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Start Date/Time:
05/05/2021 1:00 pm
End Date/Time:
05/05/2021 2:00 pm


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We probably all have an image in our mind of what a robot looks like and what it can do. We’ll all have seen videos of robots doing some amazing things, but the reality is that the most widely used robot is still the industrial robot arm and the biggest user is the car industry. These robots have changed little in the last 40 years and are still heavy metallic machines that perform highly structured manufacturing tasks. However, things are changing, new material, actuators, sensing and control methods are changing the very nature of robot design and operation. This lecture will describe some of the robots we have developed at Salford and how they can look very different from traditional robots and behave in very different ways. These advanced robots will be shown operating in manufacturing, extreme environments and in healthcare. For example, we have developed a soft exoskeleton glove which could be used to help physiotherapists or reduce astronaut fatigue during space walks and we have developed gripper that is intelligent and able to grasp unknown objects.