Samia Nefti-Meziani OBE
Director of Robotics, University of Birmingham
Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani is director of the Birmingham Robotics Institute and chair in robotics and AI at the University of Birmingham. She is an internationally leading expert with 25 years of experience and a well-established track record in Robotics, intelligent automation and AI. She recently received an Order of the British Empire for services to robotics which was awarded in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours list. She also featured as the 2020’s top 30 world’s women in robotics you need to know about by Silicon Valley Robohub. She has developed practical cross-sectorial robotics technologies through numerous commercial and research projects, funded by the EU, EPSRC, RE and Innovate UK and has pioneered the use of robotics and autonomous systems in many sectors including food, nuclear, transport, aerospace and healthcare. Prof. Nefti-Meziani is a co-founder of the National Robotics Network, which includes industry end-users and academic members, she is serving as a government advisory board member for the Robotics Growth Partnership and she is currently the Academic lead of the UK Cross-Sector Robotics and Autonomous Systems Development Task Force chaired by BEIS, and the National Committee in RAS Legislation, Standards and Ethics.