Wednesday, December 14, 2005

UK Launches Robot Lab

The University of the West of England (UWE) and the University of Bristol have joined forces to create the dynamic partnership that will form Bristol Robotics Laboratories (BRL). The multi-million pound investment will be based at the Bristol Business Park and is due to open in 2006.

Lord Sainsbury, the UK’s Science and Innovation Minister, endorsed the new development by saying: "Robotics will have a significant social and economic impact in the 21st Century. The new laboratory will provide the focus for cutting edge collaboration between UK industry and universities in this rapidly evolving technology. Investment in new facilities such as this will help contribute to making the UK the best place in the world for science and innovation."

Professor David May from the University of Bristol added: “Robotics in the 21st century must embrace new materials and technologies, and draw upon a whole range of disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, material science, microbiology, as well as computer science and engineering – in fact it is difficult to find a scientific discipline that will not be included!.”

BRL Mission:
Our mission is to understand the science, engineering and social role of robotics and embedded intelligence. Our multidisciplinary approach aims to create autonomous devices capable of working independently, with each other, or with us in our human society.

Bristol University - Robotics lab


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