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Centre Director to co-lead government initiative to scale-up robotics sector

Professor David Lane, CBE FREng FRSE, Director of the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics, has been named co-chair of the Robotics Growth Partnership alongside Paul Clarke CBE, Chief Technology Officer at the online shopping and robotics giant, Ocado.

The ministerial appointments were announced recently by the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Chris Skidmore MP, during a series of speeches emphasising the Government's commitment to realising investment of 2.4% of GDP in research and development by 2027.

International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Montreal, Canada

RAS CDT student, Christian Rauch attended the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Montreal, Canada from 20th -24th May.

ICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference, attracting 4145 participants from 71 different countries.

Christian presented his recent work on articulated tracking and took the opportunity to discuss his research with others working in the same area.

Prof. David Lane appointed to AI Council

Prof. David Lane joins leaders in business and data privacy organisations, as well as from academia, in his new role on the UK Government’s AI Council.

This is an important time in the evolution and application of this most disruptive and groundbreaking of technologies.

Prof. David Lane

The newly appointed members will help put in place the right skills, ethics and data so the UK can make the most of AI technologies.

Student wins prestigious RSE scholarship

RAS CDT student Derek Chun has been awarded the John Moyes Lessells Travel Scholarship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to carry out research in Japan with Prof. Koh Hosoda of Hosoda Lab, Osaka University. This is an amazing achievement as the scholarship is open to all branches of engineering in Scotland and Derek has suceeded in making his application stand out from all others.

Centre collaborates in ground breaking study to test new therapies for Parkinson's disease

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.