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Nottingham experts join drive to develop Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Nottingham will be part of a Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub that will spearhead work to ensure that autonomous systems such as driverless cars and robots are trustworthy by default and can ultimately benefit society and industry. Autonomous systems are technologies that gain information about their environment, …

Connected Everything and Smart Products Beacon Summer School 2020 outline programme

Connected Everything and the Smart Products Beacon (University of Nottingham) online Summer School on 15-17 July 2020 will focus on the use of collaborative robots (COBOTs) in a COVID-19 world. The summer school will be delivered online and there will be no charge to participants as our funding from EPSRC will cover the costs. An outline …

Connected Everything and Smart Products Beacon Summer School 2020

Connected Everything and the Smart Products Beacon (University of Nottingham) are jointly running an online Summer School on 15-17 July 2020 focused on the use of collaborative robots (COBOTs) in a COVID-19 world. The summer school will be delivered online and there will be no charge to participants as our funding from EPSRC will cover the costs. The challenges …

Smart Products Beacon update

Updates on Demonstrator Projects: Food Design for the Future (FD2) ICUBE RoboClean Projects Policy Ideation Cards This project aimed to create a prototype deck of ideation cards that will facilitate users to plan a campaign that influences policy. In collaboration with the Institute for Policy and Engagement at the University – utilising their expertise in …

ICUBE

Collaborative robots – or co-bots – currently rely on physically mechanical, hierarchical instructions delivered explicitly by humans, without consideration to other important characteristics – pose, expression and language. Co-bots therefore lack the ability to sense humans and their behaviour appropriately.  I-CUBE has been addressing this challenge and initiated a study to capture the language and gestures used by humans whilst collaborating with robots conducting a simple laundry sorting task.  The …

RoboClean

RoboClean – a Beacon Demonstrator project on Natural Language in Human-Robot Interaction and Allergen Sensing   In food and drink manufacturing, cleaning takes a significant amount of employee time, bearing a major impact on productivity and manufacturing efficiency. One of the biggest challenges faced by manufacturers is the cross contamination of allergens.  The RoboClean project has explored the two-fold challenge of …

Food Design for the Future (FD2)

Food Design 2 is one of our initial demonstrator projects and has been addressing food in the digital era by exploring the use of digital technologies to enhance the food consumption experience. Work to date has included the development a deck of food ideation cards, which combine different sensory properties of food, consumption contexts and …

Spring Without The Future Machine

Due to Covid-19 and the lockdown the Future Machine is also in lockdown in my studio in Nottingham. I am in London living on our narrow boat on the River Lea. I have some parts of the machine here, it’s brain, the trumpets, the new steel and brass dials half made. I am working with …

PhD/MA Opportunity at Shanghai Jiaotong University

“I’ve recently started my position as Assistant Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University – rated as one of the top three in China – and one of the main collaborators in the AHRC-funded connected museum project. Professor Steve Benford and I have been discussing plans for exporting and adapting the GIFT project to Chinese museums, and …

Connected Everything – 9th International Through-life Engineering Services Conference 2020

The Call for Papers is open for the forthcoming 9th International Through-life Engineering Services Conference 2020 (TESConf 2020) on the 3rd and 4th of November. The deadline for Abstract submission is the 6th of April. See Connected Everything Website for more details. We are currently planning for the conference to be hosted at Cranfield University, but depending on how the …