News 2018-04-13T12:07:08+00:00

New Hubs for Robotics in Extreme Environments

The Oxford Robotics Institute (Department of Engineering, University of Oxford) will play a key role in two of the four new Robotics Hubs announced this week by EPSRC as part of their £44.5 million investment over the next three and a half years into Robotics and AI.   The ORI researchers led by Dr. Maurice Fallon, Dr. Ioannis Havoutis, Prof. Nick Hawes and Prof. Paul Newman will make key contributes to two hubs, RAIN and ORCA: The Robotics and AI for Nuclear Hub (RAIN) will focus on improved inspection and monitoring of nuclear facilities. This Hub brings together the expertise of the Universities of Manchester (lead), Oxford, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham, Lancaster, Bristol and the UKAEA's RACE centre The Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets Hub (ORCA) will develop technology for subsea, ground and aerial inspection and asset management in [...]

November 10th, 2017|Comments Off on New Hubs for Robotics in Extreme Environments

Summer school students visit ORI

ORI was delighted to host a group of international summer school students who were taking part in the Oxford Tradition.  We spent a wonderful afternoon introducing them to the exciting world of robotics research and were very impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm.  A demonstration of our Snake Arm Robot was particularly well received.  The picture above shows the Snake Arm from the perspective of the students, and the picture below shows the students from the perspective of the Snake Arm! For more information about the summer school programme see

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Summer school students visit ORI

New project with Navtech!

In an exciting new project with Navtech Radar we are developing a sensor for autonomous vehicles which will provide 360-degree high resolution coverage in all weather conditions. This will significantly improve the capabilities and safety of the machines in difficult driving conditions, when safe and reliable transportation is most critical. With the majority of driverless cars operating in California – a state known for its perpetual blue skies – the need for accurate situational awareness in adverse weather conditions has been largely overlooked. The current sensors used cannot accurately function in heavy rain, snow or fog, so this research will be pivotal in ensuring autonomous vehicles can perform in environments throughout the world. The project is being funded via a grant from  the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, which works with people, companies and partner organisations to drive the science [...]

August 8th, 2017|Comments Off on New project with Navtech!

Legged Robots at ORI

  ORI is starting a major new research direction into legged robots. Drs. Ioannis Havoutis and Maurice Fallon have recently joined as academic staff with research expertise in control, planning and state estimation on dynamic walking robots such as the IIT Hydraulic Quadruped and the Boston Dynamics Atlas. Below are upcoming papers in this research field which will appear soon at the ICRA and RSS conferences. Ioannis and Maurice will also co-organise a workshop at ICRA in this area. [bibtex key="2017RSS_nobili"] [bibtex key="2017ICRA_nobili"] [bibtex key="2017icra_mastalli"] [bibtex key="2017icra_radulescu"]

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Legged Robots at ORI

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 the UK’s reputation as a world leader in the development of autonomous vehicles. Benefitting from a grant of £8.6 million awarded by Innovate UK, the project will see autonomous vehicles operating in and between Oxford and London. The consortium will be led by Oxbotica, the award-winning Artificial Intelligence company set up by ORI’s Professors Paul Newman and Ingmar Posner.   DRIVEN’s vehicles will be operating at Level 4 autonomy – meaning they have the capability of performing all safety-critical driving functions and monitoring roadway conditions [...]

April 26th, 2017|Comments Off on DRIVEN NOT TO DRIVE – major new project launches

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 new street mapping project could one day transform how Oxford City Council manages its services across the city. The project being trialled over the next few months by Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford’s Robotics Institute (ORI) will see sensors attached to a City Council street cleaner in the city centre to create 3D maps that can be used to trial the development of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, the research team at the ORI is exploring further data that may be [...]

April 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Mapping the city