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DRIVEN NOT TO DRIVE – major new project launches

DRIVEN is an ambitious project which will see a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles being deployed in urban areas and on motorways, culminating in an end-to-end journey from London to Oxford. The Department of Engineering Science and the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) is part of the DRIVEN consortium of companies which will help to cement [...]

DRIVEN NOT TO DRIVE – major new project launches 2017-04-26T12:39:06+00:00

Mapping the city

We used a NABU sensor attached to a street sweeper to map the streets of Oxford, in an innovative data gathering project which will help the City Council to plan and manage its services.  Read the Council's Press Release here:   PRESS RELEASE 11 March 2017 Innovative new city mapping could transform council services A [...]

Mapping the city 2017-04-26T10:45:38+00:00

CDT Week 2017

        Ten of Oxford’s AIMS (Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems) CDT students joined us for our annual robotics challenge.  Divided into three teams, the students had to programme a Husky robot to work its way around obstacles to reach a goal.   There was some careful planning.            

CDT Week 2017 2017-05-08T09:55:13+00:00

Mobile Autonomy Workshop

    “The machines are coming and it's going to be good ... it all comes together in a glorious bit of robotics science."   "In this talk I pull apart some of the competencies needed to build “intelligent” self driving vehicles. I’ll explain what makes it hard, what makes it exciting and how it [...]

Mobile Autonomy Workshop 2017-04-26T12:15:10+00:00

UK Robotics Week 2017 officially launches today

UK Robotics Week 2017 officially launches today, with a range of robotics activities and challenges open to schools, academic institutions and industry sectors. These activities culminate in a national week of celebration being held 24th – 30th June 2017.

UK Robotics Week 2017 officially launches today 2016-11-08T17:06:46+00:00

ORI wins best student paper award at IROS

Congratulations to Markus Wulfmeier, Dominic Wang and Ingmar Posner on winning the best student paper award for their work on Deep IRL: Watch This: Scalable Cost-Function Learning for Path Planning in Urban Environments - an approach to learning cost maps for driving in complex urban environments.  The authors used an ambitious dataset collected over the course of a year [...]

ORI wins best student paper award at IROS 2017-06-02T17:29:17+00:00

Self-driving vehicles tested in public

Self-driving vehicles equipped with Oxford-developed autonomy software have been tested successfully in public for the first time in the UK.  The demonstration in Milton Keynes was coordinated by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and marked the conclusion of the LUTZ Pathfinder project, which has been running for the past 18 months. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doLUXzQ1OeA

Self-driving vehicles tested in public 2017-03-21T12:21:04+00:00

Our Q14 Rover goes to Space (nearly)

ORI is collaborating with thirteen other institutions under the auspices of The UK Space Agency and in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency in a major Mars Exploration Analogue mission taking place over several weeks in the Utah desert this autumn. The mission will be coordinated from Harwell and will comprise exploration and planetary science [...]

Our Q14 Rover goes to Space (nearly) 2016-10-28T12:32:29+00:00