- Robotics Week
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.
National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR)
Leading a consortium of eight universities, the NCNR tackles the major challenge of how to safely clean up nuclear waste.
The UK has 4.9 million tonnes of legacy nuclear waste. Cleaning this up is the largest and most complex environmental remediation task in Europe. Much of this work must be carried out by robots because the materials are too hazardous for humans. However, the robotic solutions required just do not yet exist.
The NCNR will be at the forefront of developing these technologies. Its researchers will lead the way in world-leading robotics and AI, and training the next generation of nuclear roboticists.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.
Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.
EPSRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. For more information visit UK Research and Innovation.
For more information about what we do, our priorities and how we implement our strategy, please read through our Strategy and Delivery Plan section.
For specific information about the research and training we support, please read through the our portfolio section.
The world is standing on the verge of a revolution in robotics. The kind of life-changing innovations we’ve been dreaming about for decades are now only steps away. Sheffield is taking those steps: through responsible, ethical research, we are pioneering new products and processes that will transform the world by changing manufacturing, healthcare, infrastructure and our understanding of the human condition.
The age of academics working in isolation is over. To make amazing things happen, we have to work together in teams that cross traditional boundaries. Our interdisciplinary approach makes us faster, more flexible, and better informed. Our research involved investigators in every faculty at both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
We want to give ambitious people a platform to develop their ideas. We want this revolution to benefit everyone, to drive economic growth, to create jobs and improve lives. Robotics, Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence: all for a better future.
The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network was established in March 2015 with the mission to provide academic leadership in RAS, expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities at eight Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded RAS capital facilities, four Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) and with, currently, 28 partner universities across the UK.
In 2012 the UK Government identified RAS as one of the Eight Great Technologies that will play a significant role to improved international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth. The government allocated £25 million capital investment to establish eight RAS centres for excellence across the UK. These together with the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) form the EPSRC UK-RAS Network, chaired by Professor Guang-Zhong Yang, Imperial College London.