A team of academics from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics have discovered that robots can make humans sleepy. About half of adults yawn after someone else yawns due to a universal phenomenon called contagious yawning. Volunteers who watched the EMYS android robot that mimicks the sounds and signs of sleepiness found that they too developed the urge to yawn. The discovery could help scientists design androids to help around the home.
CreatED 2018 was a 24-hour hardware Hackathon organised by both the Heriot-Watt Robotics Society and the Robotics Society at the University of Edinburgh. Around one hundred attendees queued outside the Appleton Tower at the University of Edinburgh waiting to collect their t-shirts and wrist bands! Some had backpacks and sleeping bags with them as they had travelled from afar (and even from overseas) to be a part of this great event!
Representatives from sponsoring companies gave workshops and mentored the participants as they engaged with their various projects.
RAS CDT students Siobhan Duncan and Boris Mocialov attended the Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival along with Nathan Todd and Klaudia Kleczkowska from the Heriot-Watt Robotics Society.
Wenbin Hu, Iordanis Chatzinikolaidis, Kai Yuan, and Zhibin Li's paper "Comparison Study of Nonlinear Optimization of Step Durations andFoot Placement for Dynamic Walking" has been accepted to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) on 21-25 May 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.
What if it rains? Indeed, what if it snows or the mist rolls in? Will your autonomous vehicle still be able to guide you safely to your destination? These are the central questions at the heart of the PATHCAD (Pervasive low-TeraHz and Video Sensing for Car Autonomy and Driver Assistance) EPSRC/JLR project conducted by Birmingham, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities together with the engineering team at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).
Scotland’s First Minister has welcomed a unique robotics partnership – set to forge strong links between Scotland and China.
The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics has joined forces with The State Key Laboratory of Robotics in Shenyang to work on joint research projects in marine robotics, nano robotics, electric power industry robotics and medical robotics.
Ever wondered what it would be like to have a robot boss or robot colleague? This is just one of the topics raised by the Socially Competent Robot (SoCoRo) team at this year’s Scottish Autism Conference. The event, hosted by the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on 28th March, gave researchers the opportunity to openly discuss the SoCoRo project aims, and gather feedback from a variety of interested parties: parents of autistic children, academics, teachers, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
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The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has launched a series of weekly events called 'Tech20'. It is hoped that these social showcases, where speakers present technology focused topic, will inspire a culture of innovation in the North-East of Scotland.
On March 30th Professor Sethu Vijayakumar participated as a keynote speaker at the OGTC in Aberdeen as part of the Tech20 event series. His talk was titled: Shared Autonomy: The Future of Interactive Robotics?
Maritime 2050 will be a bold new strategic vision to ensure that the UK maritime sector remains a leading global power, strengthening the UK economy for 2050 and beyond.
Professor David Lane has been appointed to the Maritime 20150 panel by the Secretary of State and will look strategically at the issues that will be of critical importance to the maritime industry, and all the industries it sustains, up to 2050.