Event announcement: Masterclass in Swarm, Soft and Aerial Robotics


Organised by the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) Node in Functionality on behalf of the UKRI TAS Programme, the Masterclass in Swarm, Soft and Aerial Robotics will provide developers, operators, end users and researchers with an opportunity for hands-on experience with a range of autonomous and robotic technologies that can be deployed in the logistics, manufacturing and infrastructure industries.

Participants will work with university researchers to try out and explore the capabilities of the latest technologies in swarm robotics, soft robotics and aerial robotics (drones) via an interactive ‘teaching and doing’ format.

There will also be the opportunity to explore future avenues for the use of these technologies in the context of your own work, with the TAS Node sponsoring a number of follow-on summer student research projects after the event.

Masterclass details

The masterclass will be held in-person on Wednesday 19 April 2023 at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics run in partnership between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).

Invitation to apply

This event is free to attend with limited spaces, which will be allocated following short applications. We invite applications from members of industry, academic research and other interested parties. Applicants must provide information about their areas of interest and any initial ideas or applications they would like to explore during the masterclass.

Apply to attend: Masterclass in Swarm, Soft and Aerial Robotics (deadline 10 March 2023 11:59 p.m. UK time)


Applications will be reviewed by the Organising Committee. Selection of final participants will be based on the fit of their interests to the technology areas, as well as the potential for future use and development of these technologies aligned with these interests.

Selected participants will be notified of their place at the masterclass by 17 March 2023 and will be required to confirm attendance to secure their space.

We recognise the value of diversity and the contribution that every individual can make. We will support selected applicants to mitigate any barriers to their participation.


Masterclass in Swarm, Soft and Aerial Robotics: Future technologies for logistics, manufacturing and smart infrastructure

Wednesday 19 April 2023
10:00 Arrival & registration
10:15 Introductory talks
11:00 Demos of robotic technologies
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Parallel Workshops: 1.Soft Robotics 2.Swarm Robotics 3.Aerial Robotics
15:00 Discussion: Ways forward – Future work & collaboration
15:30 Networking with refreshments
16:00 End

Organising Committee

From the University of Bristol’s TAS Functionality Node:

  • Shane Windsor
  • Sabine Hauert
  • Jonathan Rossiter
  • Katie Drury

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