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Abstract: Robots are widely used for a number of tasks ranging from conventional industrial applications to service robotics. Researchers aim to further spread robots by improving their performance and/or by finding novel potential applications. These challenging goals can be conveniently achieved by means of design procedures, which can take into account multiple design criteria, since…
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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,…

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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…