QUT, 2017

Robotronica is a one-day event hosted by QUT, and is focused on emerging developments in robotics, technology, and interactive design. The 2017 event attracted 22,000 people, across many activities, including the following talks:

Rise of the robots, Rise of the useless class / moderator - Professor Michael Milford (QUT) / panelists - Tom Bijesse (Code Club Australia), Jon Carroll (Sphero), Andra Keay (Silicon Valley Robotics)

Old Ways, New : Tech / moderator - Rae Johnston (SBS, Gizmodo) / panelists - Angie Abdilla (Old Ways, New), Professor Rob Fitch (UTS), Wayne Denning (Carbon Creative)

Robots that need to mislead: biologically-inspired machine deception / keynote - Professor Ron Arkin (Georgia Tech)

Biotech: Technology, The Body, and Health Futures / moderator - Mathilde Desselle (QUT) / panelists - Dr Nicholas Opie (University of Melbourne), Jaden Hastings, Professor Justin Cooper-White (UQ)

TechTalks / presenters - Dylan Verrier (Pluss), Folktale (Sarah Mak), Jon Carroll (Sphero), Dr Matthew Dunbabin (QUT), Clinton Burchat (BLKTATU)

Robocop: Robots, Ethics, and Law Enforcement / moderator - Professor Matthew Rimmer (QUT) / panelists - Dr Monique Mann (QUT), A/Professor James Mullins (Deakin University, Acting Superintendent Brad Wright (QLD Police Services)

The Agency of Human-Robotic Lunatics / mixed-reality keynote - Dr Sarah Jane Pell (artist-astronaut)

AI vs Human Ingenuity / moderator - Professor Margaret Petty (QUT) / panelists - Soh Yeong Roh (Art Centre Nabi), Jack Nolan (PopGun), Professor Michael Milford (QUT)

Robots, Ethics, and Intimacy: The need for scientific research / keynote - Professor Ron Arkin (Georgia Tech) / respondent - Dr Kate Devitt (QUT Faculty of Law)

Robotronica attracted media before during and after, including ABC TV and ABC OnlineRadio AustraliaABC Radio Brisbane, Radio National’s Future TenseABC TV Weekend Breakfast10 NewsAAP7 NewsSky News, 9 NewsGizmodo,  Must Do BrisbaneWeekend Notes, the Australia’s High WiredBrisbane Times and Fairfax nationallyNZ HeraldCairns PostNT News, Public Now and Fiji Times.  Robotronica trended on social media all day, and was turned into Twitter Moments in AustraliaCanadaUK and by Gizmodo.

Main image via The Atlantic.