In December 2021, the BBC World Service came to visit me in my lab. I gave them a live demo of our recent work on imitation learning, where I showed how to teach our robot to operate a toaster. This then led to a little interview, which was broadcast in January 2022, and which can be listened to here. My bit is at 12:10!
Over the summer of 2021, I was a mentor for three students as part of the in2scienceUK programme. This is an initiative to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds start a career in STEM fields. As part of this, I invited my mentees to visit me in my lab and shadow me for a day in August 2021. Here we are in my office!
In April 2021, I gave a virtual talk to Year 3 students at Sandcross School in Reigate, the town I grew up in. Luckily, a lot of my research involves live demos and videos, which which was fun for the students to see. Here they are saying goodbye at the end!
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in several lockdowns in the UK, where all meetings had to be done virtually, and access to the lab was restricted. In November 2020, I released a video explaining how my group and I have been dealing with all this!