Written evidence submitted by EUREKA Robotics Lab, Cardiff School of Technologies
UK Parliament Education Committee
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I. About EUREKA Robotics Lab: As one of the flagship research clusters at the Cardiff School of Technologies, EUREKA Robotics Lab (Ethical-Ubiquitous Robotics driving Economy and Knowledge Accelerator for Wales) is the innovative research hub nested in Cardiff Metropolitan University, serving Wales and global stakeholders. The founder and Principal Investigator of EUREKA Robotics Lab is Dr Esyin Chew, leading interdisciplinary Co-investigators (Dr Simon Thorne, Dr Fiona Carrol, Lisa Fenn, Dr Nikolaos Konstantakis and Nigel Jones), 12 postgraduates and undergraduate’s interns from Cardiff School of Technologies and Cardiff School of Education. Partnering with international collaborators from companies and universities, the current research strands in the Lab are: Social and Service Robotics for (1) STEM Education for schools in Wales: STEM Ambassador for Wales; (2) Tourism and (3) Healthcare. II. Background and Summary: Oxford University researchers and PwC have estimated that within the next 20 years, 47% of US and 30% of UK employments, both white and blue-collar jobs, are at risk of the Fourth Industrial Revolution [1, 2]. While robotics and efficient machines intelligence is the building blocks for the coming revolution [3, 4], ironically, powerful technologies in the human history could result in more efficient productivity, effective decision making, higher earnings, and overall job growth. Robotics may accelerate the Artificial Intelligence (AI) disruption in the jobs market, however, new jobs, new companies and new markets will be enhanced and developed on the shoulders of the next industrial revolution [5, 6]. This written evidence (1) argues the readiness and current gap of young people in the UK for the fourth industrial revolution, (2) discusses how best to prepare them for robotics and AI education, and (3) make recommendations for the government and a forward-thinking Robotics Lab in introducing a flexible robotics and AI education upskilling.
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EUREKA Robotics Lab (2019 ) Written Evidence by EUREKA Robotics Lab, Cardiff School of Technologies, UK Parliment Education Committee's Fourth Industrial Revolution
Policy impact document: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/fourth-industrial-revolution-inquiry-17-19/publications/
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