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LUTZ Pod Update

We are really looking forward to delivery of the  first LUTZ Pod. After initial delivery to us in late 2015, it went back to RDM in Jan 2016 for some design, software and manufacturing fixes.  Delivery of a working base vehicle  will be a great milestone in this project, which is a collaboration between MRG, RDM, who make the base [...]

Best Student Paper Award Finalist – ICRA 2016

Congratulations to Michael Tanner, Pedro Piniés, Lina María Paz, and Paul Newman on their selection as one of three finalists (of 817 total papers) for the Best Student Paper award at the 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).  Their paper "What Lies Behind: Recovering Hidden Shape in Dense Mapping" presents a method to reconstruct a city's underlying 3D architecture [...]

Get ready for robotics

 UK robotics innovation is taking centre stage this summer, with the announcement of a nationwide programme of exciting events for the first ever UK Robotics Week (25 June – 1 July 2016).   Events for people of all ages are being held up and down the country, spanning public lectures, open labs, schools and academic competitions, [...]

Upcoming Oxford RobotCar Dataset announced

Setting a new benchmark in real-world data, the Oxford RobotCar dataset contains over 100 repetitions of a consistent route through Oxford, UK, captured over a period of more than a year. The dataset captures many different combinations of weather, traffic and pedestrians, along with longer term changes such as construction and roadworks. We plan to make it available for download in [...]

Mobile Robotics Week – CDT Challenge

11 of Oxford’s AIMS (Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems) CDT students joined MRG to take part in a robotics challenge, working with 2nd and 3rd year DPhil students to programme a self-driving robot. In the final challenge each robot had to work its way around obstacles to reach a goal. Photo by Rosemary Cameron Points [...]

Jo Johnson visits the ORI

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson visited MRG on 29th February to see world-leading research and announce new funding. Photo by Lewis Whittaker  Jo Johnson with Professor Ingmar Posner and DPhil student Julie Dequaire The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, visited the University's Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub and Mobile Robotics [...]

Digital Railways project update

We have just completed the latest InnovateUK project review on our Digital Railways project, which sees our technology deployed on trains in order to provide robust and scalable detection and mapping of railway assets. This project brings together a large part of MRG technology from mapping and localisation at high speeds to calibration, active learning and object [...]

Self-driving pods win national innovation award

A ground-breaking research programme which will trial three self-driving vehicles on pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes has won this year’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Automotive Award for Innovation. The LUTZ Pathfinder project saw off competition from four other shortlisted contenders to pick up the prestigious trophy at the 99th SMMT Annual Dinner. [...]

Best Paper Award – ICCV 2015

Congratulations to Geoff Pascoe, Will Maddern and Paul Newman on winning the Best Paper Award for their paper Direct visual location and calibration for road vehicles in changing city environments at 3rd Workshop on Computer Vision for Road Scene Understanding and Autonomous Driving, ICCV 2015.