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Beyond Battery Power - CDE Competition

This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) themed competition is looking for proposals for technologies that will reliably generate power for man-portable and robotic and autonomous systems (RAS). These technologies need to be small, lightweight, modular and preferably have a low acoustic and/or infrared signature. They are particularly interested in technologies: to improve...
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New Funding Programme Announced: Analysis for Innovators

Come and hear about a new £6.5m competition and very different approach to Innovate UK funding programmes! Analysis for Innovators  is a new funding programme that targets competitiveness and productivity head on, by offering cutting edge R&D, expertise and facilities to UK companies that want to solve an analysis or measurement problem from within their existing business. ...
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IAESTE Work Placements Exchange Programme for STEM Students

The IAESTE programme allows employers to benefit from the world’s top trainees from the science, engineering, technology and applied arts sectors for short or long term projects. As an international student traineeship programme with more than 65 years’ experience, exchanging over 4000 trainees a year,  IAESTE is well poised to help your business succeed in a global market. ...
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How could new advances in robotics be applied in modern livestock buildings?

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting a  workshop  on 27th October in Edinburgh to join up thinking in the initiation of livestock housing (re)design, incorporating as appropriate new advances in sensors, environmental control, biosecurity, lighting, hygiene, water, health, nutrition (including feeding systems), robotics, water supply and usage, retail planning, and...
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How can Sensors and Robotics innovation in livestock buildings improve productivity & profitability of livestock production?

Livestock housing systems, especially where livestock are intensively reared, have become increasingly important to the productivity and profitability of farm businesses.  Scientific and technological advances have greatly advanced our understanding of the animal's needs (e.g. nutrition, environment, social interaction), and this understanding must be coupled with the need to...
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People favour expressive, communicative robots over efficient and effective ones

Making an assistive robot partner expressive and communicative is likely to make it more satisfying to work with and lead to users trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes, a new study suggests. But the research also shows that giving robots human-like traits could have a flip side - users may even lie to the robot in order to avoid hurting its feelings. These were the main...
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£5m Funding Competition for Robotics & Autonomous Systems: Dissemination & Brokerage Events

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £5 million in innovation projects to encourage innovative applications and stimulate new partnerships across robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). They are looking for innovators to develop new solutions to existing or emerging problems. Commercially viable RAS solutions often need to...
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Robotics takes is share of £16 million funding from the latest round of the Agri-Tech Catalyst

Twenty-four innovative agri-tech projects have today been awarded a share of £16 million funding through the latest round of the government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst to solve some of the world’s greatest agricultural challenges – from food security and sustainability to weed control and livestock disease. The UK is a world leader in the fast growing agri-tech sector, as global challenges...
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Silicon Valley Robotics and Robohub 2016 Robot Launch global online startup competition

Silicon Valley Robotics and Robohub have just launched the  2016 Robot Launch global online startup competition . Pitch your robotics startup online to an audience of top VCs, investors and experts, with live finals in Silicon Valley. Entries close August 15. In previous Robot Launch competitions hundreds of entries from more than 20 countries around the world have entered....
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Robot hand KTN helped bring to new markets catches Queen’s attention

Her Majesty the Queen was photographed yesterday admiring a cutting-edge robot hand on display at the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) stand at the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016).   Before formally opening the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited a number of stands at IFB2016. The Queen’s attention was...
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SBRI funding competition: automatic threat detection of firearms

  Following recent attacks in Europe, the need to further strengthen our ability to prevent the illegal movement of firearms (by terrorists or organised crime groups) remains a high priority. The aim of this competition is to develop methods for providing higher detection capacity and capability. At the same time, these methods...
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UK Robotics Week: 25th June - 1st July

UK Robotics Week has something for everyone. It is a week to learn about the current state-of-the-art robotic technology, discuss the role of robots and artificial intelligence in our lives, and to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers.  The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and their ...
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Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) call for evidence on the UK Testing Ecosystem

Last year, the Council for Science and Technology wrote to the Prime Minister about the importance of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies; a "real-world lab" for testing was its top recommendation. This call for evidence seeks to build the evidence base to determine how the UK might integrate and strengthen the national testing offer and whether there is a case for a new...
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US leads a robotics investment boom

Rapidly increasing activity in the robotics sphere has led the Financial Times to herald an investment boom time for one of the hottest new markets in tech. And, as robots break free of factory production lines, the US and China are poised to take the lead from Japan and Germany.    After growing at a compound rate of 17 per cent a year, the robot market will be worth...
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CPSE Labs call for proposals to help improve technology readiness levels for applications of cyber-physical systems, including autonomous vehicles

Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs  (CPSE Labs) - the EU Horizon 2020 funded network of design centres in France, UK, Sweden, Spain and Germany as part of the Smart Anything Everywhere initiative - has  today issued a call for proposals for innovative projects from technology and engineering firms for industrial experiments to develop innovative cyber-physical products and...
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Peraspera Space Robotics Commercialisation Survey Open!

Robotics and Autonomous Systems businesses have the opportunity to have their say on potential commercial routes of exploitation for the current H2020 programme of robotics activity. The H2020-funded Space Robotics Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) is creating a suite of robotics technologies for on-orbit servicing and planetary exploration; however it’s foreseen that many of these...
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Designing a European Innovation Council: A Call for Ideas

Positive steps have been taken in recent years to integrate an innovation component into EU programmes and policies, in particular Horizon 2020. However, the array of support mechanisms can be difficult to navigate, and lacks the flexibility and responsiveness that disruptive innovation requires. The Commission is therefore seeking the views of stakeholders via this online Call for...
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Robotic disassembly technology as a key enabler of autonomous remanufacturing

How can robots help the manufacturing industry use natural resources more efficiently and be kinder to the environment? A new £1.94m five-year collaborative research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will set out in April 2016 to address this question. Led by mechanical engineers at the University of Birmingham, the project will investigate robots...
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How can we improve the UK’s robotics and artificial intelligence policy?

The Science and Technology Committee is asking for contributions to inform an inquiry into robotics and artificial intelligence.  The committee is particularly interested in:    the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on the future UK workforce and job market, the Government’s preparation for the shift in the UK skills base and training that this may...
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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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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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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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