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IEEE UK and Ireland Robotics & Automation Chapter

About the Chapter
The Society is interested in both applied and theoretical issues in robotics and automation. Robotics is here defined to include intelligent machines and systems used, for example, in space exploration, human services, or manufacturing; whereas automation includes the use of automated methods in various applications, for example, factory, office, home, laboratory automation, or transportation systems to improve performance and productivity.Robotics and Automation involves designing and implementing intelligent machines which can do work too dirty, too dangerous, too precise or too tedious for humans. It also pushes the boundary on the level of intelligence and capability for many forms of autonomous, semi-autonomous and teleoperated machines. Intelligent machines have applications in medicine, defense, space and underwater exploration, service industries, disaster relief, manufacturing and assembly and entertainment.

Specifically involved are the following areas:

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Control
  • Modeling and simulation of robots and intelligent machines and systems
  • Manipulation, grasping, and dexterous hands
  • Design of robotic mechanisms
  • Mathematical and computational issues in robotics
  • Intelligent robotic instrumentation and measurement
  • Vision and other non-contact sensors
  • Tactile and other contact sensing systems
  • Sensor integration, fusion, and perception; mechatronics; assembly and task planning
  • Teleoperation and telerobotics
  • Haptics
  • Robot motion planning, path and trajectory planning, localization and navigation
  • Mobile and autonomous robotics
    • Legged locomotion and humanoid robots
    • Micro- and nano-robotics; cellular, distributed, and cooperating robotics

Activities

IEEE. U.K.R.I. R.A.S. Activity Report 2010/2011

Sponsored Event

Symposium on Cognitive Robotics

20th October 2010
Venue : University of Manchester
Theme : Cognitive developments in robotics, system memory, learning, categorization and recognition, evolving intelligence and building brains in silicon.
Speakers : From the universities of Bath. Birmingham. Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Lancaster, Manchester and Sheffield.
Registrants : 38 from academia.

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Cosponsored events

CICADA Workshop on Balancing and Falling

25 th February 2011
Venue: University of Manchester.

Theme :Bipedal functionality in humanoid robotic platforms. Reflexive control, disturbance recovery.

Speakers : From the Universities of Manchester,and Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan University and The Italian Institute of Technology Genoa

Registrants: 32 from academia.

25 February 2011
CICADA Workshop on Balance and Falling
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Technology Strategy Board consultation workshop on Advanced Robotics and embodied Intelligence

9 th March 2011

Venue: University of Manchester.

Theme: To review U.K. robotics research currently undertaken in both industry and academia . To identify current promising and future research themes with the aim of informing the Technology Strategy Board on possible future research policy in this field.

Registrants : 54 from both industry and academia.

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F.M.E.G. Symposium and Exhibition on Advanced Automation in Food Manufacture

11th May 2011

Other Cosponsors : PPMA/BARA, , A.B.B.

Venue : A.B.B. Headquarters Milton Keynes

Theme :Advanced manufacturing techniques in food production. Global and European perspectives. .robotic applications gripper design ,hygienic system design and vision systems

Speakers : from U.K and European industry

Special features : Four fully operational state of the art robotic demonstratiors. Eight research brokerage tables for industry /academic interaction.

Registrants. : 80 ( site maximum capacity ) from industry-U.K and European – research institutes, trade associations , Defra and academia

Advanced Automation in Food Manufacturing

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29-30 June 2011
Symposium on Humanoid Robotics

31 August – 2 September 2011
TAROS 2011 – The 12th conference Towards Autonomous Robotics Systems

19 October 2011
First IEEE Robotics and Automation UK and Ireland Chapter conference on Cognitive Robotics and Learning

Contact us / Committee
Chairman

Prof John Gray
john.gray-2@manchester.ac.uk

Vice Chairman

Prof Samia Nefti-MezianiĀ (Salford University)

Executive Committee Members

Prof. William Harwin (The University of Reading)
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn (The University of Hertfordshire)
Prof Darwin Caldwell (IIT)
Prof Maria Petrou (Imperial College London)
Dr. M. Brown (The University of Manchester)

Secretary

Nathalie Audren Howarth (Salford University)