Research themes at Bristol Robotics Laboratory
The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is involved in a wide range of robotics research projects both nationally and internationally. Our research portfolio spans over a number of different themes as follows:
Research into intelligent aircraft, including autonomous Micro Air Vehicles, specializing in their guidance and control.
Research into interactive assistive robots and smart sensor systems to realise person-focussed innovative assistive care solutions for supporting independent living.
Research into overcoming the energy barrier to deployment of autonomous robots in remote areas utilising microbial fuel cells.
Developing robots that can operate in challenging environments, beyond the limitations of conventional sensory devices.
Control systems using multimodal sensory processing offering medical diagnosis and mobility assistance for independent living.
Robotic technology is able to provide precise and accurate sensing and movement capabilities, thus improving patient and surgeon experience.
Would you feel confident of approaching and touching a heavy duty production assembly robot in operation? Possibly not…
Developing Robots that are able to view, analyse what they see and make decisions in response to instructions by humans.
Researching Robot Ethics and Ethical Robots. The former is concerned with ethical use of autonomous systems, while the latter is concerned with how autonomous systems can themselves be ethical.
Investigating the aspect of physical and behavioural safety, to enable safe Human Robot Interaction, thus ensuring a robot is capable of performing cooperative tasks with humans.
Research into the next generation of advanced robotics engineering systems. Robots that can make human like decisions whilst carrying out manufacturing process.
Soft robotics seeks to make robots that are soft, flexible and compliant, just like biological organisms.
A combination of environmental, social and internal cues could result at the group level in components believed to be important in the emergence of self-organised behaviour.
Robots with human-like tactile dexterity would transform our economy and society. But how do you give robots a sense of touch?
Drawing inspiration from nature to address the issues of distributed manipulation in the micro-scale.
Investigating all aspects of safety for verification and validation purposes and to enable safe Human Robot Interaction in cooperative tasks.