With UNSW Sydney, learning doesn’t stop at graduation.

Learn@Lunch is a fast, easy-to-digest, one-hour session that offers alumni the exclusive opportunity to foster lifelong learning.

Whether it’s new discoveries in neuroscience, innovative methods for managing bushfires, or the next generation of artificial intelligence, the series features a wide breadth of significant research insights sure to feed your mind. 

2019 Program

Wed 10 Apr    Associate Professor Hank Haeusler
                        Artificial Intelligence

Wed 8 May     Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty          

Wed 12 Jun    Professor Pasi Sahlberg
                      Gonski Institute

Thurs 18 Jul   Professor Louise Chappell                        
                        The Australian Human Rights Institute

Wed 14 Aug    Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla                   
                        Sustainable Materials

Wed 11 Sep    Professor Carole Comerton-Forde                        
                        Modern Securities Markets

Wed 9 Oct      Professor Travis Waller                              
                       Transport Innovation

Wed 13 Nov   Associate Professor Jason Sharples                     

Wed 4 Dec     Professor Mari Velonaki                        Registrations now open!
                       Designing Social Robots

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Next Learn@Lunch Event

Designing social robots

When people think of robots, chances are they don’t picture a cute fluffy seal pup, but this is because they’ve never heard of Paro. Sweet little Paro is a therapeutic robot designed to help dementia patients to feel calm and communicate better. Then there is Kaspar, a doll-like robot boy, who is used to help autistic children to feel more comfortable with social interaction.

This is Social Robotics in action. While some are anxious about the growing prevalence of AI, experts at the UNSW Creative Robotics Lab (CRL) are pioneering a future where unique robots like Paro and Kaspar are enhancing humanity, rather than replacing it. At our final Learn@Lunch talk for 2019, CRL Founder and Director Professor Mari Velonaki will share insights into the fascinating new field of Social Robotics.

As the leader of a multidisciplinary team of artists, computer scientists, engineers and psychologists, Mari will explore the concept of ‘experiential design’ as a key driver to an engaging human-robot interaction, and unpack the many ways that humans can interact with robots to benefit society.


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