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First UKIVA machine vision conference keynote speaker announced

Henry Harris-Burland, VP Marketing from Starship Technologies, the creators of self-driving delivery robots, is the first keynote speaker to be announced by the UKIVA machine vision conference organisers.

Harris-Burland will give a presentation outlining the capabilities of the robot and discuss the future, what they’ve learned so far, the challenges they have faced, social acceptance and more.

Starship robots are advanced personal delivery devices that carry items within a 2-mile (3km) radius, using pavements to make their deliveries.

The Conference and Exhibition is to be held at Arena MK, Milton Keynes, UK on Wednesday 16th May 2018 (

Starship Technologies was founded in 2014 by Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis who were both involved in the creation of Skype and has its business headquarters in San Francisco. Extensive street trials have led to orders from major organisations such as Just Eat, Hermes Parcel Delivery in the UK, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises in Germany, Postmates and Doordash in United States and the company has established other partnerships worldwide.

The company is carrying out a major trial at present in Milton Keynes itself, and will bring a robot along to event to dispense soft drinks and sweets during the lunch period so that visitors can see it in action. A ‘robot ambassador’ will be on hand to answer robot questions and engage with visitors. The keynote presentation will be made at the beginning of the afternoon session.