DigiTOP Digital Manufacturing Webinar Series

The DigiTOP team are presenting a Digital Manufacturing Webinar Series; shedding light on digital technologies, human factors and productivity. Webinars will be delivered by academics from the University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and Cranfield University and cover topics ranging from ‘human-robot  collaboration’ to ‘the creative and structured elements of rich pictures’.  

Connected Everything & Smart Products Beacon Online Summer School – review

Connected Everything and the Smart Products Beacon at the University of Nottingham joined forces to organise an online, three-day Summer School. It focused on the use of collaborative robots (COBOTs) in a post-COVID-19 world in the specific settings of Agri-robotics and those in home and healthcare settings. Chaired by Professor Steve Benford and Dr Nicholas …

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 …

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 Workshop

Researchers from across the university gathered at a workshop on the 23rd January to shape the next wave of Smart Products Beacon demonstrator projects. Our demonstrator projects aim to test the feasibility of novel ‘smart product’ concepts and create interactive demonstrators that convey research ideas aligned to the core Beacon themes. Our projects will investigate …

AI Technologies for Allergen Detection and Smart Cleaning Food Production Workshop

In collaboration with the AI3 Science Discovery (AI3SD) and Internet of Food Things (IoFT) EPSRC Networks the RoboClean team ran a workshop in London on the 17th of October. The focus of the workshop was to discuss how digital technologies such as AI, sensors and robotics can be used for enhanced allergen detection and factory …

Charlotte Gray shares her experiences of working on RoboClean

I was introduced to the RoboClean project at Horizon whilst interning with the Advanced Data Analysis Centre. The project investigates the ways in which end-users interact with a robot vacuum cleaner and how a robot responds to user utterances; the aim being to inform its effective design and use within food factories. I was invited …

AI3SD & IoFT AI Technologies for Allergen Detection and Smart Cleaning

This event is brought to you by the AI3SD (Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery) and the IoFT (Internet of Food things) Networks. As food allergies and intolerances are on the rise, allergen detection and awareness is becoming more critical than ever at all stages of the food production pipeline; from cleaning the factories …

Introducing RoboClean

The RoboClean project is investigating the work of cleaning factory floors, and the potential for robotic cleaners to work alongside—and with—human operators to ensure factories meet the strict industry hygiene guidance. These robots will use the latest sensors to also detect the presence of food allergens, allowing factory managers to avoid cross-contamination of products, especially …