Industrial Advisory Group

Industry Advisory Group

“Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a shining example of some of the most cutting edge research taking place in our universities. Projects are incredibly engaging and are giving students the valuable high-tech skills and knowledge needed to drive future economic growth.”

David Willetts,
Minister of State for Universities and Science
2010 - 2014

Industrial Advisory Group

BRL has excellent links with business and industry, as reflected in the composition of its Industrial Advisory Group, which helps to ensure that BRL academic, research and commercial activities reflect current developments and industry requirements.


Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s Industrial Advisory Group (IAG) comprises leading industrialists and roboticists of international standing. The Group meets on a biannual basis and provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure BRL’s academic, research and commercial activities reflect current developments and industry/SME requirements. In particular, the IAG advises on courses in the context of industrial trends and employment prospects, and emerging priorities and near market commercial/research opportunities. The Group also supports BRL studentships/internships, and steers the development of BRL events and strategic initiatives within the UK and EU.


The thirteen strong Industrial Advisory Group represents major industry sectors and provides a focus for business collaboration, employer engagement and strategic partnerships. The Group has been put together by Professor Chris Melhuish, BRL’s Director, and is chaired by Professor David May. IAG membership comprises:

  • Dr Mike Aldred
    Electronics Research Manager, Dyson Ltd
  • Dr David Bisset
    Managing Director, iTechnic Ltd
  • Christopher Buxton
    Chief Executive, ‎British Fluid Power Association (BFPA)
  • Paul Fielder
    Technical Manager, Neurological Products Division, Renishaw plc
  • Professor Iain Gray
    Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
  • David Lennard
    Business Manager, Bristol Robotics Laboratory
  • Neil Mantle
    Global Process Theme Lead, Automation Systems, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Professor David May
    Chief Technology Officer, XMOS Semiconductor
  • Professor Chris Melhuish
    Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory
  • Geoff Pegman
    Managing Director, RURobots
  • Professor Tony Pipe
    Deputy Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory
  • Dr Rob Buckingham
    Director, UKAEA, Head of Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE)

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BRL facts and figures
Brief BRL Lab Specification

  • BRL covers an area of approximately 4,600 sqm
  • BRL consists of thirty three Research Bays
  • All six BRL Laboratories comply to Containment Level 2 (CL2) standard
  • BRL facilities include two Flying Arenas.
  • The Large Flying Arena is equipped with an Infrared Motion Tracking System and an overhead camera

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