Tech news tagged ‘robotics’

Cutting-edge robotics come to the Steel City

As part of the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind, the city will host themed events on robot technology.

As well as a series of lectures and a couple of exhibitions, there will be live public demonstrations of advanced robots in action.

Specifically, there will be a series…

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Flying Quadcopters learn autonomous behaviour

Flying robots that can show a degree of autonomy are being developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield. The idea is that the robots could ultimately play important roles in search and rescue missions, or operate in dangerous environments.

The team, based in Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control…

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Bristol steers light-driven ‘micro-robots’ with optical tweezers

Bristol University has revealed some of its work on the development of light-driven ‘micro-robots’ that can autonomously investigate and manipulate the nano-scale environment in a microscope.

In theory, says the university, such devices could allow the investigation of delicate biological samples, such as cells, in new ways…

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Robots cluster around simplicity

Simple robots that are able to form a dense cluster without the need for complex computation have been developed by a team of researchers working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo). This is based in the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering.

The work paves the way, says…

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Leeds showcases interactive robotic work

A celebration of university research will take place at the Natural History Museum in London in June. Leeds University is among those taking part, showcasing its interactive robotic work aimed at such things as disaster response, exploration, surgery, prosthetics and patient rehabilitation.

The showcase is part of Universities Week (9…

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Imperial extending the workspace of robots to homes

Researchers at the Dyson Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London – a £5 million collaboration between the College and the manufacturer – are looking to extend the workspace of robots beyond controlled environments, such as assembly where they work within a strict set of parameters.

The idea is that work robots could…

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Robot interaction research puts Nao humanoid centre stage

A £2 million, three-year project – “Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces” – will be funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It will examine how robotics can help to bridge a gap between the way people communicate in person and online.

According to the University…

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University of Derby sets robots a racing

Today sees the “Derbot” design challenge taking place at the University of Derby, setting student designed robots against each other. All contestants are drawn from the University’s Embedded Systems module.

The university writes:
Derbots are independent robot vehicles, guided by a built-in mini computer or microcontroller brain, rather…

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Heriot-Watt to lead Applied Photonics and Robotics CDTs

Heriot-Watt University will be leading two new postgraduate training centres, aimed at producing tomorrow’s top engineers and scientists. The centres are part of a £350m initiative announced by Science Minister David Willetts.

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Applied Photonics and the Centre for Doctoral Training in…

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