Paper Bytes #3: Unraveling Robotics

University of London - London, United Kingdom

Join us for round three of Paper Bytes, our monthly reading group where students of all levels meet to discuss published work on various developments in tech. This May, we will explore the theme of Robotics, focusing especially on how to improve human-robot interaction, and the connection between robotics and recent advancements in AI.

May 17, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

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About this event

How can we create models of empathy, so that robots can engage with humans on an emotional, as well as a cognitive level?

This month, we will discuss the basics of “social robotics”, considering the ways in which robots can be designed to communicate naturally with humans using both verbal and non-verbal signals. Furthermore, we will look at how large datasets can be used to create “generalist” robots — robots that can perform a wide range of actions across diverse domains.

We will be reading the following texts:

The reading group will meet on Friday, 17 May, 2024 at 12:00 PM BST for a structured discussion of the reading material led by our hosts, preceded by an icebreaker session and interspersed with prompts to get you thinking about how robots can become a force for positive social change. Sign up now to 📖 book 📖 your place!

📢📢📢 Within 24 hours of your registration, you’ll receive an onboarding email containing full details and copies of the reading material, some helpful pointers to get the most out of being in this community, and an exclusive Paper Bytes bookmark for new members 🔖

We've put together a list of 12 questions to get the conversation flowing, and we wanted to share them with you in advance. Check out the full list of discussion questions.

About Paper Bytes

Launched in December 2023 by the Google Developer Student Club at University of London, Paper Bytes is a monthly virtual reading group where students of all levels and backgrounds meet to discuss published work on various developments in tech. Generally, our sessions are for you if you're interested in:

  • Networking and socializing with other students with similar interests in tech and literature
  • Extending your knowledge on tech topics that you might have heard of, but not know that much about
  • Constructing, or learning to construct, evidence-based arguments in an all-inclusive space for intellectual discussion.


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    IT Lead GDSC

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    HR Lead


  • Jana Dragovic

    GDSC Lead

  • Cynthia Tang

    Team Advisor

  • Kayleigh Kivits

    HR Lead

  • Matheus Colombo

    IT Lead

  • Francis Kim

    University of London

    IT Lead

  • Mostafa Higazy

    Tech Instructor

  • Ophelia Lavey

    University of London

    IT Lead

  • Lentin Varghese

    Akamai Technologies

    Tech Instructor

  • Hamza Saeed

    Tech Instructor

  • Injila J.

    Communication Designer

  • Ahmad-Tijani Bashorun

    Product & Web Design Lead

  • Maryam Shahzad

    HR Assistant

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    Graphics Designer

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    HR Lead

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