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Dr Claire Rocks

Claire is an Associate Professor in the department. Claire teaches Mobile Robotics, Data Visualisation and Project Management. Claire is also a WIHEA Fellow and WIE Foundation Fellow.

Claire is responsible for Outreach in the Department and is Co-Investigator on Play Code Share - a project that brings together Computer Science and the Arts to teach computing in a creative and playful way.

Claire was awarded a PhD in Space Robotics in 2006 from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. As part of her research she worked on the Beagle 2 Mars Lander, and took part in many outreach activities including Research Councils UK (RCUK)’s Researchers in Residence programme and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)’s NOISE scheme. Claire even appeared twice on Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge Road Show.

Following her PhD Claire managed EPSRC-funded project Walking with Robots. Working with over eight robotics research labs in the UK, the project reached over 80,000 people with events such as

  • Robotic Visions; a nationwide programme of five conferences that fostered two-way discussion between young people and robotics researchers;
  • a parliamentary seminar on the future of robotics;
  • the first UK festival of robotics.

Walking with Robots was awarded the Rooke Award for the Public Promotion of Engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

In 2010 Claire joined the Bloodhound LSR team.

In 2011 Claire moved to Cheltenham Science Festival to manage FameLab, an international competition to identify, train and mentor researchers and aspiring science communicators wishing to engage public audiences with their work. During this time she worked closely with both the British Council and NASA.


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