University of Lincoln joins leading robotics research centres

The University of Lincoln has been added to a growing national network of the UK’s leading robotics research centres.

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research has joined the UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network), to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities between research centres.

The UK Government has identified robotics and autonomous systems as a priority area which can help drive international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth.

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) is based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln. Its researchers take part in a range of research projects with industry partners.

The University of Lincoln join a growing network of the UK’s leading robotics research centres. Photo by: Connor Creaghan

The centre specialises in technologies for perception, learning, decision-making, control and interaction in autonomous systems, especially mobile robots and robotic manipulators, and the integration of these capabilities in sectors such as agri-food, healthcare, intelligent transportation and logistics.

Professor Tom Duckett, Director of L-CAS at the University of Lincoln, said on the university’s website: “We are very pleased to have joined the UK-RAS Network, which brings together the UK’s leading academic research centres for robotics and autonomous systems.”

We believe the University brings some unique specialisms to the network through our particular expertise, facilities and approach to working with industry. By nature robotics research tends to be collaborative and inter-disciplinary in scope, so the network can only help the UK emerge as a world leader in developing and exploiting these technologies.”

Major L-CAS research projects include ENRICHME, which is developing next-generation mobile service robots to help elderly people to stay independent and active for longer. The school has also worked on ILIAD, which will introduce automatic ‘self-optimising’ forklift trucks which can operate safely and efficiently in warehouses alongside human co-workers.

Research facilities include dedicated robotics research labs in the University’s new Isaac Newton Building, a demonstration farm at the Riseholme Campus, and an experimental food factory at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.

Teams also have access to a fleet of diverse mobile and social robots, advanced compliant robotic manipulators, a swarm of micro robots, and state-of-the-art agricultural robots, including the Thorvald platform.

For more information on the UK-RAS Network, see: http://www.uk-ras.org/

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