Connected Everything Network and Smart Products Beacon summer school video

To celebrate the success of our Summer School, co-hosted with the Connected Everything Network, we have produced a video capturing highlights of the three-day event. The Summer School brought together a diverse group of talented postgraduate students to learn about the challenges innovators face when integrating collaborative robotics into a variety of settings. Delegates were …

The Future of Factory Cleaning Framework

Responsible cleaning data collection and use framework Ensuring a hygienic production environment is one of the biggest challenges facing food and drink manufacturers, as the industry responds to a growing demand for closer monitoring of cleaning standards and challenges from elevated allergen management, against the constant backdrop of cost pressures. ‘Industry 4.0’—the next industrial revolution—promises …

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 …

“Sensors support machine learning” – Assistant Professor Nicholas Watson

Nik Watson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering discusses whether online sensors and machine learning can deliver industry 4.0 to the food and drink manufacturing sector in the Journal of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, vol 33 issue 4 December 2019. “Manufacturing is experiencing the 4th industrial revolution, which is the use of Industrial …