Robotic vision is one of the most important capabilities to enable autonomous robotics. Research focuses on the real-time visual localisation and mapping and has applications in leisure, transport and domestic appliances.
We are researching computer vision systems which offer real-time scene understanding capabilities in the complex, real world, with applications in robotics and beyond. In the context of manufacturing capabilities this allows accurate real-time scanning of the 3D shape of objects and scenes using commodity cameras and computers; opening the doors to new, democratised ideas of design and construction. Robot vision is also applicable to the advanced home robots and other autonomous mobile devices which we anticipate becoming available over the coming years, providing the ability to interact fully and safely with their surroundings.
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of precision engineering, electronic control and systems thinking in design and manufacturing processes. Our laboratories have established themselves as world leaders in Mechatronics in Medicine, and Biomechatronics. Our academic work has resulted in over 200 refereed publications, numerous international awards, and new commercial products in mobile robots, assistive technology, and industrial automation.
Mechatronics in Medicine (MiM)
The aim of the Mechatronics in Medicine group, led by Dr. Ferdinando Rodriguez, is to develop robotic and mechatronic aids for medicine. Our research has set new paradigms in diagnostics, surgical intervention, and training and spans fields as diverse as neurosurgery, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible robotics, haptic training systems for surgeons, urological surgery and orthopaedics, high intensity focused ultrasound and blood sampling.
The Biomechatroncs group, led by Dr. Ravi Vaidyanthan, focuses on mechatronics fused with influence from biological systems; i.e. mechatronic systems designed based on inspiration from neural and physiological systems. Our research addresses theoretical and experimental challenges posed by the application of robotics and electro-mechanical systems inspired by medicine and biology, fusing techniques from neuroscience, sensor development, artificial intelligence, modeling, and robotics.
We have wo main research thrusts: guiding the fabrication of bio-inspired machines and systems, and developing novel devices that can act upon, substitute parts of, and augment human beings.
Current projects include:
The combined activity of these groups has led more than 30 research programs supported by groups including: the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Research Council (ERC), the US National Institutes of Health, the US Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM), the US Air Force, the Dyson Foundation, the i4i Future Product Development Funding Stream, and the Singapore Temesek Defence Systems Institute. Recent international recognition for our team includes: