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‘Innovation hub’ London secures IEEE’s flagship robotics conference

London has been selected to host IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s (RAS) flagship International Conference on Robotics and Automations (ICRA) in 2023.

The UK capital was chosen ahead of Vienna and Copenhagen.

More than 4,000 experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics will attend the  four-day conference at ExCeL London, May 29- June 2, 2023.

ICRA will be the first major international robotics and automation congress to be hosted in the UK, and should swell the city’s coffers by £13m.

The city’s bid was fronted by Professor Kaspar Althoefer, from Queen Mary University of London, with London Convention Bureau, ExCeL London and congress organiser MCI UK. The Mayor of London, The Alan Turing Institute, and some of London’s top AI and robotics companies were also involved in the bid.

The congress will feature a robot competition between schools in England, aimed at children aged seven to 12 years old to raise enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

London hosts some of the world’s biggest tech events, including London Tech Week, which attracts more than 55,000 delegates to 300 events across the city.

Suzanne Singleton, head of Associations at London Convention Bureau, said: “London is a global hub for innovation and technology and its great news for the city that IEEE has decided to bring its flagship automation and robotics conference to London in 2023. We look forward to welcoming some of the best experts and researchers to London and hope they will enjoy all the great venues and experiences our city has to offer.”

“Our world-class universities, research facilities, and a highly-skilled talent pool have helped Britain to become the European capital of Artificial Intelligence, making London a natural choice to host such a prestigious AI and robotics congress.”

Professor Althoefer added: “We are delighted to have won the bid to bring the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) to London in 2023. Undoubtedly a massive boost for UK Robotics, considering that this is the first time ever that a major international robotics conference will come to the country.”

Barbara Calderwood, MCI’s divisional lead at MCI UK commented: “We appreciate the importance of ICRA for its inward investment potential, jobs creation and its role in building the UK’s future prosperity. We are very much looking forward to providing all the logistical requirements of this highly complex Meeting to ensure ICRA is the Robotics and Automation Showcase of the World in London in 2023.”