Podcast Archives

Podcast Archives

  • Episode 12 – Manufacturing Robotics

    onto the factory floor 26/11/2021 The manufacturing industry’s need for accuracy and repeatability in repetitive manual tasks made it an early adopter of robotics technology. Now, as machines become more intelligent and more autonomous, manufacturing robots are taking on more challenging tasks and working more closely with humans. In this episode, I’ll be chatting to

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  • Episode 11 – Self Driving Cars

    behind the wheel 29/10/2021 In the last decade, autonomous cars have gone from being SciFi fantasy to a commercial reality on our roads, and as with most major technological developments, self-driving cars have been met with a mixture of excitement and fear. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve safety on the roads and take

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  • Episode 10 – Swarm Robotics

    flocking together 24/09/2021 In season 1 we talked about many different types of robot, working alone or directly with humans. One thing we didn’t get to touch upon very much is when robots work together with other robots, for example, as part of a swarm. In the first episode of the new season, Claire chats

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  • Episode 9 – Robot Talk Live

    into the wild 25/06/21 We often hear about robots working in controlled, predictable environments, like an assembly line or an operating theatre, but as a former field biologist, Claire is most interested in what happens when we take robots outside into wild environments, where everything — from the elements to the local wildlife — seems to

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  • Episode 8 – Soft Robotics

    a new kind of robot 28/05/21 Throughout the series so far, soft robotics has come up over and over in different areas, from medicine to agriculture. In this episode, I’ll be chatting to three roboticists working on different applications of this fascinating and fast-developing area of robotics: Dr Thomas Thuruthel (University of Cambridge), Angus Clark

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  • Episode 7 – Agricultural Robotics

    farming for the future 30/04/2021 Although as consumers we may sometimes feel quite detached from food production, agriculture is central to all our lives. As an industry, agriculture has often been at the forefront of technological development, and today researchers are developing robots that can lighten the load at virtually every stage of the growing

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  • Episode 6 – Human-Robot Collaboration

    working together 27/03/2021 Although robots have been in our lives for decades, they have often been kept quite separate from the humans they help, whether that’s huge industrial manufacturing robots that operate behind fences on the factory floor or remote handling robots in nuclear and surgical settings. But increasingly, we want to design robots that

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  • Episode 5 – Robots for hazardous environments

    into the extremes 26/02/2021 One way in which robots can be put to particularly good use is for performing tasks in environments that are too dangerous for humans to work, for example deep below ground or underwater, or in industrial environments like nuclear power plants. In this episode, I’m joined by Dr Simon Watson (University

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  • Episode 4 – Robot Senses

    perceiving the world 29/01/2021 If we want to create smart, adaptable robots, the first thing they need to be able to do is to sense and understand the world around them. In this episode, I explore how robots sense and perceive the world around them with help from Matt Watson (Opteran Technologies), Dr Perla Maiolino

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  • Episode 3 – Robot Locomotion

    getting moving 27/11/2020 One of the most fundamental things a robot can do is to move around in its environment, and engineers have developed lots of different solutions to robotic locomotion – legs, wheels, rotors, and everything in between. In this episode, I’m joined by Dr Romeo Orsolino (Dynamic Robot Systems Group, University of Oxford),

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  • Episode 2 – Space Robotics

    out of this World 30/10/2020 Of all the different areas that robotics is being applied to, space robotics might be the one that most captures people’s imaginations and inspires us to make what seems impossible, possible. From robots in orbit to planetary rovers and wearable tech, in this episode we’ll explore the latest developments in

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