Queen Mary, University of London is celebrating its partnership with the Institute of Coding (IoC). In just 12 months, IoC partners have successfully signed-up over 5,000 people onto its leading tech courses at universities across the country.
QMUL's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has risen in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject 2019.
Music’s changing fast: FAST is changing music
27 November 2018
Showcasing the culmination of five years of digital music research, the FAST IMPACt project (Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption), led by Queen Mary University of London, hosted an invite-only industry day at Abbey Road Studios.
The project aims to help grow and sustain craft businesses, directly benefitting people working in the sector
Research into automating software engineering anticipated to have a major impact on the IT industry and beyond.
Clapping Music app reveals that changing rhythm isn’t so easy
21 October 2018
Scientists from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than others.
Next generation of antenna research secured with £1.2m grant
5 October 2018
Queen Mary University of London has secured funding of £1.2m to research the next generation of antennas required for mobile communications.
Grant to be used to develop and improve the safety and lifetime of Nissan electric car batteries
Professor Nallanathan’s work on NOMA chosen out of 500 papers for the award.
Queen Mary University of London has been awarded approximately £3m to develop software defined materials, which will enable rapid development of future generation communication systems, intelligent technologies and infrastructures including the internet-of-things, security imaging systems and robotics.
A team of science and engineering students from Queen Mary University of London will design a robotic wheelchair with a plan to compete in Cybathlon 2020 - a global competition for people with disabilities.
Two supercomputers have been installed at Queen Mary University of London to support research into deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI).
QMUL to join The Alan Turing Institute
21 November 2017
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is set to join The Alan Turing Institute as a university partner.
The funding has been given by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ).
Royal visit highlights EECS collaborations in China
13 July 2017
HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London, attended a ceremony to sign an agreement between Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Hunan University (HNU) on 7 July, during a recent visit to the province.
An EECS researcher has secured a substantial grant of £2m to improve the hubs where independent internet networks can connect directly to one another.
Academics from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have held digital music workshops in the Philippine capital Manila.
Dr Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, of the Theoretical Computer Science Reserach group, has been awarded a Royal Society international Exchange to work with Reinhard Muskens in the Netherlands
New Centre for Advanced Robotics (ARQ) opens
16 May 2017
The Centre for Advanced Robotics (ARQ) was established to promote robotics research and teaching at the College level. The center is led by Professor Kaspar Althoefer (EECS + the School Engineering and Material Science).
To mark the occasion, the Centre for Advanced Robotics invites you to join the Open Robotics Day and ARQ inauguration on June 29th 2017.
A bug hunting tool co-developed by an EECS researcher, Dr Michael Tautschnig, has won a prestigious award.
The Cognitive Science research group have signed a license agreement with a company called IESO Digital Health Ltd. IESO Digital Health provides evidence-based mental health therapy online.
C4DM research teaches machines to decipher birdsong
31 March 2017
Innovative research looking at the timing and sequence of bird calls could provide new insight into the social interaction that goes on between birds.
A revolutionary solution to reviewing CCTV footage, developed using software from a QMUL spin-out, has won a major security innovation award.
Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivity
15 March 2017
Scientists at EECS are bringing us closer to understanding the musical experience through a novel approach to analysing a common musical effect known as vibrato.
QMUL’s Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017
9 March 2017
Dr Marcus Pearce and Samantha Duffy won the Inspire Award in the Public Engagement Category at the QMUL's Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2017 for their Steve Reich’s Clapping Music project
A Royal Handshake with Professor Yang Hao
31 January 2017
Professor Yang Hao was invited by the IET as one of the recipients of IET AF Harvey Research Prize to attend the official reopening of IET London: Savoy Place in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal.
Music transformed by technology at QMUL’s Christmas Lecture
22 December 2016
Traditional instruments were transformed by computer science to create sounds previously impossible at the annual Children’s Christmas lecture at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of eight institutions to receive funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to investigate how wearable devices like sensors and smart-watches can be used to improve our understanding and management of long-term medical conditions.
EECS’ Antennas Research Group forms part of “DISTRIBUTE” team winning European Union Horizon Prize for driving innovation in wireless networking.
One of the world’s first live concerts by self-taught silicon composers has shed an uncomfortably bright light on the nature of human creativity at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, East London
The Lrn2Cre8 Project held its successful sold out Concert at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston yesterday evening.
QMUL is the first university in Europe to successfully install one of two Nvidia DGX-1 deep learning supercomputers.
Launched by Nvidia in 2016 as the world's first supercomputer specifically designed for deep learning and big data analysis (which have witnessed explosive development in the last five years) the DGX-1 delivers 170 teraflops [around 200 times more powerful than your desktop computer] of processing power in a single box.
Our new supercomputer(s) are part of a three year (2016-2019) joint industry-sponsored research project called DeepInsight ('the Deep Learning Research Project on Big Video Analysis').
Art and science collide in new EECS exhibition
20 September 2016
What do robots performing comedy, music boxes from China and a jelly pudding have in common? These are just three of the projects that were on display at the Intersections exhibit, which showcased work from the Media and Arts Technology CDT at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Do you realise what you are saying when you talk during a conversation?
EECS' Cognitive Scientist, Saul Albert, and a team of interaction scientists from the UK will be zooming in on conversations at New Scientist Live in London’s Excel Centre this week.
Queen Mary has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant of £385,510 that ultimately will lead to improved design and use of self-monitoring systems such as blood sugar monitors, home energy smart meters, and self-improvement mobile phone apps.
Dr Rebecca Stewart will be delivering The Daphne Oram Award Lecture for digital innovation at the British Science Festival in Swansea this September.
Research by Dr. Gareth Tyson, Dr. Hamed Haddadi and collaborators has been widely covered in the media, including by MIT Tech Review, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Business Insider, Elle, Repubblica and New York Magazine. The articles are based on a paper recently published at IEEE/ACM ASONAM on user activity in Tinder (July).
MIT Tech Review reports 'How Tinder “Feedback Loop” Forces Men and Women into Extreme Strategies'. The first study of swiping strategies on Tinder shows just how different male and female mating behavior can be.
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have made an object disappear by using a material with nano-size particles that can enhance specific properties on the object’s surface.
EECS PhD student Timm Böttger was awarded the Brendan Murphy Memorial Young Researcher Prize at the 2016 Multi-Service Networks meeting in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Multi-Service Networks (MSN) is an annual meeting of network researchers. The Brendan Murphy Prize is given for the best presentation and is in memory of Brendan Murphy, an outstanding researcher and mountaineer known to many in the communications and distributed systems research community. Timm received the prize for his talk: A Glimpse at the Internet Ecosystem through the Lens of the large video streaming platform
Listeners can hear a difference between standard audio and better than CD quality, known as high resolution audio, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
A computer program that recognises sketches pioneered by scientists from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) could help consumers shop more efficiently.
Can computers do magic?
10 June 2016
Magicians could join composers and artists in finding new ideas for their performances by using computers to create new magic effects, according to computer scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
EECS in the Media: Dr Anne Hsu featured in CNN
8 June 2016
The mindful way to distract you from your cravings - Dr Anne Hsu featured in CNN
The desire for a particular food item can be powerful and has the ability to fully consume someone's thoughts until satisfied. But just as easily as the mind gets you into these situations, it can get you out – reports CNN. "One of the main reasons people overeat is due to food cravings," says Dr Anne Hsu. "It doesn't work to just tell people not to eat something," she says. "All behaviours come from underlying desires and changing the root cause of that behaviour could have more affect."
Full article can be read here »
Successful implementation of major projects requires careful management of uncertainty and risk. Yet, uncertainty is rarely effectively calculated when analysing project costs and benefits. In the case of major agricultural and other development projects in Africa this challenge is especially important.
Scan your doodles to find the perfect matching photo online
A computer program can scan your sketches and search for a photograph that looks just like them which is a step towards a search engine based on drawings, according to computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Personal data revolution takes first step
14 April 2016
A new way of managing personal information set to maximise people’s chances of privacy is being developed by computer scientists, led by a researcher at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Professor Gong receives IEEE Best Associate Editor Award
8 January 2016
Congratulations to Professor Shaogang Gong, who was awarded 2015 IEEE Best Associate Editor Award
Antennas Professor Wins a prestigious IET international prize
25 November 2015
£300,000 research prize set to help transform satellite and mobile communications! Professor Yang Hao from Queen Mary University of London has today been announced as the winner of the £300,000 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. He was chosen from high-calibre candidates from across the world as a result of his outstanding contributions in the fields of microwave, antennas and electromagnetics.
EECS cleans up at QMUL Engagement and Enterprise Awards
18 November 2015
Members of The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science won a raft of awards this month at Queen Mary's Engagement and Enterprise Awards
A study of nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users has found that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like "me" while conservatives opt more for the group-oriented "us".
QMUL Microwave Pioneer to Receive Sir Frank Whittle Medal
25 August 2015
Internationally renowned British microwave engineer Professor Peter Clarricoats CBE FREng FRS (Antennas Emeritus Professor and FOunder of the Antennas and Electromagnetics Research Group at QMUL) is to receive one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest accolades, the Sir Frank Whittle Medal, for his influential achievements spanning more than half a century.
The Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) team has won the Award for Best Solution by a Large Organisation at the Connect Ability Challenge event, a software development competition focusing on developing technology that can help improve the lives of people living with physical, social, emotional and cognitive disabilities. The event was organised by AT&T and New York University to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Themed Issue of Phil Trans A published online
3 August 2015
Themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A published, collected and edited by QUEST researchers from the Antennas Group at QMUL and colalborating institutes.
EECS researchers have built the first computer program that can recognise hand-drawn sketches better than humans.
Services used by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK to protect their identity on the web are vulnerable to leaks, according to our researchers.
Media and Arts Technology (MAT) student Callum Goddard spent last summer working with The One-handed Musical Instrument Trust (OHMI) towards solving the difficulty of operating the trumpet tuning valves with only one hand.
Our Artist-in-Residence Di Mainstone has released a new online film which reveals the voice of the Clifton Suspension Bridge for the first time. Using specially created ‘bridge bows’ developed at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio with engineers from Arup and students from the University of the West of England, Di’s team have harnessed the low frequency vibrations of the suspension rods, found a way to turn them into music and captured the event on film.
Our computer scientists have come together with evolutionary biologists to study the evolution of pop music. Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial scientific study of the history of popular music to date.
Mortimer the drumming robot, the brainchild of our PhD student Louis McCallum, made an appearance on UK national television this week - on the Gadget Show on Channel 5.
Second year PhD student Siying Wang fought off competition from a number of other students more advanced in their studies to have her paper selected as the best student paper for ‘Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing’.
Research showcase 2015
29 April 2015
Researchers from QMUL’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) presented some their research to colleagues and visitors at the Mile End Campus.
Professor Mark Sandler was awarded a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society this month.
Wearable technology suits you!
12 March 2015
QMUL School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science students made a splash at the Wearable Technology Show 2015 this week.
Professor presents BBC Four documentary
20 February 2015
Queen Mary Professor Norman Fenton will be presenting a BBC Four documentary on 02 March 2015, exploring the science behind three key climate change statistics. In a special film for BBC Four, three mathematicians will explore three key statistics linked to climate change.
New QMUL app uses Twitter comments to give real-time film reviews
20 February 2015
A new app, called Reel Reviews, which uses sophisticated computer analysis of comments from users on Twitter to give up-to-the-minute film ratings has been launched just in time for the Oscars.
Double Best Paper Awards for Antennas Academic
14 August 2014
Dr Maged Elkashlan from the Antennas Group receives the best paper award at IEEE ICC 2014 in Sydney, Australia and at CHINACOM 2014 in Maoming, China
A book, "Co-operative and Energy Efficient Body Area and Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications, 1st Edition", has been published by Elsevier. The book is featured on the EDN Europe website and the article author stated ... "deal specifically with emerging opportunities and challenges in the healthcare sector, with novel applications enabled by low-power electronics and “Internet of Things” developments." It is based on research conducted in the Antennas Group and co-authored by current and past members of the group.
This years' NIME conference, which took place at Goldsmiths University, featured a one day hackathon centered around assistive interfaces narrowing down disabling barriers to musical and creative expression. The challenge was the following: "Design a musical device that can be easily configured/modified to make music making accessible to all, including musicians with a disability". A hack by Fiore Martin (based on the CCmI diagram editor) won the prize related to this challenge!
BAE collaboration with QUEST
19 June 2014
Combination of spatial transformations and composite materials generates interest - See more at: http://antennas.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/news-events/news/#sthash.ATIknuTN.dpuf
Antennas member selected for UK URSI Panel
19 June 2014
Dr Akram Alomainy will join the UK URSI Panel in September 2014 - See more at: http://antennas.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/news-events/news/#sthash.CNSu8UI9.dpuf
Miss Miss Nishtha Chopra, a PhD student in the Antennas and Electromagnetics Research Group at the School of Electronic and Computer Engineering was one of the participants of 'Engineering Yes 2014' at which she received an award.
Professor Dino Distefano has today been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his contribution to society.
Gold Medals for Theory Research
17 April 2014
The EECS Theory Group had a strong presence at ETAPS
Topby Harris, a PhD student form EECS won the overall prize in a national photo competition with an image of robot that can tailor its stand-up comedy routine in response to the audience’s reaction.
First International Workshop on Assistive Computer Vision and Robotics (ACVR 2013)
Call for Multimodal Grand Challenges 2014
19 March 2014
Dr Hatice Gunes is the chair of the ICMI Multimodal Grand Challenges, 12-16 November 2014.
Prof Andrea Cavallaro is one of the organisers of the Video Analytics for Audience Measurement in Retail and Digital Signage (VAAM) workshop in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition, Stockholm, Sweden, 24 August 2014.
Digital music to feel impact of Big Data
27 February 2014
A new project that will use large music collections – so called Big Data – to support music research has been launched by Queen Mary University of London, City University London, University College London and the British Library.
New study reveals communications potential of graphene
25 February 2014
Providing secure wireless connections and improving the efficiency of communication devices could be another application for graphene, as demonstrated by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and the Cambridge Graphene Centre.
Fourfold rise in Actual Experience shares on first day of trading
24 February 2014
An EECS spinout company, which helps companies manage their digital supply chains, saw shares jump to more than four times their float price on its first day listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
Using robots to reach out to isolated people
19 February 2014
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are taking part in a major new project looking at how cutting-edge robotics can enable people to participate in public spaces, as a place to meet and share ideas without being there in person.
Expert Blog: Who is watching the watchers?
12 February 2014
We are being watched. Our movements and activity tracked. Our data is being traded behind the scenes, changing hands many times without our knowledge.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of its leading publications, Electronics Letters. Please check the following link for further information (http://www.theiet.org/resources/journals/eletters/index.cfm) Prof. Peter Clarricoats of the Antennas Group at QMUL is the founding editor of the publication and has served as an editor for the journal for over 40 years. Please check the following link (http://www.theiet.org/resources/journals/eletters/5001/50-years.cfm), where Prof Clarricoats and Sir Eric Ash talk about how the journal started and also the role it had in changing the field of electronic engineering.
Technology company, Actual Experience, which works with consumers and business to improve the experience of their IT, has achieved a double success, completing a £4m financing round with one of Europe's largest investment managers and winning another prestigious industry award for innovation.
Book chapter on UWB Diversity in Healthcare
3 November 2013
Our book chapter on "Antenna Diversity Techniques for Enhanced Ultra-Wideband Body-Centric Wireless Networks in Healthcare" by Qammer H. Abbasi, Akram Alomainy and Yang Hao from Antennas at QMUL to appear in 'Ultra-Wideband and 60 GHz Communications for Biomedical Applications' to be published by Springer in early 2014
During the secondment, which is planned for April to November 2014, Dr Alomainy will work on improving and creating new techniques to develop traceable and cost-effective measurement solutions for characterising the performance of wireless body-worn devices to aid development of on-body antenna systems. In addition, an essential aim of the secondment is to develop a set of resources used in teaching and student’s project placements of advanced experimental techniques used in assessing wearable radio devices performance in general communication electronics and hence feed into state-of-the-art teaching and learning in QMUL.
The Antennas Group (Dr Akram Alomainy) to work with The Blizard Institute (Prof. Mike Philpott) on theoretical and practical aspects of nano-communication for future healthcare with funding from QMUL Institute of Bioengineering to support a PhD student for 3 years.
Dr Rostyslav Dubrovka and Dr Robert Donnan were successful in securing around £0.5m from EPSRC to work on 'Active Quasi-Optics for High-Power THz'. The work is in collaboration and support of Physics at QMUL, NPL, Cobham and TeraView for 36 months.
Prof Norman Fenton has been awarded one of the highly sought after European Research Council Advanced Grants, which attracted 2048 Professorial level applicants from all over Europe. His project (which is being funded to the value €1.5 million) is called "Effective Bayesian Modelling with Knowledge before Data (short title "BAYES-KNOWLEDGE") .
Dr Akram Alomainy of the Antennas Group is interviewed by Faculti Media on our latest research regarding reconfigurable antennas for Cognitive Radio applications. http://facultimedia.com/polarization-reconfigurable-ultra-wideband-antenna-for-cognitive-radio-applications/
The Antennas group (Dr Akram Alomainy) co-organised an exciting event on Motion research, education and industrial applications at QMUL. Attendance was great and the day was very interactive and resulted in many collaborations and potentially a new degree programme in the making.
Comedy Lab: Human vs. Robot A Hack the Barbican activity
9 August 2013
The Antennas Group at QMUL had strong presence in Digital Shoreditch 2013 in the summer with special mentions and talks; Dr Akram Alomainy presented at Digital Shoreditch 2013 'Start me up' about turning science fiction to reality including invisibility and Antennas excellent high quality measurement lab had a mention at Digital Shoreditch 2013 as great places for supporting and starting up creative industries.
Antennas & EM for Telerobotics Research
25 July 2013
Dr Akram Alomainy from the Antenna and Electromagnetics Group has teamed up with the Shadow Robot Company to secure funding from the Technology Strategy Board, working on using radio systems and signals for Technologies to Control Advance Telerobotics.
Are you more impulsive than a fish?
24 July 2013
Fishy interactive installation that allows users to measure their own degree of impulsivity.
Facebook buys EECS’ Professor’s startup
22 July 2013
Facebook buys EECS' Professor's startup
TouchKeys:multi-touch sensing keyboard
15 July 2013
A new keyboard overlay developed by Andrew McPherson from C4DM allows performers to bend pitch, create vibrato and experiment with a range of musical techniques not associated with standard keyboards.
EECS research on Collaborative Cross-Modal Interfaces (CCmI) features in this year’s Parliamentary Report on R&D in Assistive Technology.
Marcus Pearce, EECS lecturer in Sound and Music Processing, is looking for volunteers to rate music.
EECS' PhD student Ben Bengler was awarded the first honourable mention for Best Contribution to Creative Communication 2013 at the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition 2013, Sydney, Australia.
Nick Bryan-Kinns and two of his PhD students, Ben Bengler and Dave Meckin, have been invited to exhibit their work on interactive sound at the “Design Can Change!” exhibition in Shenzhen, China.
Nick Bryan-Kinns, Senior Lecturer in EECS, has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment to work with Togeva to develop lightweight methods and tools to evaluate mobile and social user interfaces.
Ammar Lilamwala's PhD work, in the EECS Networks Research Group, has received project funding to investigate potential commercial impact
Eliane Bodanese from the EECS Networks Group is leading "Using Wireless Networks to Support First Responders and Resilience in Upland Areas" one of two pilot projects selected for funding by IT as a Utility Network+
EECS research contributing to online security
29 March 2013
Researchers from EECS will contribute to the second UK Cyber Research Institute, which focuses on investigating new ways of automatically analysing computer software to reduce its vulnerability to cyber threats.
Innovative keyboard backed by C4DM research wins award
21 March 2013
The ROLI Seaboard GRAND, a new keyboard instrument and digital controller, was named winner of the 2013 SXSW Music Accelerator competition in Austin, Texas. The Seaboard GRAND was developed from research undertaken by Dr Andrew Robertson and supported by Dr Andrew McPherson, from the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM).
EECS Theory Group at ETAPS
14 March 2013
Five EECS papers at prestigious computer science conference
EECS spin-out wins IET Innovation Prize
29 November 2012
Actual Experience Ltd, co-founded by Professor Jonathan Pitts from the EECS Networks Group, won the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 2012 Information Technology Award. Actual Experience quantifies the human experience of using Internet applications and services. This EECS spin-out is the first company in the world that can automatically create an IT Supply Chain view based on user experience and zoom in, pin point, and help solve IT problems that impacts on staff productivity.
Prof. Yang Hao elected as fellow of the IEEE
27 November 2012
Prof. Yang Hao from the Antennas and Electromagnetics Research Group in EECS has been elected as fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) as part of the newly elevated members in 2013. This election is quite competitive and he was awarded in recognition of his contribution to Antennas and Propagation for Body-Centric Wireless Communications.
The second edition of the highly cited book on Antennas and Propagation for Body-Centric Wireless Communications is now available. The book is edited by Prof. Peter S Hall from University of Birmingham and also Prof. Yang Hao from the Antennas Research Group at QMUL. The second edition also includes contribution chapters by researchers in the Antennas Group including Dr Akram Alomainy.
A group of researchers in the antennas group at QMUL, including Prof. Parini, Prof. Chen and Prof. Collins have published a book on "Antennas for Global Navigation Satellite Systems".
INVISIBILITY CLOAK TO BE UNVEILED WITH NEW RESEARCH
25 October 2012
Becoming invisible with the swish of a cloak as in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels could soon be a reality with a £4.5m research project led by Queen Mary, University of London.
Best PhD in Computer Vision
11 September 2012
The Sullivan prize for the top UK doctoral thesis in Computer Vision awarded to Marco Palaini, supervised by Lourdes Agapito.
CMMR 2012 @ EECS featured on BBC
12 August 2012
The CMMR symposium hosted by C4DM will feature in a BBC1 documentary on music and emotions, later this year. The BBC filmed the keynote “Hearing with our hearts: psychological perspectives on music and emotions” and musicologists attending the symposium, as part of the BBC’s “Imagine” series.
LIREC - Social Robots of the Future Debate
12 March 2012
The FP7 LIREC project, coordinated at EECS by Peter McOwan is coming to end and we are throwing a party in London on June 26th from 19.00pm to 22.30pm to reflect on how we might live with robots or digital companions.