The Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) has a world-leading reputation in large-scale, mobile autonomy. We have an extraordinary track record of folding in the very latest developments in perception, navigation and planning to full robotic systems. Industrial collaboration lies at the heart of our research agenda and we have a proud history of working with industrial partners. ORI membership is the vehicle we use to achieve this. Industrial membership buys deep immersion within the ORI giving visibility to the full portfolio of our research and activity. The driving idea is to run a scheme which accelerates and catalyses knowledge transfer from the ORI to its Industrial Members. At the heart of the ORI is a research team of postdocs and students. Surrounding this core is an expert engineering support team. Within this team are knowledge exchange engineers and an impact coordinator who are charged with managing the flow of knowledge between industrial parties and ORI. Overlaid on this model, and interacting with the whole group, are the application sectors, each represented by an industrial member.
Our current Members are:
  • BP
  • Nominet
  • Accenture
  • Honda
  • Bossa Nova
  • L3 ASV
  • Navtech
The organisation of ORI and its relationship with industrial partners can be understood via a “petal model”.  (see aside)

The Value of Membership

Foremost, membership buys deep immersion within the ORI giving visibility to the full portfolio of our research and activity. We are able to offer graded forms of membership that can be tailored to domain and members.

A Full Industrial Member is able to embed an employee within the institute up to seven days a week. This “member visitor” has full access to all of our data, software, hardware (robots) and computing facilities. They are free to come to all our seminars, engage in all our workshops and trials – truly they become one of the group.

The driving idea here is to run a scheme which accelerates and catalyses knowledge transfer from the ORI to its Industrial Members. It allows Members to be cognisant of, and adept at using, nascent technology as it is created and, through their application knowledge, to influence that creation process.

Technical training of the Industrial Member allows the Member organisation to be ahead of the game in understanding and evaluating the value of the very latest in autonomous systems in their own commercial sector.

Often Industrial Members wish to take evaluation of a technology to the next level beyond just their Visitor status. This is a great result and we encourage it.

For more information on becoming a member or ORI in general please email us!