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Industry 4.0 is setting sail, is the UK on board?

The decline of British steel making shows what happens when the UK doesn't match the competition's efforts; it's a warning to shore up other types of manufacturing. Industry 4.0 is set to drive up manufacturing’s share of GDP in Europe by 20 percent over the next five years. With its expertese in software and sensors, the UK has a golden ticket. Are its manufacturers on board? Because the...
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UK H2020 Consortia seeks UK Academics and SME’s involved in identification, detection and mitigation of drones

Responses required before 29 th  March 2016 to:  cast@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk   The rapid development of drone technology has provided the general public with an unprecedented level of access to the capability of monitoring and accessing areas previously inaccessible to them. This allows easy and regular incursion into locations which may once have been considered...
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Imminent new measures to accelerate the future of retail

A third of UK retail jobs will be lost within the next decade with the closure of thousands of shops warns a new report. So what will the future of retail look like?  A British Retail Consortium (BRC) report , released on Monday, blames the rising costs facing retail businesses on the upcoming increase to the National Living Wage and the imminent apprenticeship levy. These, it...
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Automate or fall behind: the stark warning to UK manufacturing

The UK manufacturing industry is in serious danger of falling further behind more competitive nations unless productivity improves and more processes are automated, warns a new report .    A survey by NatWest bank showed many business leaders were not even aware of the government support available to help them innovate or expand overseas.   "The industry is...
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The WEF: Getting anxious about automation

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is one of the central themes of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos this week. But the effect of transformative technological breakthroughs is still shrouded in a lack of consensus.     According to a study released by WEF this week , increased automation and AI in the workforce will lead to the loss of 7.1m...
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BFI Fuller challenge

Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) invites people from  all over the world — including scientists, designers, architects, activists,  artists, planners, entrepreneurs, and students — to submit their  innovative solutions to humanity’s most pressing problems.   A $100,000 grand prize is awarded to support the development and  implementation...
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Look out for the Internet of Flying Things as business takes to the skies in 2016

The battle for business advantage is moving to the skies as retailers, the construction industry, security and sports firms look to commercial drones to out perform competition in 2016.    Spearheaded by Amazon, the online retailer whose videos of drone deliveries were dismissed as pie in the sky as recently as two years ago, companies large and small are discovering the...
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A story of robots for Christmas

It’s proving a bumper Christmas for robot videos and this extravaganza from Italy’s Advanced Robotic Department and iCub Facility (IIT)  has to be a contender for the top spot.    It shows robots including iCub (pictured) performing some impressive manouevers. But we won't ask how long it took to put together!     Or how about robotic...
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Three barriers that stop manufacturers investing in robotics

A report by Barclays Bank has identified three major barriers that are preventing UK manufacturers from investing in robotics and automation.    The bank surveyed manufacturers in the north east of the country, finding that 57% have already invested in robotics and automation, with 66% saying there are opportunities for further investment.   However, the top...
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Robotics & Autonomous Systems for the Long Term Care Revolution

The Long Term Care Revolution Challenge is ambitious. It focuses on finding radical and innovative new ideas that will disrupt the current long term care institutional model. The vision is to replace the current model with alternatives that have the potential for real commercial value in the UK, and which sustain the rights, dignity and whole life experience of UK citizens by 2040.  ...
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Robotics & Autonomous Systems in Horizon 2020 — Presentations Available

On 1st December 2015, Innovate UK and the RAS SIG hosted a briefing event for Robotics in H2020 — ICT Topics 25-2016 & 26-2016. Held at Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SN, the event was well attended. The full agenda can be found on the event page , links to the presentations below. ICT Robotics Work Programme 2016-2017 — Juha Heikkilä, Head of Unit,...
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Getting from imagination to market takes centre stage at European Robotics Week 2015

Bridging the gap between cutting-edge research in academia and the vibrant robotics startup ecosystem is no easy task. In the UK city of Bristol last week a free public event titled “From Imagination to Market” — the centre piece of European Robotics Week 2015 — took on that challenge by bringing together leading innovators, researchers, startups and strategists. Below are the key moments...
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Major debate on robots & society sets scene for European Robotics Week

A mouthwatering array of over 750 events has been taking place throughout Europe this week as the continent celebrates Robotics Week 2015. The festivities began with an eye-opening debate on “Robots and Society” in the UK city of Bristol on Tuesday, with experts versed in strategy, business, academia, law and policy. But, for many, the star of the show was Nao, in his guise as robot avatar....
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Sensing Innovation Challenges in Offshore Renewables

KTN, in partnership with CENSIS and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, is running an event to discuss the challenges in the offshore renewable sector with the aim to develop expressions of interest for collaborative projects with CENSIS and ORE Catapult. The day will feature both academic and industrial speakers to help define the challenges and provide opportunities for...
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Agenda Announced for H2020 - Big Data Brokerage Event

Event Details Solutions for Information and Communication Technologies – Horizon2020 Funding for Big Data We are pleased to announce the provisional agenda for the  brokerage event concerning the Big Data strands of the ICT programme of Horizon2020 15/16 on the 8 th  December 2015 in London. The purpose of the event will be to: Gather information on...
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£1.5m available for Game Changing Technologies for the Energy Sector - Information Webinar

KTN is organising a webinar on Friday 11th December (10.30am-12pm) to promote a new Innovate UK competition that will open in 2016. Innovate UK is allocating up to £1.5m for their "Energy Game Changer" competition. The funding will be allocated to feasibility studies led by SMEs who can provide disruptive solutions to long established challenges which currently cost the energy sector...
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Key insights for the 2035 robot revolution: New report

A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything, according to a new study by investment bank Bank of America Merrill Lynch .    “We are facing a paradigm shift which will change the way we live and work,” the authors say. “The pace of...
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European Robotics Week 2015 (ERW2015), 23-29 November 2015 Communication Centre: Bristol, UK

The European Robotics Week offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas. The Week aims at inspiring technology education in students of all ages to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, i.e. science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, we expect...
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Leeds is building robots and drones to make it the world's first self repairing city

Leeds University researchers are creating robots and drones to help fix street lights and potholes as part of an ambitious plan to create “self-repairing cities.”   They are taking the lead in a pioneering £4.2m national research project that aims to develop small robots which can identify problems with utility pipes, street lights and roads and fix them with minimal...
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Software verification and validation for complex systems

Innovate UK and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) are to invest up to £580,000 in technical feasibility studies to stimulate innovation throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC) while focusing on the verification and validation* (V&V) of two classes of complex systems: cyber physical systems (CPS) and systems with emergent behaviours. This competition...
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Robotics & Autonomous Systems in Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. ICT calls 25-2016 & 26-2016 in...
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EC funding: briefing event 27 October and call for assessors

Photonics funding under the ICT H2020 call will be the topic at a KTN event on the 27 October in London. We are very pleased that Philippe Reynaert  from the European Commission (photonics unit)  will be able to join us. Philip has been closely involved in the development of the call and knows what the call is intended to achieve. He will also be available for Q&A session. It...
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Universities concerned over low success rate of Horizon 2020 bids

A drop in the success rate of universities bidding for Horizon 2020 funding is providing cause for concern, after the EU Commission published a list of the results of the first call for proposals , 2014-15.   Of nearly 73,000 applications during the first 18 months of Horizon 2020, the average success rate was 12.9%, down from 18.5% in the previous Framework Programme 7, with...
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UAE dangles $1m prize for robotics ideas to benefit humanity

A $1m prize will be given to the winner of the first UAE (United Arab Emirates) Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Award for Good.   The awards aim to encourage research and development in the field of robotics to meet challenges in health, education and social services sectors.   They are open to individuals, teams, universities and companies from around the...
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Robotics Business Review Game Changer Awards 2015

The 10 winners of the Robotics Business Review 2015 Game Changer Awards were announced at the RoboBusiness conference in San Jose, California, last week.    The Game Changer Awards are announced every year to honour both the products and innovators pushing the robotics industry forward in critical areas. The 2015 winners are:   • Best Motion Control...
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