Dr Nick Hawes is a Reader in Autonomous Intelligent Robotics in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. His research applies techniques from artificial intelligence to allow robots to perform useful tasks for, or with, humans in everyday environments (such as making your breakfast, or supporting nursing staff in a care home). He is particularly interested in how robots can understand the world around them and how it changes over time (e.g. where objects usually appear, how people move through buildings etc.), and how robots can exploit this knowledge to perform tasks more efficiently and intelligently.
Dr Hawes is also a passionate and energetic believer in public engagement about AI and Robotics, and science more generally. He has made a number of appearances on TV and radio discussing both research, and the potential impact of robotics on society. He was selected to give the Lord Kelvin Award Lecture at the 2013 British Science Festival, an honour given to an active researcher who has demonstrated outstanding communication skills to a general audience.