Events

Abstract: Inspired by soft-bodied animals, soft functional active materials could enable physical intelligence for small-scale (from a few millimeters down to a few micrometers overall size) robots by providing them unique capabilities, such as shape changing and programming, physical adaptation, safe interaction with their environment, and multi-functional and drastically diverse dynamics. In this talk, our…
Following the success of the 1st (University of Birmingham in February 2016) and 2nd (Imperial College London in July 2017) workshops, the 3rd UK Robot Manipulation Workshop will be taking place at the University of Leeds on the 9th and 10th of April 2019. Last year’s workshop brought together 145 members of the UK robot manipulation community,…

page 2 of 2

Abstract: In this talk, I will describe our recent progress building a biologically-inspired bat robot. Bats have a complex skeletal morphology, with both ball-and-socket and revolute joints that interconnect the bones and muscles to create a musculoskeletal system with over 40 degrees of freedom, some of which are passive. Replicating this biological system in a…
Abstract: The popularity of the research on wheeled mobile robots has been recently increasing, due to their possible use in different outdoor environments. Planetary explorations, search and rescue missions in hazardous areas, surveillance, humanitarian de-mining, drive-less mobility, as well as agriculture works  represent possible applications for autonomous vehicles in natural and urban environments. Differently from…
Abstract: Micro-scale mobile robots can physically access small spaces in a versatile and non-invasive manner. Such microrobots under several mm in size have potential unique applications for object manipulation, local sensing and cargo delivery in healthcare, microfluidics and advanced materials fabrication. These devices are powered and controlled remotely using externally-applied magnetic fields for motion in…
Abstract: Imagine that it would be possible to treat any patient in an early phase of a disease at any location in the body using tiny instruments that cause limited trauma to healthy tissue. Our challenge is to develop a new generation of devices with highly advanced functionality at the tip. Examples of devices we…
Abstract: Telecommunication community can benefit from some findings in neuroscience and robotics. The neuroscience community has long been trying to understand how the central nervous system is managing the concurrent control of the whole body with many degrees of freedom to survive in situations that needs fast responses, but with slow communication pathways. The robotics…
Abstract: Throughout history, master builders have discovered expressive forms through the constraints of economy, efficiency and elegance. There is much to learn from the structural principles they developed. Novel structural design tools that extend traditional graphical methods to three dimensions allow designers to discover a vast range of possible shell forms. By better understanding the…
Abstract: In my group, we have been exploring the rules of plasticity that govern motor activity via the spinal circuits related to the hands and legs. Our focus is on the modulation of these spinal circuits during the task in normal and in disease or dysfunctional states like spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy or strokes….
This presentation gives an overview of healthcare robotics portfolio at Bristol Robotics Laboratory that spans from surgical to assisted living robots as well as robotic systems to support radiotherapy. The fast and widespread use of robotic technologies in healthcare applications aims at improving patient outcomes and reducing NHS costs. The robotic technologies include soft sensors…
Traditional engineered systems are composed of stiff components, a typical example being a robotic manipulator made of rigid links connected by actuated joints. However, a lot of animals have adopted a different strategy: use soft limbs/bodies and distributed compliance to safely interact with the surrounding environment. In this talk, I will describe two cases showing…
Inaugural lectures for Professor Pietro Valdastri and Professor Shane Xie. The world faces an increasing challenge in providing healthcare and UK’s expertise in medical technology has the potential both to improve the quality of life and to provide economic growth for an export market in medical technologies. These inaugural lectures will provide an insight into…