Robotics and Autonomous Systems Articles


IET publishes Guide to Implementing Industrial Robots

IET Standards has released a free Guide to Implementing Industrial Robots – essential reading for everyone involved in, or looking to branch out into, automated manufacturing processes.


Call for Case Studies- UK SMEs!!

The HVM Catapult and IET are interesting in hearing from companies of any size and from any sector who have installed automation or are thinking of doing so. We want to hear from you if you have had positive or negative experiences, why you looked at automation and what benefits you’ve received from implementing automation. 


International Robotics Showcase

The first UK robotics week came to a close on Friday 1st July with the International Robotics Showcase event held at IET London: Savoy Place.

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Assistive Robotics: Mission Improbable?

Paul Doyle (Access, Research & Development Manager at Hereward College) outlines the disconnect between the research community (both commercial and university based) and the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities… 

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Help rebuild Eric the robot!

As the UK's first robot, Eric has a unique place in history. The Science Museum is joining forces with expert roboticist Giles Walker to help bring Eric back to life. They need your help.

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New Applied Visualisation Community!

The IET are looking to explore the opportunities for Applied Visualisation, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality but bringing together a volunteer led working group that operates across industry sectors. Following on from the success of the ‘Going Beyond Games’ Event at Savoy Place in April, the IET are looking to bring together relevant staff members with members of the pre-existing HVM Catapult Visualisation and VR Forum to begin scoping the opportunities in this area.

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Anti-drone technology deployed over Euro 2016 Stadiums

The Security Chief for the Euro 2016 championships, ZIad Khoury recently announced the deployment of anti-drone technology over all ten stadium’s and training grounds for the 2016 tournament launched earlier this month.

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MTC offers free robot technology consultancy for SMEs to help transform their businesses!

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is offering companies free consultancy in robot technologies, and a chance to win funding up to €150,000 for automation projects, in a new EU-funded project called ROBOTT-NET.


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Midlands Robotics Network Event Showcase

The launch of the Midlands Robotics Network took place on Tuesday 8th March at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, and ran alongside the first in a series of new collaborative events with the IET and Knowledge Transfer Network’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group (RAS-SIG).


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New LG Rolling Bot

It caused quite a stir at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, and following on from the international popularity of Sphero’s BB8 following the Force Awakens last year- LG have previewed their new ‘rolling bot’ into the world to much excitement and interest.


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The UK is a pioneer in the world of Artificial Intelligence

In light of Google DeepMind’s ground-breaking victory last week defeating Go champion Lee Se-dol, AI has never been so highly documented in the headlines. But with such a stronghold in the field of AI, British innovation should be more widely recognised as pioneer in the engineering and technology community.


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Will process automation spark a Home Brew revolution?

With the growing trend of home brewing, the role of technology could revolutionise the way in which introduce process automation into the home.


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Death of R2D2 Creator- Professor Tony Dyson

Following the huge success of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens’ film at the end of 2015, the introduction of home bots from the series has never been so popular. Recognising the legacy of the worldwide phenomenon, the sad news of the death of R2D2 creator Tony Dyson came in recent weeks.


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Northern Robotics Network Event Showcase

The launch of the Northern Robotics Network at MediaCity UK showcased the diversity and innovation of Robotics and Autonomous systems businesses currently being developed in the Northern Powerhouse. With multiple conference streams, exciting exhibitions and live demonstrations on the day, the event highlighted the opportunity for innovation to drive the UK Robotics ecosystem.


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Automated Britain

Automated Britain was a joint conference held on 6 March 2012 between GAMBICA and Intellect, and supported by the IET, to promote automation as a key factor in growing the UK economy.