London Robotics & AI Summer Mini-School

London Robotics & AI Summer Mini-School

Date: 6 June 2023 08:00 - 19:00

Location: QMUL, Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, E1 4FQ Map 

Join us at the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary University of London for the first pilot of the London Robotics & AI Summer School, jointly organised by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University College London (UCL). This first edition will be a one-day event (i.e. a Mini-School), with presentations by academics of QMUL, UCL and Imperial College, followed by a short robotic hackathon in which you will be challenged to update the ROS code of a small robotic arm to pick as many objects as you can in the shortest possible time: can you beat our robot baseline?

Details here (for participants):

The event is free! But places are limited (first come, first served). You'll need to sign up to participate (registration opens on 04/05/2023 here:

Programme (this is a "Bring Your Own Laptop" event, if you want to code!)

  • 8:00-9:30 Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:00 Welcome and Introduction
  • 10:00-10:40 A Robotic Sense of Touch (Dr Lorenzo Jamone, QMUL)
  • 10:40-11:20 Computer Vision for Intelligent Robots (Dr Dimitrios Kanoulas, UCL)
  • 11:20-12:00 Imitation Learning for Robot Control (Dr Edward Johns, IC)
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch and informal Students-Speakers discussion
  • 13:00-15:30 Mini-Hackathon (part #1): code my robot (can you beat the baseline?)
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:00-17:30 Mini-Hackathon (part #2): presentation of results and closing
  • 17:30-19:00 Drinks reception

The event is partially supported by the Alan Turing Institute (, by DERI ( and by CRISP (

Some Photos from the event:

Talk by Lorenzo Jamone

Talk by Dimitrios Kanoulas

Talk by Ed Johns

The structure

How to play


The pairings

The tactile track

The vision track

The winners!


Updated by: Lorenzo Jamone