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2018 Gibbons Lecture 3: Will robotic vision ever fully replace human vision?

17 May 2018: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

University of Auckland,
Owen G Glenn Building,
Room OGGB 3/260-092,
Level 0,
12 Grafton Road,

There is public parking in the basement of the Owen G Glenn Building at 12 Grafton Road.

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2018 Gibbons Lectures in association with ITP

The Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland, in association with IT Professionals New Zealand, is pleased to announce the Gibbons Lecture Series for 2018. This year the lectures address aspects of Robotics in Industry and at Home.

Robots Everywhere
Robotics in Industry and at Home

A robot is a machine capable of sensing and carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially when controlled by computer programs. It seems that every day we hear news items concerning robots, the tasks that they are now able to perform and how they are expected to interact with humans.

Particularly newsworthy are autonomous robots that operate without immediate human control and androids that are made to resemble humans, but most robots are machines designed to perform a task with the most practical shape for the task itself.

The branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, is called robotics. Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that involves mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and other disciplines from the social sciences. In New Zealand, robotics is an active area of research.

The first speaker this year, Bruce MacDonald from our Faculty of Engineering, will overview the state of robotics research, especially local research directions. Mike Shatford, Managing Director of Design Energy, will follow with a summary of how robotics and supporting technologies are solving problems for industry, world-wide and in New Zealand, particularly in small and medium enterprises. From our Department of Computer Science, Patrice Delmas will discuss the problems of providing robots with vision. To end the lecture series, Elizabeth Broadbent from our Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences will present some of the social issues of interacting with robots and her research into this area.

Lecture 3: Will robotic vision ever fully replace human vision?

Robotic, or computer vision, is the field which studies the extraction of useful information from images. It is considered one of the most promising investment sectors in the near future, having enjoyed a three-fold increase in venture capital funding in 2017. Yet the latest issues arising with automated driving show that the field is not yet mature for everyday use when human lives are at risk.

In this talk, Patrice will introduce the topic of computer vision, its current status and the many challenges that have been faced. He will then discuss some parallels between human vision and computer vision, and the major differences in capability.

Finally, he will lean on his experience to describe a wide range of real-world problems, attempted solutions and ensuing failures or successes, in the context of the New Zealand economy and environment.

Please join us for refreshments from 6pm at Level 1 of Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road.

(Please see for other Gibbons lectures in the series)

About The Speaker

Patrice Delmas is from France originally - he completed his MEng, MSc and PhD degrees, in 1994, 1995 and 2000, at the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble, France.

He has been with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland since 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor. He has had 20 years of experience in theoretical and applied computer vision research. 

Patrice's main interests are in the general area of image processing with particular emphasis on issues relating to recognition of human faces such as 'visual lip mapping' and '3D face analysis and synthesis'. Other interests include 'medical imaging' and 'applied computer vision (camera calibration, rectification, stereo-matching, 2D-3D face-hand matching)'.

Drinks and nibbles will be served from 6pm on Level 1 of the Owen G Glenn building. Lecture commences at 6.30pm. Live streaming will also be available.

Find out more information about the Gibbons Lecture Series.

Registration Details:

Attendance is free, however please register below for catering and to secure your place.


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