Lakmal Seneviratne is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the founding Director of the Khalifa University Centre for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS) at Khalifa University, UAE. He is also the Technical Director of the Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC). Prior to joining Khalifa University he was Professor of Mechatronics, the founding Director of the Centre for Robotics Research and the Head of the Division of Engineering, at King’s College London. His main research interests are centred on robotics and automation, with particular emphasis on increasing the autonomy of robotic systems interacting with complex dynamic environments. He has published over 400 peer reviewed publications on these topics. He is a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists in the UAE.