The Future of Digitisation, Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - listen to the keynote by Prof Guang-Zhong Yang

Digitisation, automation, artificial intelligence and robotic systems are fast becoming indispensable pillars of industry. As today's initial successes translate from research labs to commercial uses, the numbers of smart machines can only grow, finding applications across all sectors. Very soon, these technologies will begin to demonstrate skills that we've never seen before. Machines will start seeing and listening, use increasingly sophisticated mechanisms to learn and act in complex environments, and even start working collaboratively together – in swarms. For 21st Century businesses, there has never been a better time to prepare for a paradigm that is shifting from labour to capital to technology, and there is no better place to start with than 2035:Tech Foresight, a special one-day event by Foresight Practice for Imperial Business Partners and invited guests.

On July 3rd 2015 we take a journey 20 years into the future with Imperial College professors and academic faculty.

  • How will a new generation of cooperative robotics augment our human capacities to control, explore and shape our environment? What will this mean for the conduct of commerce and industry?
  • How far away are machines that know how to learn and rewrite their own code, adapt their behaviour to change and make collective decisions rather than as individual agents?
  • What are the pitfalls if their behaviour doesn’t comply with our expectations?


  • Prof Guang-Zhong Yang
    Keynote: The disappearing robot
  • Dr Will Knottenbelt
    Life in a block chain world
  • Dr Esther Rodriguez Villegas
    Sensing and the future of health
  • Prof Alessio Lomuscio
    The race against ‘thinking’ machines
  • Dr Mirko Kovac
    The future ecosystem: human, nature and robot

Time and Venue:

3rd July 2015

Queen's Tower Rooms, Sherfield Building
South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London SW7 2AZ