- Robotics Week
Edinburgh Centre of Robotics
Robots that can learn, adapt and take decisions will revolutionise our economy and society over the next 20 years. At the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, we work on various research areas in the field of Robotics and Autonomous systems, with a focus on safety and safe interaction between robots, people and their environments.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS), hosted at the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, is leading in the UK effort to realise its industrial potential in this revolution, by producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers, trained to take a central role through technical skill coupled to industry and market awareness.
Our graduates are innovation-ready, equipped through cohort-wide training to conduct world-leading responsible research with effective scientific, creative, ethical and enterprise skills. The four year PhD programme closely aligns with our Industrial Project Partners, operating in a wide variety of RAS market sectors including renewable energy, oil and gas, healthcare, assisted living, construction, defence, transport, space, automotive, manufacturing, nuclear, digital media and education.
Robotics at Leeds
Robotic and autonomous systems, identified by the UK Government in 2012 as one of the Eight Great Technologies, are revolutionising our lives, the economy and human society. At Leeds we are driving innovation in this growing area of technology leveraging a network of more than 100 researchers across multiple disciplines with a shared interest in robotics and artificial intelligence. We are performing world leading research in medical robotics, field and infrastructure robotics, artificial intelligence and enabling technologies for autonomy in robotics.
Our industrial partners, researchers and students can access a suite of technologies for robot design and construction that is among the most advanced in the world. Our national Robotics Facility is backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Government’s drive to improve Britain’s international competitiveness in robotics.
York Robotics Lab
The York Robotics Laboratory is a purpose-built research facility located on Baird Lane, close to the TFTV building on Campus East, a short walk from the Department of Computer Science and the Ron Cooke Hub. It was established in 2012 and is run as a joint venture between the Departments of Computer Science and Department of Electronic Engineering, although the space is available to robotics related research from across the whole university.
The lab contains a large 80 square meter arena space, with high ceilings allow research into unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs, AKA 'drones') and provides state of the art facilities for robotics design, construction, research and teaching. The lab is equipped with multiple tracking systems and controllable lighting systems, allowing for the repeatability and accurate analysis of experiment results. The lab is supported by a full-time technician, Dr James Hilder, who is co-employed by the departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.
Revolutionising Asset Integrity Management in the offshore energy sector.
The ORCA Hub is a £36M programme aimed at addressing the offshore energy industry's vision for a completely autonomous offshore energy field.
Launched in October 2017, ORCA Hub is part of the government’s £93m R&D funding on “Robotics and AI for Extreme Environments” through the Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF). The fund is delivered by UK Research and Innovation, and managed by EPSRC.
Led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh), in collaboration with Imperial College London and the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool, ORCA Hub brings together internationally leading experts with over 30 industry partners to create a multi-disciplinary consortium with unique expertise in:
• Subsea, ground and aerial robotics
• Human-machine Interaction
• Innovative sensors for Non Destructive Evaluation and low-cost sensor networks
• Asset management and certification
EMS was founded in mid-1985 and quickly established itself as the leading supplier of high quality precision small DC motors and linear actuators. We are sole UK distributors for the FAULHABER Group as well as MPS and Piezomotor; manufacturers and suppliers of precision micro-drives, including DC motors; brushless motors; stepper motors; linear motors and associated gearheads and encoders. Complimentary products include iron-core DC motors from KAG, stepper motors and brushed DC motors from Nidec Servo and brushed and brushless gear motors from Nidec Motors & Actuators. In addition we distribute high quality linear actuators and telescopic columns from SKF and Mingardi, used extensively in medical; healthcare; agriculture; building automation and many other industries.
In 1990 we established our own manufacturing facility specialising in the design and manufacture of bespoke drive systems. Growth has been maintained with repeated expansion and capital investment to the point where we now have a modern 3,000m² facility. We have a large capacity machine shop equipped with the latest CNC machine tools and a dedicated gear cutting suite, as well as substantial assembly area. EMS offers design engineers a complete service; our scope of supply stretches from the supply of proprietary motors, gearheads, encoders and actuation systems, right the way through to added value in the way of pinions and wiring looms, to bespoke design and manufacture of complete drive systems to meet your exact applications needs.
RAIN – Robotics and AI in Nuclear Research Hub
The nuclear industry has some of the most extreme environments in the world, with radiation levels and extremely harsh conditions restraining human access to many facilities. To date, robotic systems have had very little impact on the industry, even though it is clear that they offer major opportunities for improving productivity and significantly reducing risks to human health.
The RAIN initiative has been created to address these issues by developing the advanced robotics and artificial intelligence that will be essential for future nuclear operations. Their adoption will have the potential to completely transform the nuclear industry globally.
The reliable, functional robotic systems that are the programme’s goal will also have important applications in other sectors. These will extend beyond extreme environments such as space exploration, in-orbit satellite design, offshore operations and mining to include less challenging areas where RAIN research will be highly relevant, such as healthcare and autonomous vehicles.
The programme’s overall objectives are to lower costs within the nuclear industry, reduce timescales, reduce risk, improve safety, promote remote inspection and reduce the chances of human exposure to radiation and other hazards. Once developed, the technologies that will help to realise these objectives are to form the foundation of a world-leading robotic and AI research and innovation ecosystem.
The Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub brings together leading experts from academia, industry and governments, and aims at pushing the boundary of AI robotics for future space utilization and exploration. In the immediate term, the Hub will help advance knowledge and technologies in orbital manipulation, extra-terrestrial vehicles, and robotic support for astronaut missions. These directly address technical priorities in the space sector worldwide. In the long term, the Hub will help transfer the field to a new era by achieving long-lived robotic operations in space.