The UK’s National Robotarium has appointed Stewart Miller as its first CEO to help catalyse innovation and talent development in robotics and AI. The institute calls it “a major milestone in the development of the UK’s tech economy”.
Stewart Miller is a business leader with a history in technology development in the aerospace sector. He previously held senior positions at firms including Leonardo and BAE Systems and leaves his role as chief technology officer of the UK Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to join the National Robotarium.
Upon the announcement of his new position, Stewart Miller said, “It’s a huge honour to take up this role, helping set the direction of the National Robotarium which has enormous potential to transform lives. The opportunity is to bring together the needs of businesses and society and the emerging technology solutions from research at the UKs leading universities.
“As someone who has been working in technology for 40 years, leading a facility that is tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges using Robotics and AI is incredibly exciting. It is clear to me that this role presents an extraordinary opportunity to build productive global partnerships, creating economic, environmental and societal benefits. I look forward to working with research teams, students, and partners across industries and governments as we grow the National Robotarium’s influence and impact”.
The National Robotarium states that as CEO, he will build the institute into a “globally recognised centre of excellence for AI and Robotics, working directly with business to accelerate innovation and drive value from world-class research, create talent of the future through a flexible skills programme and support entrepreneurs capable of creating exciting new businesses to fuel our economy”.
His appointment comes as the UK Government’s Innovation Strategy identifies robotics and AI as two critical ‘technologies of the future’ which will help to transform society and fuel economic growth over the next decade. Construction of a world-leading research facility for robotics and artificial intelligence, which will be one of the largest and most advanced of its type in the UK, is underway and set to open in the Scottish capital in the spring of next year.
Last year, National Robotarium scientists launched the world’s first remote access assisted living lab to research and create smart technology solutions for the most vulnerable in the UK’s communities. Work in hazardous environments research is also gathering pace with projects ranging from self-building robotic scaffolding to aid nuclear decommissioning and disaster recovery to the use of SPOT robots, created by US-based company Boston Dynamics, which will be deployed on construction sites to improve safety and efficiency.
Professor Richard A Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, said: “The appointment of an outstanding CEO underpins the ambition for the National Robotarium to accelerate digital and AI-driven skills to serve society in a positive way and to create new businesses and jobs for Scotland and address global opportunities.
“Stewart’s appointment is a significant moment as we drive forward our collective research and education strengths to lead innovation in this area and to ensure, working with partners, we catalyse the talent pipeline needed to serve this fast-growing sector. A massive opportunity for Scotland”.
You can find more information about the appointment of Stewart Miller as the National Robotarium’s first CEO on its website.
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