We are developing robotic systems that will help us explore natural and artificial environments that cannot be accessed by humans.
There are many scenarios where exploration robotics have the potential to have significant impact:
Some locations are difficult to access due to their physical location or size, whilst others may be hazardous to human health due to heat, air pressure, toxic chemicals, nuclear radiation or human action such as in war zones. Others are difficult for robots to operate in due to the presence of humans.
Exploration robots are often small requiring miniature mechanisms, actuators, sensors and electronics. However, they all need the capability of operating at a distance from direct human intervention for long periods of time in the presence of incomplete sensor information and delays in communication.
Examples of our work
Professor Rob Richardson
Robotics Facility Director
Dr Abbas Dehghani
Dr Jordan Boyle