Robotics research in Scotland is set to further expand with the announcement of a £18m funding boost.
A ground-breaking study is to test new therapies for Parkinson’s disease on robots – replacing the need for animal testing. Over the next year, academics from Heriot-Watt University and the International Institute of Neuroscience in Brazil will join forces on the pioneering study: Neurorobotics Model of Parkinson’s disease. Currently, scientists use rats in experiments to find new treatments but in this study, data already recorded from other animals in Brazil and robots in UK will be used instead.
The RAS CDT is delighted to be hosting the third student annual conference held jointly with the Robotics CDTs in Bristol (FARSCOPE), Edinburgh (RAS) and Oxford (AIMS). The conference will take place at Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June. More information about the conference can be found here https://www.edinburgh-robotics.org/cdt-student-conference-3rd-4th-june-2019
Professor Verena Rieser and Professor Oliver Lemon have been named as People to Watch in 2019 in the Digital List in FutureScot, a journal that reports on the digital technology sector in Scotland. The article recognises the team’s research work in the area of AI, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing and acknowledges that this has enabled Heriot-Watt University to be a top three finalist in the Amazon Alexa Challenge for two years in a row.
The creation of the UK’s first National Robotarium reached a significant milestone on 17th December after its business case was approved by the Edinburgh and South East of Scotland City Region Deal Joint Committee.
The multimillion pound hub, to be built at Heriot-Watt University in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, will be the UK’s leading innovation hub for robotics and autonomous systems, delivering leading-edge research and support for business creation and growth, as well as data skills.
Centre Academic Mauro Dragone has authored an article in The Conversation on the major opportunities that will be opened up by incorporating robots into the Internet of Things.
The full article can be read here http://theconversation.com/the-next-great-leap-forward-combining-robots-with-the-internet-of-things-108307
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 academic Professor Helen Hastie and CDT student Paola Ardon Ramirez attended a Universities of Scotland event at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 30th October.
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.