Shaping the future of assistive robots at public event

Monday, 05 September 2022

As robots developed to help with everyday tasks in the home get closer to reality, computer scientists at the University of Nottingham want to find out what people think of this new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

The Knowledge Café is being held on the 15 September from 4-7pm to give the public the opportunity to see some assistive robots in action and participate in discussion on the benefits and risks of these robots, how data is used in their development, and how GDPR, AI regulation, and ethics can minimise these risks.

Intelligent assistive robots are being researched and developed to offer support with practical tasks to older people, helping to maintain a high standard of health and well-being.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a key element of these robots which need accurate datasets to be able to function. Every AI model is trained and evaluated using this data, quite often in the form of datasets that have been collected in the past and might not be relevant any longer. Researchers are dependent on the data samples to train and test algorithmic systems in order to develop AI embodied robots and enable them to perform their tasks effectively.

Data from participants in research projects like these are needed for the design, programming, construction and testing of these robots.

Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor of Embodied Intelligence at the University of Nottingham is leading this research and said: “These new technologies hold not only advantages but also a variety of concerns regarding their direct and indirect effects on society and getting insights from the general public is vital if we are to develop robots that are accepted and fit people’s needs. This event is crucial for creating the opportunity for public debate and awareness of AI in healthcare, and supporting responsible research and innovation and we hope people will get involved and share their views with us!”

The event is taking place at the CobotMaker Space on Jubilee Campus and is free to attend. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Find out more or sign up here. 

Researchers from the University of Nottingham received the first ever Turing Network Development Award to focus on making Artificial Intelligence accessible and build trust in its use and this event is the first project to run as part of this. It is also supported by the EPSRC Emergence Network and the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute.

Story credits

More information is available from Professor Caleb-Solley on

Jane Icke - Media Relations Manager Science
Phone: 0115 7486462

Notes to editors:

About the University of Nottingham

Ranked 32 in Europe and 16th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings: Europe 2024, the University of Nottingham is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience, and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement.

Nottingham was crowned Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 – the third time it has been given the honour since 2018 – and by the Daily Mail University Guide 2024.

The university is among the best universities in the UK for the strength of our research, positioned seventh for research power in the UK according to REF 2021. The birthplace of discoveries such as MRI and ibuprofen, our innovations transform lives and tackle global problems such as sustainable food supplies, ending modern slavery, developing greener transport, and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

The university is a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally - and our graduates are the second most targeted by the UK's top employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2022 report by High Fliers Research.

We lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, a pioneering collaboration between the city’s two world-class institutions to improve levels of prosperity, opportunity, sustainability, health and wellbeing for residents in the city and region we are proud to call home.

More news…

Media Relations - External Relations

The University of Nottingham
YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5798