Doors Open Day: Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at Bayes
Edinburgh Centre for Robotics' Robotarium-East is based within Bayes.
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A key focus of our the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics is to produce innovation-ready graduates - who can not only make fundamental advances in the theory and development of robotics technology, but also have the skills to take these advances through to achieving impact in the form of new products and new companies. Moreover, the course they offer will develop teamwork and presentation skills and give students a broad appreciation of the ethical issues associated with the Robotics and Autonomous Systems area.
The central theme running throughout our research at the Centre for Doctoral Training is Safe Interaction, which is broken down into the following four themes:
1. Physical Interactions deals with the interaction between the robot and the environment and includes studies in control, actuation, compliance, sensing, mapping, planning, embodiments, swarms.
2. People Interactions deals with interactions between robots and humans in a variety of settings and applications and includes studies in human-robot interaction, affective robotics, smart spaces, human-robot teaming, collaborative decision-making, cobots, multimodal interfaces.
3. Self-Interactions deals with introspection for condition monitoring, prognosis, explainable AI, certification, verification, safety, security, multi-agent interactions.
4. Interaction Enablers deals with core technologies for Robotics and Autonomous systems and includes studies in vision, embedded and parallel computing, novel and soft fabrication methods, optimisation, (transparent) machine learning, deep reinforcement learning and other AI techniques inc. natural language processing (NLP).
The R5, commonly known as Valkyrie, was constructed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the USA in 2015, and was designed to be a robust, rugged, entirely electric humanoid robot capable of operating in environments that are unsafe or inaccessible to humans.
Standing 1.8 metres tall and weighing in 125 kilograms, the Valkyrie is one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world. It is hoped that in the future robots like the Valkyrie will be sent to Mars or other planets for ‘pre-deployment missions’ to prepare habitats and work environments for human missions.
The Valkyrie robot was delivered to the University of Edinburgh in Spring 2016 and remains at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics in the Bayes Centre. It is the only Valkyrie outside of the USA and researchers at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics are developing the artificial intelligence it needs to operate autonomously in cluttered environments.
In collaboration with the Edinburgh & South-East City Region Deal and its Data Driven Innovation Programme, the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics created a virtual interactive touchscreen experience of the Valkyrie robot. This was first unveiled at the National Museum of Scotland’s Robots Exhibition in January 2019. The exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland was a great success, attracting over 60,000 visitors and receiving excellent reviews.
Now, the NASA Valkyrie interactive touchscreen experience will be on permanent display in the foyer of the Bayes Centre. It is located directly in front of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics' Robotarium East, where you might see researchers working on a variety of other robots.
TALOS – The Humanoid Robot
A new humanoid robot, TALOS, is the latest robotics lab occupant in the University of Edinburgh's Bayes Centre.
TALOS the humanoid robot has arrived at the Univeristy of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre. TALOS can be found in the Centre for Robotics Research lab where the team will be using TALOS to conduct research on multi-contact loco-manipulation. The lab is equipped with multiple complementary platforms, 2-axis large area hoist, and additionally some mock up navigation circuits with slopes and steps on which the team intends to push the capabilities of TALOS and co-develop further improvements in collaboration with PAL.
The team are particularly excited about the addition of Talos as the 1.75m tall humanoid has inverse dynamics controllers, torque based motion command capabilities and an extremely generous range of motion compared to other humanoid platforms. Find out more about TALOS.