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.
To encourage innovation from research underway in the Centre, the CDT has allocated some modest resources to support current RAS CDT students in the preparation of prototype hardware and/or software that could lead to a commercial idea.
Two groups of students are already benefiting from funding from the first round of calls at the start of 2018 with exciting projects progressing well.
Watt Ventures: Bright Ideas is a business pitching competition run by the Enterprise Team at Heriot-Watt University that gives students with early-stage business ideas the chance to win up to £500. To be considered for this award, students are asked to submit a two-minute video of them pitching their business idea.
We are delighted to report that our CDT students Siobhan Duncan and Boris Mocialov, and affiliated student Ingo Keller have been awarded 3rd prize at the Watt Ventures Awards for their pitch for their business idea EduBot – Robotics Education for Kids.
A team of students represented the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at RoboCup 2018 in Montreal, Canada from the 15th to the 22nd of June.
Team Edinbots competed in the Rescue Simulation League, a challenge where a group of robots navigate autonomously through an unknown disaster environment in search of victims. Edinbots competed against a team from Cambridge University in an exhilarating, fast-paced and tight final set of 4 matches, with Cambridge winning by an extremely narrow margin.
Heriot-Watt University has just been awarded the Herald Higher Education Award for ‘Campaign of the Year’ for Year of Robotics 2017.
ECR member Dr. Stefano Albrecht is guest co-editor of a new special issue on Autonomous Agents Modelling Other Agents, to be published in the journal Artificial Intelligence.
Robotics: Utilities and Beyond organised by the IGEM Scottish Section and IET Scotland South East Network took place at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh. Keynote speakers included Sam Wilson, Head of UK Business Development at ULC Robotics; Wez Little, Innovations Director at Synthotech Limited; Wolfgang Merkt and Joao Moura, from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.
Dr Patricia A Vargas, Dr Renan Moioli, Dr Micael Couceiro, Prof Josh Bongard and Prof Phil Husbands are leading and organising a special session that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8-13 July this year.
The IEEE Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics is part of the WCCI 2018, which is the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence.
Sethu Vijayakumar appeared at TEDx Glasgow on Friday 1st June, giving a talk entitled 'Sending your robot to Mars? List of things to pack'.
In the talk, Sethu outlined the capabilities that would be required in an unmanned robotic pre-deployment mission to Mars. Three live robotics demonstrations were also included. Students from the centre joined Sethu to assist with the robots.