Archive News 

Sheffield Robotics Launch

By | Press Releases

This week saw the re-launch of Scentro, as Sheffield Robotics, they opened their labs to staff and postgraduate students on Wednesday 10th December from 3-5pm, along with other invited guests.

Sheffield Robotics has grown so much it is now the unifying group for all robotics related research in Sheffield; it brings together the Active Touch Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Speech and Hearing Group in the Department of Computer Science, Autonomous Systems and Robotics Group in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, and other research centres such as INSIGNEO, the AMRC, and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). It also incorporates Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Automation and Robotics Research, the Art and Design Research Centre, and Lab4Living.

Sheffield Robotics boasts the only lab in the world where you can find an iCub robot, next to a swarm of 900 Kilobots. Dr James Law states “The range of our equipment highlights the breadth and inter-disciplinary nature of research undertaken at Sheffield Robotics; including materials handling and manufacturing, cooperative robotics, swarm robotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and design. I believe this makes us unique.”

We are opening our doors to exhibit our EPSRC Capital Award Funded equipment such as, the humanoid robot iCub, the Kilobot swarm, octocopters, a ground rover iiwa Kuka Lightweight Arm, along with two more humanoid robots, Nao and Zeno from the EU funded project EASEL (Expressive and Social Embodied Learning). Guests will also see robotics demonstrations, such as quadcopters that will track and follow humans, and teams of e-puck robots working together to move objects much larger than themselves. One of the developing areas for Sheffield Robotics is in tele-operation, where they are examining how ideas from neuroscience and control systems engineering can be implemented to take the cognitive load off of the operator.

Professor Tony Prescott, Director of Sheffield Robotics identifies, ‘The re-launch could not come at a better time, as the Chancellor, George Osbourne, recognised in his Autumn Statement, it is vital that the UK lead and shape the change due to the impact of advanced robotic and autonomous systems, to boost our economy and to support out values, rather than simply responding as the world is transformed around us. The UK is already leading the way in European robotics research, and building on our entrepreneurial and academic excellence we can be world leading.”

Professor Jacques Penders, from Sheffield Hallam University’s centre for automation and robotics research, said: “Sheffield Robotics unites the city as a centre for truly innovative automation and robotics, working with a number of commercial partners to develop solutions fit for the modern environment.”

About Sheffield Robotics

To address these challenges, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University have come together to create a new enterprise—Sheffield Robotics—that seeks to integrate robotics research within the City of Sheffield and across the wider region. Founded in 2011, Sheffield Robotics operates dedicated research facilities for robotics in both universities and has academic and research student members from many disciplines and departments. With partners such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, Sheffield Robotics covers a broad spectrum of research in robotics and autonomous systems, including industrial, field, and service robotics. Sheffield Robotics has one of the largest portfolios of ongoing publicly-funded robotics research in the UK, supported by both the UK Research Councils and the European Union. We are also building research partnerships with leading industrial, commercial, and government organisations in order to ensure the real-world relevance and impact of our research.

Links and Contacts

Sheffield Robotics

Tony Prescott

Contact via Sheffield University Media Team
+44 (0)114 222 9852