Robotics experts from Imperial demonstrated some of the world's most advanced aerial robots to help launch London Tech Week.
There are so many examples in nature of to learn from the way spiders develop webs to how swarms of ants build their colonies.
– Talib Alhinai
Aerial Robotics Lab
The event, held on Monday at London’s iconic Shard building, saw technologists, entrepreneurs and investors gather to celebrate the capitals technology sector. Guests heard from a number of tech experts and saw demonstrations of Imperial’s drones that are putting London at the forefront of aerial robotics technology.
“Aerial robots can help us to monitor pollution, protect wildlife and assist in search and rescue operations. At Imperial we are working on autonomous construction and repair with swarms of aerial robots for future cities.”
Talib Alhinai, a PhD researcher in aerial construction, researches the ways in which animals and architecture can inform the development of drone technology.
Talib said: “There are so many examples in nature of to learn from the way spiders develop webs to how swarms of ants build their colonies. It’s important to understand the principle behind these things, the how and they why, when using this kind of bio-inspiration in aerial construction.”
The event was a chance to meet others in the technology sector keen to discover how Imperial’s drone technology could be applied in the real world.
“There was a lot of interest in the drones from industry” Talib added, “there’s so much potential for them to contribute to smart city innovation. It’s great to see the possibilities with everyone, from start-ups all the way up to the big corporations, looking to develop tech and spur innovation in the city.”
London Technology Week (15 – 20 June) is a week of face-to-face events celebrating London’s global position as a hotbed of tech innovation, business successes, entrepreneurship and creative talent. The week will see over 200 events taking place bringing together tens of thousands of participants covering a huge variety of topics including gaming, big data, education, music, sport, finance and science
Speaking ahead of the event, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP said: “With our unrivalled mix of investors, talent and creativity it is hardly surprising that tech businesses and entrepreneurs are clamouring to be part of the incredible London tech story.
“This sector has flourished beyond recognition in the last five years, creating thousands of jobs and outpacing the rest of the economy. London Technology Week is rightly a celebration of that success.”
More information on the work of Dr Kovac's team can be found on the Aerial Robotics Lab website.
Article text (excluding photos or graphics) available under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license.
Photos and graphics subject to third party copyright used with permission or © Imperial College London.
Communications and Public Affairs
Leave a comment
Your comment may be published, displaying your name as you provide it, unless you request otherwise. Your contact details will never be published.