Italy’s ambassador meets Manchester robots during official tour

Inigo Lambertini, Italy’s Ambassador to the UK, was welcomed by a group of robots during an official visit to The University of Manchester.

Mr Lambertini encountered the smart bots during an introduction to the Manchester Centre for Robotics and AI , which specialises in applying state-of-the-art AI technologies into the design of robots and autonomous systems for real world applications.

The ambassador and his team - including Matteo Corradini from the Italian Consul in Manchester - were shown a number of advanced devices, ranging from humanoid robots that are designed to engage with people to highly resilient machines intended for use in hazardous environments like nuclear decommissioning.

It was a great pleasure to welcome Mr Lambertini to our campus and for him to see our robot demonstrations first-hand. He was clearly impressed with the diversity of our applications in robotics - and their advanced capabilities with the adoption of AI technologies.

The diplomatic visit to the robotics centre was part of a wider engagement with Greater Manchester, including a meeting with a senior University delegation led by Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor, Luke Georghiou.

In a separate engagement, Mr Lambertini and his delegation also met Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester.