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Centre hosts launch of New Girlguiding Scotland Digital Activity Badge

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics was delighted to provide the venue for the launch of Girlguiding Scotland’s first digital activity badge designed to encourage girls of all ages to develop the skills they need for their digital future.

The Digital Scotland Challenge Badge was created in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Education Scotland, and aims to empower every girl to make the most of the opportunities technology offers.

Centre Students achieve Entrepreneurial Success

Wolfgang Merkt and research assistants Yiming Yang and Vladimir Ivan are developing a high-performance, high-payload, and high-precision mobile manipulation collaborative robot along with an accompanying AI software platform to target applications such as smart manufacturing. The team is supported by Professor Sethu Vijayakumar as Chief Scientific Advisor.

Pepper makes an appearance at the LifeCare Centre in Stockbridge

Our social robot Pepper joined and played dominoes at the Dean social club in the LifeCare Centre, Stockbridge. The social club welcomes its elderly members for three half days every week, all of which are packed with social activities, like music, Tai-chi, Dominoes or Scrabble. The mission of the centre is to help Edinburgh’s lonely and isolated over-60’s by providing companionship that is integrated with local communities. 

ECR Students on Internships with Adobe, DeepMind, DSTL, Google and Microsoft

Five of the Centre’s students are currently undertaking internships with organisations at the forefront of AI and machine learning technology.

Andrew Brock is interning at DeepMind, where he is engaged in cutting-edge scientific research involving technologies.

Tatiana López-Guevara is about to begin a four month long internship with Google Zurich.

Boris Mocialov is working with Adobe on a system that will predict project development success at early stages using machine learning.

Dr Patricia Vargas on why we need more women in STEM

Dr Patricia Vargas has contributed to an article that has appeared in Refinery29 magazine entitled 'Why There's A Shocking Lack Of Women Working In Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths.' Her experience differed from many other young girls who were actively encouraged to become involved in STEM subjects when she was told that her passion for STEM and robotics as a 'man's career'. However, Dr. Vargas was clear that if someone tells her she can’t do something she wants to do it more! Dr.

CDT RAS student wins first place in photography competition

Congratulations to RAS CDT student Èric Pairet Artau who won 1st place in the @cdt_plural Twitter competition. Cdt_plural is the EPSRC CDT PIADS & EPSRC/MRC OPTIMA CDT led photography competition and Èric's image, "Those existential questions: to be, or not to be", came 1st in the #cdtfunny category. Eric won a £25 @AmazonUK voucher, @Seagate hard drive, @BIGchats membership AND a framed print!

ECR represented at Future Combat System Expo 2018

Yaniel Carreno - Expo 2018

Heriot-Watt University and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics was represented in the Future Combat Systems Expo 2018, that took place on the 3rd of July and organized by BAE Systems. This forum was an opportunity for us to present our research and engage with industry to identify the most pressing needs in the area of underwater systems.