior to the film, along with some exhibits of the research taking place here at Aberystwyth.

Alex Garland’s intelligent and stylish film follows a computer programmer given the task of evaluating the human qualities of a new A.I., a creation that proves more sophisticated and deceptive than he ever imagined possible… Following the screening there will be a panel discussion on the gap between perception and reality in both AI and robotics as illustrated by the film.

Film tickets must be purchased from the Arts Centre.

4.00pm - 5.30pm: Robotics Exhibits in Theatre Bar; Pizza from 5.00pm

5.30pm - 7.30pm: Showing of Film 'Ex Machina' in the Cinema

7.30pm - 8.00pm: Expert Panel talking about the film and taking questions.

8.00pm onwards: Discussion continues informally in Theatre Bar. 



Dr Frédéric Labrosse

Expert in Field Robotics and Computer Vision techniques

Dr Myra Wilson

Expert in Swarm Robotics and Evolutionary AI techniques

Dr Patricia Shaw

Expert in Humanoid Robotics and Developmental AI

Dr Otar Akanyeti

Expert in Bio-inspired Underwater Robotics

Chaired by:

Mr Martin Nelmes

Outreach coordinator for the Institute of Maths, Physics and Computer Science

An Evening of Space Robotics

Date: 29/06/18 16:00-21:00

Location: Aberystwyth University Old College


The Departments of Computer Science and Physics have long been looking to the stars and participating in missions with expertise in robotics, instrumentation, and planetary physics.

Recently, we have been working on the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars rover. Come along to hear about our passion for space exploration and to meet our new ExoMars rover for outreach.

The will be an exhibition from 4pm, with a series of talks from 6pm onwards. A keynote talk will be given by Mrs Sue Horne MBE, Head of Space Exploration from the UK Space Agency. Drinks and nibbles will be available during the evening.

Mrs Sue Horne MBE

Head of Space Exploration, UK Space Agency

Mrs Horne is responsible for the policy and UK funding of the Exploration Programme and is the UK delegate on ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Programme Board. She has worked in the space sector for 27 years having a number of jobs related to project management, science policy and funding in a variety of fields including Earth observation, astronomy and planetary sciences. For the last ten years she has concentrated on exploration. In 2000 Mrs Horne was awarded the MBE for her services to space science and education.

Please register for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

For more information on our work on the ExoMars mission, see: http://exomars.wales

Beach Lab

Date: 30/06/18 10:00-16:00

Location: Aberystwyth Bandstand


Spend the day at the beach with the robots and humans from the Aberystwyth Robotics Club!


Drawn Together Wales meets Beach Lab

Come and have a go at drawing the amazing variety of robots and humans at Beach Lab, including a real, live(?) Dalek.

The Drawn Together project encourages people all over Wales to draw what they see, then share their drawings to create a drawn map of Wales. From the dramatic to the mundane, the unique to the familiar, the human to the robot, drawing evokes a personal connection and appreciation of place.

To celebrate Wales drawn together, all sketches that are added to the map will be displayed throughout October in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Visit www.drawntogether.wales for more information.

If you’d like to know more about robots...or drawing...or drawing robots...come and join us. It doesn’t matter how you draw, if you can see it in front of you, you can draw it.

(No need to book, just turn up and enjoy the fun, if the robots don’t get you first. Drawing books and materials supplied). Exterminate...

Creative Competitions

Short Story

(400 words)

Write a short story on one of the following topics:

  • Living in the future with robots
  • An adventure with a robot
  • My friend is a robot

Poster Competition

(A4/A3 PDF)

Create a poster about your favourite robot or a robot you have designed. For example, it could be:

  • An outdoor robot
  • A space robot
  • A companion robot

Submit your Work

To enter the Short Story and Poster Competition, you should email your story or poster (along with your name, age, and nearest town) to roboticsweek@aber.ac.uk by Friday 22/06/18.

Winners will be announced on Friday 29/06/18.