We place a high value on public engagement, not least because our research is publicly funded. Here are some recent public engagement activities carried out by Dr Hunt and the lab (images are clickable links).


BSA Award Lecturer in Digital Innovation 

I was the British Science Association’s 2021 Award Lecturer in Digital Innovation, which given the COVID-19 pandemic was delivered as a short-form video on YouTube. My talk on ‘functional heterogeneity’ (adaptive diversity) in teams (animal and robot) is a good introduction to one of my recent research interests. I will give a full in-person talk at the 2022 BSA Science Festival in Leicester. 

Talk on Swarm Engineering at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory 

I gave a talk on Swarm Engineering to a public crowd of around 150 at the famous Rutherford Appleton Lab in Oxfordshire in 2019.

Nesta Future Curious Podcast

I spoke to Nesta for a podcast interview entitled “Robot Swarms and Technology of the Next Decade”.

Nesta Tipping Point Prize Essay

I won First Place in the ‘Tipping Point Prize’ essay competition run by Nesta in 2019,
for my essay entitled: “Swarms of Robots: Much More Than the Sum of Their Parts”.

EPSRC Photography Competition 2019

With Jerry Wright and Sabine Hauert, our photograph of Kilobots interacting with projected light ‘pheromone trails’ placed in the ‘Equipment & Facilities’ category. I gave it the title “One Hundred Tiny Painters”.

Five Things Ants Can Teach Us About Management

I gave an interview for this short film with BBC Ideas, on what ants might teach us about management.
It can be watched on iPlayer or Youtube.