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Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland Visits the School of Informatics

Robots go out on a limb to make Secretary of State welcome.

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Interactive displays involving a robotic arm and a bionic hand were highlighted at a visit by Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore to a world-leading computer research centre at the School of Informatics and Heriot Watt University this week.

The minister was also able to admire the skills of football playing robots when he visits the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh.

The technologies are among a number of projects to have benefited from a recent major investment. This summer the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics, together with Heriot-Watt University, won more than £6 million of UK Government funding to develop a joint robotics research centre in Edinburgh.

The centre - dubbed the Robotarium - will house a unique suite of world class facilities to develop robots that are capable of close and coordinated interaction with people and the natural environment in a variety of settings.

We are grateful that Mr Moore is able to visit the centre and we look forward to the opportunity to show him just how highly advanced our robotic technology is and aims to be. Robots are increasingly crucial in a variety of sectors, including energy, healthcare, space exploration and digital media.

Professor Sethu VijayakumarDirector of the Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour at the School of Informatics

In advance of the visit Mr Moore said:

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Michael MooreSecretary of State for Scotland

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