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TSB to launch robotics and automation competitions

In a recent speech, Chancellor George Osborne highlighted Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) as a technological field where, with its science and engineering expertise and marketing acumen, the UK could develop a leading edge.

Now, to capitalise on these strengths, two new Technology Strategy Board (TSB) competitions are being launched. A briefing event, for both, takes place in London on 24 January 2013


Robotics and Autonomous Systems Competition

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Competition launches on 4 February 2013 and will see the TSB investing up to £1m in feasibility studies to accelerate the development of novel concepts in this field and stimulate new partnerships between the RAS communities. 

The RAS field is a huge and exciting one: robots are currently being developed to work (either autonomously or alongside humans) in activities as diverse as exploitation and inspection, logistics, education, medicine, entertainment, surveillance and intervention. 

A huge number of technologies are required for RAS to work effectively, these include: software engineering, algorithm design, modelling and simulation, power sources and energy management, sensor technologies, vision systems and imaging, analogue and digital electronics, wireless communications, digital signal processing, microprocessors, mechanical design and human–machine interaction. 

This technology is particularly attractive in that it lends itself to applications across multiple key sectors including healthcare, transport, energy, environmental monitoring, agriculture and manufacturing. 

Competition projects entries need to be collaborative and an RAS Special Interest Group has been set up for networking opportunities. The TSB is especially keen to encourage collaboration between innovators in the RAS communities who have tended to focus on different application areas, but who could collaborate to generate new solutions, which apply across a range of markets. Further information is available and registration for the 24 January briefing event is available here.


Enhancing Manufacturing through automation competition

The TSB is also investing up to £7m in collaborative R&D to develop, enhance or improve automation systems and equipment, including the use of robotics, to enhance complex manufacturing processes. Of the available funding, £2m will be specifically allocated to automation in the food sector.

The competition opens on 21 January 2013. More details and briefing day registration is here.

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