London to host major robotics and AI conference

International robotics and automation congress will come to the UK in 2023, welcoming 4,000 AI experts.

London has been selected to host IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s (RAS) flagship International Conference on Robotics and Automations (ICRA) in 2023.

The UK capital will welcome more than 4,000 of the world’s experts and researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for a four-day conference to be held at ExCeL London between 29th May and 2nd June 2023.

ICRA will be the first major international robotics and automation congress to be hosted in the UK and is expected to bring more than £13m economic benefit to London.

Delegates will take part in interactive workshops, tutorials and networking events hosted at some of London’s most iconic venues.

The programme will also feature outreach activities including a robot competition between schools in England, aimed at children aged seven to 12 years old to raise enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

Additional backing for the congress came from the Mayor of London, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, King’s College London, Imperial College London, University College London, Queen Mary University, The Alan Turing Institute, Cognition X, as well as some of London’s top AI and robotics companies such as DeepMind and Shadow Robot.

Professor Kaspar Althoefer, the bid’s project lead from Queen Mary University of London, said: "Undoubtedly it’s a massive boost for UK Robotics, considering that this is the first time ever that a major international robotics conference will come to the country."

In a highly competitive bidding process, London was chosen ahead of other shortlisted cities, Vienna and Copenhagen. 

Suzanne Singleton, head of associations at London Convention Bureau added: "Our world-class universities, research facilities, and a highly-skilled talent pool have helped Britain to become the European capital of Artificial Intelligence, making London a natural choice to host such a prestigious AI and robotics congress."

The city’s bid was supported by the London Convention Bureau, ExCeL London and MCI UK.

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