UK-Japan Collaboration for High-Autonomy Robot Markets (CHARM)


The project will identify and facilitate business links and collaborations between UK and Japanese companies, research institutes and university groups working in robotics.  It will combine Japanese strengths in hardware and middleware with UK strengths in software, cognitive systems, machine-learning and autonomous control.

The capstone event for CHARM will be held on 22nd and 23rd March 2012 at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford. 

Japan, driven by its high tech capabilities and declining population, is currently the world leader in robotics and has the largest domestic market. At the same time, there has been little formal interaction between the UK and Japanese robotics sectors due to barriers such as distance and language.  Japanese strengths lie in their hardware and middleware capabilities with a trend towards greater modularity in their robotic systems. On the other hand the UK has major strengths in software, and the UK is recognised for its work in cognitive systems, machine-learning and autonomous control. Since robotic systems are increasingly being deployed in human-interactive environments, verification for safety or security critical systems has become a major need in order to exploit market opportunities.

 The capabilities of Japan for producing robust robotic platforms and of the UK for advanced control software complement each other. Bringing the two together can add real value in a number of industries.

This group aims to support the activities of the CHARM network by allowing a forum for discussion in the following areas:

  • Technology and capabilities
  • Identification of market needs
  • Sources of funding for collaborative activities

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