The UK government’s policy lead for robotics and autonomous systems has been announced as a speaker at this year’s Robotics and Automation exhibition.
Gordon Baker works across government to make the case for robotics in multiple sectors, including the commercial use of drones.
Based within the newly formed UK Department for Science, Innovation & Technology, he has coordinated the Drone Industry Action Group and the Robotics Growth Partnership, and was a co-author of the 2022 publication Advancing Airborne Autonomy.
Baker joins a phenomenal line-up of experts confirmed to speak at Robotics and Automation 2023, which takes place on March 28-29 at NEC Birmingham, and will discuss advancing airborne autonomy via use of commercial drones at 13.25 on Day 2 of the show.
As part of his presentation, Baker will explain why drone adoption is growing rapidly among businesses from disparate industries and discuss how government and the drone sector are working together to achieve a vision for commercial drones to be commonplace in the UK by 2030.
Visitors to Baker’s session can also expect to learn how the UK plans to use commercial drones to deliver new capabilities, boost productivity and reduce emissions and risk to life while sharing airspace equitably and safely with other users.
Other standout speakers confirmed to share their in-depth knowledge of how robotics and automation technologies are making operations flexible and adaptive in fast-changing environments include: Jonathan Walker, knowledge transfer manager for Robotics at InnovateUK KTN; Giles Perkins, head of future mobility at WSP; Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani OBE, director of robotics at the University of Birminghamy; and John Wilson, technology and innovation director at GXO.
What’s more, the 2023 edition of UK’s largest dedicated robotics and automation exhibition will be co-located with fellow Akabo Media event, IntraLogisteX 2023 – the UK’s premier intralogistics and materials handling exhibition, with both events set to welcome nearly 200 exhibitors, 60 conference speakers and 3,000-4,000 visitors.