David Lane

Professor, Director

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

About David

Professor David Lane PhD CBE FREng FRSE is a passionate scientist, innovator, educator & personal investor in the twin disciplines of Robotics & AI. A founding startup-to-scaleup award winning CEO (http://www.seebyte.com) he is Chairman or NED in 5 businesses & 1 fund in UK, Norway, Hong Kong in Edtech, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Food. As Founding Director he co-created the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics https://www.edinburgh-robotics.org and National Robotarium, a £120m research and translation hub at Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities with 150+ staff and PhD students. He is Principle Investigator in the ISCF/Industry ORCA Hub https://orcahub.org developing advanced robotics for offshore energy asset integrity management. He has published 300+ peer reviewed papers engineering advanced cognition, sensing & bioinspiration into unmanned systems, featuring hardware-in-the-loop and simulation technology as core for innovation and translation. His entrepreneurship has been recognized through the 2011 Praxis Unico Business Impact Achieved Award, the 2013 Scottish Digital Technology Award for International Growth, the 2018 Guardian University Business Collaboration Award and the 2019 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Champion Award. He is co-chair of the UK Government Robotics Growth Partnership appointed by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and a member of the UK AI Council.