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New network will boost UK robotics capability

24 June 2015

The UK’s ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today [Wednesday 24 June] with the formal launch of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).

The Network, which includes the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), will bring together the UK’s core academic capabilities in robotics innovation under national coordination for the first time and encourage academic and industry collaborations that will accelerate the development and adoption of robotics and autonomous systems.

The Network will be unveiled this evening at the Science Museum in London following a public lecture on Robot Ethics, organised by IET Robotics and Mechatronics Network in association with the Science Museum Lates and supported by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network.

The new network has already received strong support by major industrial partners, theScience Museum and the UK’s major professional engineering bodies including Royal Academy of EngineeringIET, and The Institute of Mechanical Engineers. The Network will expand to include broader stakeholders including key national laboratories in the UK and leading international collaborators in both academia and industry. The global market for service and industrial robots is estimated to reach $59.5 billion by 2020. 

Further information

For more information please see the press release.

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