Vacancy: Post Doc in Soft Manipulation

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a. We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Soft Robotics Lab, part of the Oxford Robotics Institute at the Department of Engineering Science (Oxford). The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is for a fixed duration of 12 months. The candidate will carry out fundamental research in soft robotics manipulation with particular focus on tactile perception. You will design and develop soft robotics end-effectors with distributed sensing and variable stiffness and will develop robust approaches for intelligent manipulation. You should have a PhD/DPhil (or near completion) in robotics, mechatronics, computer vision, machine learning or closely related field. You have an excellent academic track record in topics relevant to robotics, tactile perception, soft sensing, soft actuators, control or related areas. You should have experience [...]

Vacancy: Electrical Engineer

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 with a discretionary range to £44,055 p.a. We are looking for a dedicated Electrical Engineer to join the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) in the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford). We have a large fleet of mobile and fixed robots which support our research activities, and it needs full-time support and development. We are looking for a professional engineer with a strong background in electrical/electronic systems to accelerate the impact of our work into domains such as autonomous mobile robots, walking robots, autonomous cars, soft robotics with application to sectors such as monitoring of oil and gas facilities, urban mobility, space exploration and nuclear inspection. You will be part of a team of 11 hardware and software Engineers reporting to a Senior Engineer. In this role you will work closely with the ORI academics [...]

Extra Plotting Course for Undergraduates

From Hilary Term onwards, Oxford Robotic Institute (ORI) is running an extra-curricular course for Engineering Science undergraduates to design and manufacture a 2D pen plotter. The "First Year Plotter Challenge" is an optional six-week activity that offers an opportunity to get hands-on experience of the entire engineering process: from CAD design, 3D printing, and electronic and mechanical assembly, to programming an Arduino using G-Code, the language used for 3D printers.  At the end of the course, the students will go home with a compact, and simple A4 sized pen plotter, and the means to program it and control it ‘at home’. It is hoped that giving them hands-on experience will motivate them to learn more about programming, control, and robotics in general. The project incorporates many different aspects of what we do at ORI. From physical manufacturing and electrical assembly [...]

7 years on

Exactly 7 years ago, MRG made the headlines as they demonstrated the first autonomous vehicle on UK roads, driving around Begbroke Science Park on a snowy winters day. Which makes today a great day to celebrate the achievements of this amazing robot.   Since then, the RobotCar has become the most notable data collection platform for the ORI: the 10K data-set has been cited over 300 times. The Robot Car was also used for the follow on Radar RobotCar Dataset, which is becoming a standard benchmark for Radar algorithms in Autonomous Vehicles. [bibtex key="MaddernIJRR2016"] [bibtex key="RadarRobotCarDatasetICRA2020"] However, all good things must come to an end, and in January the RobotCar went to its new home at the British Science Museum. Over the course of R lifetime, Autonomous Vehicles have come from relative obscurity to making regular front [...]