Robotics and Automation Chapter2024-06-08T14:31:05+01:00

Robotics and Automation Chapter

Welcome to the IEEE UK and Ireland Robotics & Autonomous Systems Chapter.

The Chapter is concerned with promoting the study and uptake of RAS technology within the region and encompasses aspects of training, research, development and a wide range of application domains. The latter include Nuclear (assembly and decommissioning), Transport (autonomous cars, marine, trains and aircraft), manufacturing (robotics and fully autonomous plants), smart cities (intelligent homes services and intelligent robots) and humanoid robot development to push the boundaries of engineering and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.

In the UK the EPSRC has recently made major investments in university robotics research groups and established a major national network. The government has defined robotics as one of the key strategic technologies and future UK funding for this topic seems assured. Business and commerce are interested in the development of fully autonomous processes and public interfaces and industry are developing new paradigms based on fully autonomous self-organized production processes.

Currently we are working closely with the Northern Robotics Network which is a branch of innovate UK RAS SIG KTN to promote RAS within academia and industry in the North of England. This is a pilot scheme which hopefully will be developed within all UK regions and become powerful foci for the development and industrial exploitation of RAS technology. There are thus now great opportunities for young engineering AI specialist to develop prosperous careers in this subject.

We also co-sponsor events with Defra’s Food manufacturing Engineering Group which focuses on the uptake of automation and IOT technology in state of the art food production. This currently is one of the largest UK growth sectors for the uptake of robotics technology.

Chapter Committee

  • Chair:Prof Mary He, Professor in Future Robotics, Engineering and Transport Systems, University of Salford 
  • Vice Chair: Dr Helge Wurdemann, Professor and Chair of Robotics, University College London
  • Secretary:Dr Guowu Wei, Reader of Robotics, University of Salford
  • Treasurer:Dr Anh Nguyen, Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence, University of Liverpool
  • Committee Member:Prof Kaspar Althoefer, Professor of Robotics Engineering, Queen Mary University, London
  • Committee Member:Prof Sanja Dogramadazi, Professor of Medical Robotics, University of Sheffield
  • Committee Member:Prof Yang Gao, Professor of Space Autonomous Systems, School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of Surrey
  • Committee Member:Dr Simon Watson, Senior lecturer of EEE, University of Manchester
  • Committee Member:Prof Darwin Caldwell, Professor of Robotics, Director of Italy Institute of Technology
  • Committee Member:Prof Jian Dai, Professor of Robotics, Kings College London
  • Committee Member:Prof Alessandro Di Nuovo, Professor of Machine Intelligence, Sheffield University
  • Committee Member:Rich Walker, CEO of Shadow Robot
  • Committee Member:Dr Nikolaos Athanasopoulos, Lecturer, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Committee Member: Dr Niels Lohse, Professor of Manufacturing Automation and Robotics, School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University
  • Committee Member:Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer, MTC
  • Committee Member:Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova, Senior Research Coordinator, Ocado Technology
  • Committee Member:Court Edmondson, Director of Robotics & Automation, Irish Manufacturing Research
  • Committee Member:Dr Philip Long, Lecturer, Department of Robotics & Automation School of Engineering
    Atlantic Technological University
  • Immediate Past Chair:Prof John Gray, Professor of Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Manchester
Prof Hongmei (Mary) He
Prof Hongmei (Mary) HeChapter Chair

Upcoming Events

2101, 2024

IEEE COINS 2024 | IEEE International Conference on Omni-Layer Intelligent Systems Call for Participation

IEEE COINS includes a multi-disciplinary program, from technical research papers to panels, workshops, and tutorials on all the important aspects of the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) ecosystem.

1012, 2022

Watch Again | IEEE RAS Chapter Prestigious Lecture – Intelligent Automation Methods for COVID-19 Recognition

This presentation describes intelligent automation methods, such as transfer learning, graph neural networks, attention neural networks and weakly supervised networks to label CT-based scans.

2108, 2021

Watch Again | RAS Prestigious Lecture – AI Robotics for Sustainable Space Exploration and Exploitation

This lecture reviews the AI robotics roadmap for space missions and what’s over the horizon. It presents latest research work and technology development involving robotic vision, machine learning and biomimetic mechanisms, applicable to mission scenarios such as formation flying, on-obit assembly, active debris removal, planetary sample return and ISRU.

2403, 2021

Watch Again | RAS Webinar – Building Back Better: How Automation Could Help the Recovery of the UK

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the UK economy and coupled with Brexit means we are facing the most significant recovery challenge since the Second World War.

Past Chairs

Prof John Gray
Prof John Gray2015-2022
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