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RoboCup 2019 Talks: RoboReveal

6 July 2019
2.00pm – 3.00pm AEST
Room E3.2, Lvl 3, Exhibition Centre, ICC Sydney
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Self-driving cars, surgery bots, Siri. We’re familiar with the robots of science fiction and fantasy, but in the not too distant future, robots will play an even bigger part in our everyday lives.

We have already welcomed robots into our homes, cars and pockets, so what’s next? Will they be joining soldiers on the battlefield, sitting next to us in the office or replacing our human friends?

Join technology entrepreneur Marita Cheng, computer scientist Manuela Veloso and professor of AI Toby Walsh for a discussion on the exciting (and sometimes daunting) developments in robotic technology.

This event is suitable for families and will include an audience Q&A.

Presented by UNSW Centre for Ideas as a part of RoboCup 2019 Sydney, an international robot soccer competition and robotics conference.

Part of the UNSW Grand Challenge: Living with 21st Century Technology.

Want more robots?

Enjoy an evening tackling ethical minefields and talking killer robots and with two events at the Sydney Town Hall.

When we build robots and artificial intelligence, is there anywhere we shouldn't go?
Lower Town Hall, Thu 4 Jul, 6pm, $10 + booking fee

Should robots have the right to kill?
Lower Town Hall, Thu 4 Jul, 7.30pm, $10 + booking fee


Wheelchair Accessible

Exhibition Centre is located between Convention Centre and ICC Sydney Theatre. The main entrance is located closest to the Convention Centre. A second entrance is via escalators or lifts closest to ICC Sydney Theatre and Moriarty Walk. Exhibition Centre is walking distance from both Town Hall and Central Station. The closest light rail stops are Exhibition stop and Convention stop.

Companion Card

The Centre for Ideas supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. 


The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request.


To discuss your access requirements and to book any access services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9385 1000 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9385 1000. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9385 1000. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9385 1000.

Marita Cheng portrait

Marita Cheng

Marita Cheng is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. She’s been named Forbes World's Top 50 Women in Tech 2018 and was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. Cheng is the founder and CEO of Aubot (formerly called 2Mar Robotics), which makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. She is also the founder of Robogals, an international student-run organisation that inspires, engages and empowers young women to study engineering. Robogals has now taught 70,000 girls from 11 countries. Cheng travels regularly, presenting her work both in Australia and overseas.

Manuela Veloso Portrait

Manuela Veloso

Dr Manuela M Veloso is the Head of J.P. Morgan AI Research, which pursues fundamental research in data mining and cryptography, machine learning, explainability, and human-AI interaction. Ms Veloso is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania, USA) as the Herbert A Simon University Professor in the School of computer science. She is the past President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the co-founder, Trustee, and Past President of RoboCup. She received her Licenciatura and MSc in electrical engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) then attended Boston University and received her MA in computer science followed by Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her PhD in Computer Science.

Toby Walsh

Toby Walsh (Host)

Toby Walsh is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW Sydney and CSIRO Data61. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on this topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international Who's Who in AI list of influencers. He has authored three books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled Machines Behaving Badly: the morality of AI