Social Events


Monday – 21 May, 2018

Welcome Reception

Venue: ICRA2018 Exhibition Hall, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Time: 17:30 – 19:30
Tickets:
Inclusive in Member, non-member and student registration categories.
Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration form for $70 AUD

For eligible registered delegates who have RSVPed to Welcome Reception on the registration form

  1. Please present your ICRA2018 name badge for admission into the Exhibition Hall.

Wednesday – 23 May, 2018

1. Conference Dinner (Cocktail style)

Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
Venue: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank
Time:
18:30 – 21:30
Dress: Casual
Tickets:
Inclusive in Member, non-member and student registration categories.
Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration form for $100 AUD

For eligible registered delegates who have RSVPed to the Conference Dinner on the registration form

  1. Please present your ICRA2018 name badge for admission at the dinner venue
  2. The Dinner venue is a 15 minute walk through the South Bank Parklands and along the South Bank Boardwalk.
  3. For a map of directions click here.

2. Global Entrepreneurs Dinner (Optional)

Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
Venue: Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane City
Time:
19:00 – 23:00
Dress: Lounge-Business suit
Tickets: Tickets to 3-course seated banquet dinner and drinks can be purchased for $150 AUD.

The Global Entrepreneurs Dinner will see the launch of the Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC as well as feature a guest speaker, robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks.

Tickets to this event are limited.

To book tickets please click here.


The Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC, has been established to research, develop and deliver world-leading trusted autonomous Defence  technology. Build new and innovative IP through focused research and technology programs, while assisting Australian industry in developing new, improved and competitive autonomy technologies. Evaluate the utility of autonomous systems to Defence through capability demonstrations. Transform the capacity and ability of defence to acquire, deploy and sustain leading-edge autonomous and robotic technologies. And improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian Industry.

The methodology to achieve these outcomes is to; foster collaboration between Defence, Industry and research organisations. Increase SME participation in collaborative research, improve research skills and capabilities in the Australian Defence Industry with an Agile approach “build a little- test a little- repeat”.

Robots at Scale presented by Rodney Brooks

Innovation at the level of invention and newness can be accomplished with government funding at Universities, and with seed funding in startup accelerators.  Both are critically important aspects of getting new ideas to the market place. But getting robots deployed into the world at scale requires additional levels of support and creativity. The deployment of robotics hardware, where the customers incur capital costs, is very different from the deployment of web software where there is close to zero marginal cost of browser-based deployment.  Innovative hardware requires large and sustained capital investments in companies. This talk will cover some of the speaker’s experiences in getting more than 20 million robots, variously, to Mars, into homes, into the battlefield, into damaged nuclear power plants, and into factories world wide.


Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) until 2007.  He completed an M.Sc. at the Flinders University of South Australia (with a thesis in Machine Learning, and no, it is way too embarrassing to share), and then a machine vision Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University in 1981.  He was a post-doc at CMU and MIT, and on the faculty at Stanford from 1983-1984, before joining the MIT faculty. His research has concentrated on machine vision, mobile robots, humanoid robots, and Artificial Life. In addition he was co-founder of iRobot Corporation, and founder of Rethink Robotics. He is a member if the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science  and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.


Thursday – 24 May 2018

Farewell Reception

Venue: Plaza Terrace, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Time:
17:30 – 20:00
Tickets: Inclusive in Member, non-member and student registration categories.
Additional tickets can be purchased via the registration form for $85 AUD

For eligible registered delegates who have RSVPed to Farewell Reception on the registration form

  1. Please present your ICRA2018 badge and Farewell Reception ticket for admission at the reception venue.