EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation

Lead Research Organisation: Loughborough University
Department Name: Wolfson Sch of Mech, Elec & Manufac Eng

Abstract

Manufacturing automation is an expanding field concerned with the delivery of high-value engineering technologies and services globally. The highest value areas of automation relate to the more difficult to automation applications, for example many occurring in aerospace and precision automotive applications. Industry sources estimate that in a typical aerospace manufacturing plant the costs associated with manual operations and the inspect-adjust-rework activity could cost millions of pounds across the UK. Automation in various forms has the potential to reduce this inefficiency but also has the potential to do great damage to quality if applied incorrectly. Whilst automation has been applied across many sectors of industry, the spectrum of applications has rarely pushed the boundaries of research. Safe and limited solutions are often the norm. The high value manufacturing industries have applied limited automation because of the highly skilled nature of the finishing, inspection and assembly work inherent in the manufacturing processes. These processes are difficult to automate because of minor variation in components that influence interaction between processing equipment and component being processed. In addition, parts are often made from expensive materials, with many parts requiring careful handling in a high added value state (e.g. fan blades). Whilst humans can accommodate variation at certain levels they often introduce variation by virtue of being human (e.g. through lack of concentration). These high value industries need an advanced kind of automation that delivers the precision of computer controlled machinery with the adaptability of a human operator, but with 24/7 capability and 100% quality performance and at reasonable cost and operational speed. When the variation in the product caused by variation in human performance has been removed by deployment of intelligent automated systems, it will be possible to gather better data about design for manufacture and feed this back into product development in a systematic manner.Intelligent Automation is a convergence of human-machine modelling, digital manufacturing, knowledge generation and learning with intelligent devices. The aim is to develop a generic process and product modelling and deployment capability that can radically impact on current limitations experienced within industries that rely on substantial input from human skill, expertise and adaptability.This EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation will have a platform activity and two closely related and integrated research themes. The platform activity will emphasise 'Fast Track' projects for Early Win outcomes closely linked to the Tier 1 industrial partner expectations. Adventure projects will also be undertaken, aimed at more speculative high risk research. A small amount of Policy and Standards influencing work will be carried out. The first flagship research theme is: Modelling and Deployment for Right First Time Manufacturing, where extensive computer based modelling of intelligent automation systems will be undertaken to establish greater confidence during the design phase through to digital deployment and on to real deployment and operation. The second flagship theme is: Humans and Intelligent Automation Systems, where human skill is examined and how this influences difficult to automate industrial processes/tasks. The area of humans and robots sharing the same work space will also be investigated.

Planned Impact

It is expected that the work of this EPSRC Centre will have a profound effect on the way high value aerospace and automotive industries approach manufacturing. It should also impact on the broad range of UK manufacturing industry and on SMEs within the manufacturing supply chain. The project will create sustainable, knowledge-based employment, which will play a crucial role in safeguarding and developing the UK's manufacturing industry. The exploitation of the Intelligent Automation research results will have the potential to provide a step change in the effectiveness of industry's manufacturing operations. The strongest, short term, impact will be a radical improvement in competitiveness, as the ability to manufacture right first time is a major contributor to meeting the continual business drive for better faster and cheaper products. A subsequent impact, of no less importance, is the ability to substantially enhance the new product introduction process and manufacturing systems design processes through radical improvements to the access to high quality knowledge at key critical decision points in these processes. The EPSRC Centre research will contribute to new understanding of how automation systems (e.g. robots) and humans can share the same work space safely and productively. In this context it is anticipated that the Centre will make contribution to forming new UK standards for workplace design and operation as well as worker health and safety. The enhanced business competitiveness achieved will provide a substantial impact on job security and the potential to not only maintain, but also boost, employment, especially in the provision of high value knowledge centred employees. In addition to the short term benefit to the economy which their enhanced purchasing power will bring a further, perhaps more significant benefit is in the impact of the work on the knowledge economy. The results of the research will counter the shift towards moving manufacturing industry to low wage economies, as real economic value will be achieved through the development of key skills, expertise and knowledge within our highly trained and capable workforce. This is of particular concern to high value manufacturing where control of quality and security is paramount. In addition to the industrial and socio-economic impact the research will also have a strong and sustained academic impact. The new learning gained from the work will help to maintain the UK's world leading status in our areas of research and spawn new ideas for the future advancement of our industrial base and economic growth. A further significant aspect of impact follows from the proposed centres close links with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the Ford supply chain. These offer clear routes to the rapid industrial development and uptake of the results from the EPSRC Centre, maximising the exploitation potential and providing a highly effective route to taking the results of the work through to industrial production readiness.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title Children's Leaflet - Robots and Us 
Description A leaflet to introduce intelligent automation and the Centre to children between the ages of 7-14 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact
 
Description A range of intelligent manufacturing processes applied to TIG welding, polishing, assembly, inspection, panel forming; all of these have been automated with industrial robots enhanced by specialist mechatronic technology to accommodate component variation with minimal fixturing and robot programming. This approach allows the automation to free up skilled workers for tasks that are just too difficult to automate at realistic costs. The aim is to increase worker productivity leading to increased competitiveness and a stronger UK economy. In addition two new technologies have been progressed from TRl 1 to TRL 3: Electro-Adhesion for low power drain mobile vehicle attachment to hard to access structures; Low cost flexible grippers based around complex geometry realised through direct 3D printing of flexible polymers with integrated sensing - for automated handling of delicate objects.
Exploitation Route The results of research are being progressed via the HVM Catapult Manufacturing Technology Centre. However, the funding model for this and other HVM Catapult Centres needs adjustment to focus IUK funding on translational research and development to de-risk the technology created at universities via a linked TRL process to produce industry ready advanced manufacturing equipment to boost UK productivity.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport,Other

URL http://www.intelligent-automation.org.uk/
 
Description Research findings transferred to the Manufacturing Technology Centre for translation TRL 6 activity for the aerospace sector. Feedback that the EPSRC Centre has changed the way that industrial partners think about automation and therefore opened new horizons for improving productivity. Work on youth outreach has encouraged young people to pursue further learning and possibly future careers in engineering and specifically robotics and automation. Having people with the right skills will be vital to the future of UK industry.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Education,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Contributed to National and International Standards in Human Robot Collaborative Working. The Centre is represented on the BSI's AMT/00-/02 Robots and Robotic Devices Committee, the Workplace Standards Strategic Advisory Group and the ISO Technical Committee 299 for Robotics, Working Group 3: Industrial Safety.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact ISO 13482:2014 specifies requirements and guidelines for the inherently safe design, protective measures, and information for use of personal care robots, in particular the following three types of personal care robots: mobile servant robot; physical assistant robot; person carrier robot. These robots typically perform tasks to improve the quality of life of intended users, irrespective of age or capability. ISO 13482:2014 describes hazards associated with the use of these robots, and provides requirements to eliminate, or reduce, the risks associated with these hazards to an acceptable level. ISO 13482:2014 covers human-robot physical contact applications. ISO 13482:2014 presents significant hazards and describes how to deal with them for each personal care robot type. ISO 13482:2014 covers robotic devices used in personal care applications, which are treated as personal care robots. ISO 13482:2014 is limited to earthbound robots. ISO 13482:2014 does not apply to: robots travelling faster than 20 km/h robot toys; water-borne robots and flying robots; industrial robots, which are covered in ISO 10218; robots as medical devices; military or public force application robots. The scope of ISO 13482:2014 is limited primarily to human care related hazards but, where appropriate, it includes domestic animals or property (defined as safety-related objects), when the personal care robot is properly installed and maintained and used for its intended purpose or under conditions which can reasonably be foreseen. ISO 13482:2014 is not applicable to robots manufactured prior to its publication date. ISO 13482:2014 deals with all significant hazards, hazardous situations or hazardous events as described in Annex A. Attention is drawn to the fact that for hazards related to impact (e.g. due to a collision) no exhaustive and internationally recognized data (e.g. pain or injury limits) exist at the time of publication of ISO 13482:2014.
URL https://www.iso.org/standard/53820.html
 
Description Contributed to the Dowling Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-university-research-collaborations-dowling-revie...
 
Description RAS Midlands Robotics Network
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/ukrasnetwork/
 
Description RAS Northern Robotics Network
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/ukrasnetwork/
 
Description RAS Southern Robotics Network
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/ukrasnetwork/
 
Description The Centre is represented at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and makes contributions to the Industrial Electronics Society, Robotics & Automation Society and the Systems, Man, Cybernetics Society and also the IEEE Technical Committee on Industrial Agents.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description The Centre is represented on the Council of the British Automation and Robotics Association, the General Assembly of the International Federation of Robotics and also the SAE Automated Assembly and Fastening Committee.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description The Centre is represented on the Scientific Committee for Design, ICED and ASME IDETC international conferences and also the Design Society.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description The Centre is represented via membership of the EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowships
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project, FoF.NMP.2013-8 - Innovative strategies for renovation and repair in manufacturing systems (SelSus)
Amount £325,447 (GBP)
Funding ID 609382 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2014 
End 08/2017
 
Description CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs), FoF.NMP.2013-2 - Innovative re-use of modular equipment based on integrated factory design (ReBORN)
Amount £217,058 (GBP)
Funding ID 609223 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2014 
End 08/2016
 
Description Cranfield University International Studentships for Staff
Amount £52,500 (GBP)
Organisation Cranfield University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 12/2018
 
Description Cranfield University UK/EU Studentships for Staff
Amount £21,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cranfield University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2018
 
Description Cranfield University UK/EU Studentships for Staff
Amount £21,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cranfield University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2020
 
Description Development of an Adaptive Laser Micro-Machining System for CFPR Repair
Amount £24,581 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Digital Toolkit for optimisation of operators and technology in manufacturing partnerships (DigiTOP)
Amount £1,904,381 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R032718/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description EPSRC High Value Manufacturing Catapult Fellowship
Amount £37,200 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowship
Amount £1,224,536 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L01498X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 07/2019
 
Description EPSRC institutional Sponsorship 2015 - Loughborough University
Amount £18,000 (GBP)
Organisation Loughborough University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Efficient Reuse of Advanced Composite Materials by Nanosecond Laser Processing
Amount £13,407 (GBP)
Organisation UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 06/2016
 
Description Embedded Integrated Intelligent Systems for Manufacturing
Amount £1,608,257 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P027482/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 07/2022
 
Description Fan Case Inspection
Amount £80,468 (GBP)
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Future of Aircraft Factory (FOAF)
Amount £986,301 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2016
 
Description Horizon 2020 (Co-FACTOR)
Amount € 35,750 (EUR)
Funding ID 637178 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2016
 
Description In jet interferometry for ultra precise electrolyte jet machining
Amount £212,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 01/2018
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Amount £147,376 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2015
 
Description LU Graduate School Studentship Programme (EC Projects)
Amount £31,500 (GBP)
Organisation Loughborough University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description MTC / Rolls Royce consultancy
Amount £1,575 (GBP)
Organisation Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2012 
End 11/2012
 
Description Machine Vision in Manufacturing
Amount £9,896 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2012 
End 01/2013
 
Description Manufacturing and Materials - AUTOTiG
Amount £862,161 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2020
 
Description Manufacturing and Materials - CONFIGURE: CONnected Flexible dIGital hybrid additive manufacturing Unit designed for REpair
Amount £1,127,002 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Material Processing using Laser Induced Droplet Vaporization
Amount £100,126 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L01968X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 05/2016
 
Description OpenMOS: Open dynamic Manufacturing Operating System for Smart Plug-and-Produce Automation Components
Amount € 6,368,790 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2018
 
Description PERFoRM: Production harmonizEd Reconfiguration of Flexible Robots and Machinery
Amount € 7,094,095 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2018
 
Description PhD Studentship - Human robot collaboration in shared industrial workspace
Amount £50,737 (GBP)
Organisation Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description PhD Studentship - Industry 4.0: Smart Industrial Internet of Everything
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description PhD Studentship - Swarm Robotics: Dynamic and self-organising mobile robot systems
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2022
 
Description RAEng Equipment Grant
Amount £18,940 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2011 
End 11/2011
 
Description RAEng Equipment Grant
Amount £19,913 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2012 
End 12/2012
 
Description RAEng Equipment Grant
Amount £18,985 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2011 
 
Description RAS Capital Investment
Amount £6,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2016 
 
Description Restricted Access Bolting - Phase 4
Amount £106,888 (GBP)
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description Restricted Access Bolting - Phase 5a
Amount £186,346 (GBP)
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Rolls Royce Samulet Funding
Amount £24,956 (GBP)
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 12/2013
 
Description Ubiquitous safety equipment grant
Amount £19,211 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description University of Nottingham Feasibility Study Grant
Amount £69,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description EPSRC Centre Core Industrial Partners 
Organisation Airbus Group
Department Airbus Operations
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team have worked closely with Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Controls and Data Services (formerly known as Aero Engine Controls) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, to tackle complex industrial automation challenges, producing proof of concept solutions for further progression (through the Catapult or the Cranfield exploitation path, depending on lead partner). We have visited multiple industrial sites to understand and advise on the challenges
Collaborator Contribution The industrial partners have funded top ups for a number of PhDs and have provided funding for core research as well as commissioning additional projects. They have been actively involved in providing industrial case examples and have placed staff within the EPSRC Centre, to learn, to share knowledge and to support collaboration. They have attended board meetings, helped to shape new funding proposals and made financial commitment to these, have provided access to facilities, equipment and expertise.
Impact A number of proof of concept demonstrators have been created. These are currently confidential within this partnership. An automated TIG welding rig has been created, 50% funded by an industrial partner. An automated polishing rig was created utilising an industrial Kuka robot donated by an industrial partner. PhDs on the following topic areas have received top ups from this partnership: Human automation cooperation Ubiquitous safety Capturing human skill (human factors) Capturing human skill (technical measurement) Variability Freeform fastener assembly Auto welding x2 Manipulating (and assembly) technologies for delicate components Automated visual inspection
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPSRC Centre Core Industrial Partners 
Organisation Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team have worked closely with Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Controls and Data Services (formerly known as Aero Engine Controls) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, to tackle complex industrial automation challenges, producing proof of concept solutions for further progression (through the Catapult or the Cranfield exploitation path, depending on lead partner). We have visited multiple industrial sites to understand and advise on the challenges
Collaborator Contribution The industrial partners have funded top ups for a number of PhDs and have provided funding for core research as well as commissioning additional projects. They have been actively involved in providing industrial case examples and have placed staff within the EPSRC Centre, to learn, to share knowledge and to support collaboration. They have attended board meetings, helped to shape new funding proposals and made financial commitment to these, have provided access to facilities, equipment and expertise.
Impact A number of proof of concept demonstrators have been created. These are currently confidential within this partnership. An automated TIG welding rig has been created, 50% funded by an industrial partner. An automated polishing rig was created utilising an industrial Kuka robot donated by an industrial partner. PhDs on the following topic areas have received top ups from this partnership: Human automation cooperation Ubiquitous safety Capturing human skill (human factors) Capturing human skill (technical measurement) Variability Freeform fastener assembly Auto welding x2 Manipulating (and assembly) technologies for delicate components Automated visual inspection
Start Year 2011
 
Description EPSRC Centre Core Industrial Partners 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team have worked closely with Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Controls and Data Services (formerly known as Aero Engine Controls) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre, to tackle complex industrial automation challenges, producing proof of concept solutions for further progression (through the Catapult or the Cranfield exploitation path, depending on lead partner). We have visited multiple industrial sites to understand and advise on the challenges
Collaborator Contribution The industrial partners have funded top ups for a number of PhDs and have provided funding for core research as well as commissioning additional projects. They have been actively involved in providing industrial case examples and have placed staff within the EPSRC Centre, to learn, to share knowledge and to support collaboration. They have attended board meetings, helped to shape new funding proposals and made financial commitment to these, have provided access to facilities, equipment and expertise.
Impact A number of proof of concept demonstrators have been created. These are currently confidential within this partnership. An automated TIG welding rig has been created, 50% funded by an industrial partner. An automated polishing rig was created utilising an industrial Kuka robot donated by an industrial partner. PhDs on the following topic areas have received top ups from this partnership: Human automation cooperation Ubiquitous safety Capturing human skill (human factors) Capturing human skill (technical measurement) Variability Freeform fastener assembly Auto welding x2 Manipulating (and assembly) technologies for delicate components Automated visual inspection
Start Year 2011
 
Description Electroadhesion Partnership 
Organisation Aylesbury Automation Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Working alongside the partners to better understand the fundamental electrostatics phenomenon. Modelling and simulation as well as experimental undertaking. We have used our testing rig at LU to undertake practical testing using pads provided by Aylesbury Automation Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Aylesbury Automation have provided physical equipment including EA pad holders, flexible EA pads and time for collaborative discussions. SHU have provided time and access to their lab based facilities for additional field meter testing and further understanding of the EA phenomenon.
Impact Two publications are currently under review ready for publication: 2-D visualisation of the electro-static field and release characteristics of the EA pad.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Electroadhesion Partnership 
Organisation Sheffield Hallam University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working alongside the partners to better understand the fundamental electrostatics phenomenon. Modelling and simulation as well as experimental undertaking. We have used our testing rig at LU to undertake practical testing using pads provided by Aylesbury Automation Ltd.
Collaborator Contribution Aylesbury Automation have provided physical equipment including EA pad holders, flexible EA pads and time for collaborative discussions. SHU have provided time and access to their lab based facilities for additional field meter testing and further understanding of the EA phenomenon.
Impact Two publications are currently under review ready for publication: 2-D visualisation of the electro-static field and release characteristics of the EA pad.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Percussion Plus Ltd (SME) 
Organisation Percussion Plus Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our research team completed a human factors analysis of the manual beater winding process and produced a 3D printed initial proof of concept demonstrator for stage 1 of the beater creation process. Initial work with this SME was funded through the EPSRC Centre outreach programme.
Collaborator Contribution Percussion Plus provided full access to their team, sample products, and detailed product information. They also support a number of student projects.
Impact An initial proof of concept for stage one of beater winding was produced Further work is needed and funding routes have been discussed. Multi-disciplinary: Human factors Engineering
Start Year 2013
 
Description QFC Ltd (SME) 
Organisation Quality Furniture Company Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Our research team assessed the business case for automation of key processes and provided a report - this linked to a PhD within the EPSRC Centre We have also supported TPD projects looking at key challenges. Initial work with this SME was funded through the outreach programme.
Collaborator Contribution QFC have provided ongoing access to their factory and their team. They have provided advice and support to students. They have provided factory materials and case studies for research. They have supported bids for additional funding.
Impact A report on the business case for automation Reports on key challenges submitted by QFC
Start Year 2015
 
Description Siemens - Business Case for Automation 
Organisation Siemens AG
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Investigation of business case for automation. New techniques are being developed to assess the technical, economic and social case for automation based on Siemens case information and results from the EPSRC centre.
Collaborator Contribution Siemens is providing data and case information for the development, testing and refinement of the assessment model.
Impact The partnership is in its early phase and results are expected towards the summer of 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Big Bang Near Me at the Market Bosworth School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Inspiring day out with lots of interest in basic science principles.

We scored the highest approval ratings collated from all attendees and have been invited to the next School outreach event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/
 
Description Call for Feasibility Studies (Jan, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Collaborations have been agreed with four UK Universities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description ENSURE Scheme Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact PhD and undergraduate student attended workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description EPSRC Theme Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event was held to facilitate a review of current robotics, automation and artificial intelligence portfolios in relevance to Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) in order to evaluate the quality and importance of EPSRC's portfolio of research and training in the area. It involved poster presentations from holders of current and recent related grants from across the EPSRC portfolio and gave attendees an opportunity to view work of relevance to RAAI from across the EPSRC portfolio and to network with leaders in the area from across the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/news/epsrc-robotics-automation-and-artificial-intelligence-raai-th...
 
Description EPSRC-DST UK-India mission to Delhi and Mumbai - Centre Director 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact New EPSRC Call for UK-India Collaboration

Application submitted by Centre Academic to the EPSRC Call
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/files/funding/calls/2012/uk-india-partnership-in-advanced-manufacturing-resea...
 
Description Engineering Experience Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hosted a visit from 20 x GCSE students from local schools who were given a tour/demonstrations of the Centre's facilities and provided with an overview of engineering careers and the degrees offered by Loughborough University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Engineering YES Competition (June, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact PhD students had an improved understanding on how to make a business case.

Students have a better understanding of the business side of their respective research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.engineeringyes.org/
 
Description Exhibition Stand, Family Science and Engineering Fair, 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An estimated 1,000 visitors; a mix of families and school children attended. The EPSRC Centre stand was consistently busy throughout the day with both children and adults exploring the interactive exhibits and asking questions about intelligent automation / the work of the EPSRC Centre. Introduced FIRST LEGO League to children and parents, who showed interest in reporting this back to their schools to encourage participation.

Further requests to organise exhibition stands.
High number of registrations for FIRST LEGO League regional competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/national-science-engineering-week
 
Description Exhibition Stand, Farnborough International Airshow 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Exhibition stand, shared with other EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing. Situated within the Innovation Zone at Farnborough International Airshow. Diverse audience including industry, Government, academia, schools and the general public. Provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the EPSRC Centres and engage directly on the topic of Intelligent Automation. Very popular stand utilising Lego Mindstorms to demonstrate key industrial automation concepts.

Raised awareness of the EPSRC Centres. Facilitated relationship building between the EPSRC Centres, contacts followed up afterwards regarding possible collaborative research. Teambuilding for our EPSRC Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.farnborough.com/
 
Description FIRST LEGO League Launch Event (13th Aug, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact There were 30 regional partners present who participated in training and info session.

The regional partners then disseminated the information from the training session to the Schools participating in the competition. A total of 400 Schools are involved in this year's national competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/
 
Description FIRST LEGO League Launch Event (Sep, 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact There were 30 regional partners present who participated in training and info session.

The regional partners then disseminated the information from the training session to the Schools participating in the competition. A total of 400 Schools are involved in this year's national competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description FIRST LEGO League National Final (annual event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact National STEM competition hosted and sponsored by the EPSRC Centre to encourage children in STEM subjects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
URL http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/
 
Description FIRST LEGO League National Finals (Feb, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sparked more interest in STEM careers

Increased participation in the competition from Schools nation wide
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/
 
Description FIRST LEGO League Regional Finals (Dec, 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Sparked more interest in STEM careers

Increased participation in the competition from regional Schools
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/
 
Description FLL Season Launch (annual event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Formal annul launch of the FIRST LEGO League competition. Meeting all the regional partners and stakeholders involved in organizing local tournaments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
URL http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/about/index.cfm
 
Description Feasibility Study Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cranfield University - Use of gaming Interface Technology for decision making in intelligent automation systems

Birmingham University - Machine-learning of vision guided bi-manual grasps for adaptable autonomous manipulation in manufacturing environments

Salford University - Soft, safe and variable stiffness continuum manipulators for intelligent automation

UWE - HRI team work study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description FisherSmith 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted Keith Filpot, Limited lab tour, discussion about what they do and what they hope to do in future. Potentially bidding for some joint Innovation UK funding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Haptic Feedback and VR Demo from Haption 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Following, the centre workshop held in the laboratory (here in Loughborough). I have been task to investigate solution and technology such as tracking glove and haptic feedback device that could be used in our current or future research project.

After investigation, Pierre Vercruysse contacted me and ask me if we would be interested to see a demo of one of their product, as he was in the country to visit some of their clients at the same period.

The meeting was composed of different demos following by a Q&A on the potentiality of their products for our research (without going in too much detail).

The next step is for me to inform everyone involved with the workshop of my findings on the different technologies. Finally, this will be presented to industrial partners to develop research project and get funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Held a Dissemination Workshop on Digitisation of Human-Robot Collaborative Workspaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted Aprire Bicycles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Carbon Layout Meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted Autonomous Systems and Robotics for Industrial Applications Workshop (March 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations were given on Future Automation Needs for High Value Manufacturing, SME-Suitable robots, Collaborative Autonomous Systems for Industrial Applications and Cognitive Robotics for Industrial Applications, with time for networking. Feedback received was very positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted CDS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted Richard Mellor,Paul Cameron, Jamie Quinton, Tim Ringham, Paul Beech, tour of lab and demonstrations given.
Discussions held regarding potential projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Hosted Caterpillar at Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted Tony Carr/Paul Roberts/Mark Heptonstall. A tour of the lab and overview of research activities given
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Hosted Gas-Sense Solutions Ltd and Coty 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted George Edwards - MD (Gas-Sense Solutions Ltd) and Mary Bady - VP (Coty)
Tour of the lab and demonstrations given
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted High Value Manufacturing Catapult 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of the lab and overview of research activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Hosted IET 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting held to discuss FLL for the coming year
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact STEM activity aimed at Primary school aged children. Feedback received indicates that participants gained invaluable research, communication and teamwork skills.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.juniorfirstlegoleague.org/
 
Description Hosted McLaren 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Camera demonstration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted Nicholas Hooper, Head of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General, Los Angeles (Dec, 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To promote and facilitate UK research links with the rest of the world

Following the visit, Mr Hooper had a better understanding of the Centre's research and its current links around the world, as well as your key research thrusts moving forward. Mr Hooper is leading an effort by the US team to develop key research themes over the next 1-3 year, and this visit has helped in informing this process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Hosted Rexam Plc 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and overview of research activities given
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Hosted Rolls-Royce (UK and Singapore) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of lab and demonstrations given
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted Siemens Plc 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and overview of research activities given
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Hosted Visit from High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted Wrenglor 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted a visit from AGR Automation Limited, Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from ATS Applied Tech Systems Ltd, Nuneaton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Adidas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted a visit from Clifton Packaging 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted a visit from Cranfield and Sheffield Universities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Ekkosense Ltd, Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from GE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussed future collaboration project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from General Electric 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Jiangsu Industrial Research Insitiute, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Jiangsu Industrial Research Insitiute, China 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Queen's University, Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Rolls-Royce 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunties
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Rolls-Royce 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Rolls-Royce 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted a visit from 17 Rolls-Royce Engineers re. up-date on the work currently being undertaken in the lab and to identify future requirements
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted a visit from Routeco, Milton Keynes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from Sanoh Industrial Co. Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted:
Srinivas Gandrothula - R&D Engineer,
Arai Daisuke - Senior Engineer
Amasaki Yoshiaki - Chief Engineer
Tour of Lab and demonstrations given

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted a visit from The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential opportunities re. Human Robot Collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from The Weir Group, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from The Welding Institute, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hosted a visit from University of Lincoln 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from University of Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Visitors from Liverpool University were given a tour of the Centre's facilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted a visit from a number of Austrian Businesses organised by Advantage Austria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted a visit of 14 Austrian business, made up of 24 people, which included a presentation, tour of the lab and demonstrations in relation to potential future collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted a visit from the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities in relation to aerospace research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from the University of Warwick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from various companies in conjunction with EPSRC Light Controlled Factory project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted delegates from the 2nd UK-RAS Conference for PhD Students & Early-Career Researchers on 'Embedded Intelligence' being held at Loughborough University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Provided delegates of the UK RAS Conference with a tour of the Centre's facilities and demonstrations/presentations of our current research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hosted visit from Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Advantage Austria 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Airbus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Aylesbury Automation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted visit from BAE Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Balfour Beatty 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and discussions regarding collaborative automation opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Bradgate Bakeries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Destaco 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted visit from Europe of MAS Innovation (Pvt) Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Federation of Small Businesses 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Fraunhofer IPA, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and discussions relating to European project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from Innovate UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tour of Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from National Instruments 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hosted visit from QFC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from biov8tion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab and collaborative discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hosted visit from the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineers/Confederation of British Metalforming 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The visitors were impressed with the research work being carried out at our Centre. They suggested that the "Panel Forming Project" would benefit low volume manufacturers.

Adrian Nicklin from The Institute of Sheet Metal Engineers has offered to put us in touch with SMEs. One of the initiatives suggested was in relation to surface insepection in the paint industry.


The Institute of Sheet Metal Engineers is interested in including our "Panel Forming Project" in their annual magazine "ORACLE", which is due to be publsihed in Spring 2015. The details for this will be taken from our 2014 annual report.

The Confederation of British Metalforming would also like to include our "Panel Forming Project" in their magazine "Metal Matters", together with inforamtion about our Centre and its activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description ICED 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Academic and PhD student attended conference and presented a paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ICMQC 2013 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented a paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description ICMT - International Conference on Mechatronics Technology 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 2 PhD students attended Conference and one paper presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description IMechE Keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Helped the audience understand state-of-the-art intelligent automation technology and applications

The audience had a better understanding of the application problems and integrating intelligent automation components into working systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Industrial networking and engagement day on Soft Technology at Bristol University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Inside Government Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact UK Research and Innovation Conference: Stimulating UK Growth and Development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/presentation/i16rig2911/
 
Description International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics & Vision 2014 (ICARCV) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact PhD student attended conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAFS 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact PhD attended conference to present paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact PhD students attended to present 2 papers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description International Conference on Manufacturing Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description IoP Conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Academic and PhD students attended the conference for networking and presenting paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description JCB visit to lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact JCB visit to look at the Cognex camera to see what visiting project students have been working on
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Junior FLL Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact To discuss and launch the Junior First Lego League.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Lamdamap Conference 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented a Paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description MTC and Danish Technological Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of lab given to
Matt Rayment - MTC
Jens Fynbo - DTI
Anders Billesø Beck - DTI
Kurt Nielsen - DTI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Manufacturing the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended conference and presented a poster
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Manufacturing the Future 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Centre had a stand at the conference
PhD's presented papers to conference attendees
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Manufacturing the Future Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Centre had a stand at the event. Sessions also attended by Centre members
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Manufacturing the Future Conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference attended by academics and management attended associated meetings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Mechatronics 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended conference and presented a paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Meeting with Prof Jose Barata - New University of Lisbon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact New project opportunities in automation systems using embedded distributed control
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Mr E Macey, ENSURE Scheme (Jul - Sep, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Significant contributions were made to one of our research projects.

The intent of this program is to encourage students to consider pursuing graduate degrees and to provide them an early opportunity to become involved in research by working with faculty mentors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Mr S Lyashenko, ENSURE Scheme (July - Sep 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Significant contributions were made to one of our research projects.

The intent of this program is to encourage students to consider pursuing graduate degrees and to provide them an early opportunity to become involved in research by working with faculty mentors. Mr Lyashenko joined the Centre as a PhD student after completing is undergraduate studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Outreach visit to St Faiths School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach, meet and greet session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description PPMA Conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Centre had a stand at the event and management attended conference sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Participation in European Robotics Challenges (EuROC) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Successfully solved various tasks associated with the challenge subject. Challenge Topic: Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation

An improved understanding of using open source systems for various robotics and automation applications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2014
URL http://www.euroc-project.eu/
 
Description Post LU and ASML experience by S Mathavan (former student) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact *
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description RAS Showcase 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Centre had a stand at the event - PhD and Management attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description ROS Conference 2014, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact PhD/ Research Associate attended conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description RTI Connext Conference 2015, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended the conference for learning about new developments, networking and learn about different applications of the technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Robotics and Autonomous Systems (SIG) Workshop (Sep, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participants were informed about the RAS agenda and their advise/views were sought for the autonomy call to be issued by the EPSRC in 2015.

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future team had collated data that would inform the call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Royal Academy of Engineering Event at MTC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mini conference and exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Royal Academy of Engineering Soiree held at the MTC (June, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ideas and views were exchanged.

Visitors acquired an improved understanding of how the frontiers of science and engineering are being used to develop new competitive manufacturing technology across a range of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive and food and the underpinning experimental and modelling techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description SFFS Conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact EngD Student attended conference to present paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description School visit (Free Range Education) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demonstration with Q&A

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Scoping Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Selsus WP6.2 Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Set Up for Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented a poster and attended conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Summer Soiree 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented Robust Intelligent Metrology Theme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description TPD and PDE Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Centre had a stand at the event, tour also given to IP's
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Tailor, M, Petzing, J, Jackson, M, Parkin, R (2014) Automatic surface defect quantification in 3D. SET for BRITAIN 2014. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Was able to discuss a core research theme from the EPSRC Centre and the broader remit of the Centre with policymakers/paliamentarians

SET for Britain was attended by 84 Parliamentarians from both Houses - increased exposure to EPSRC Centre work within Government
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/2014%20event%20report.pdf
 
Description The Big Bang Fair East Midlands (annual outreach event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Outreach engagement activity to encourage school children in STEM subjects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015
URL https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/
 
Description Tour of A320, A350 and A380 aircraft wing manufacturing processes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of the wing manufacturing lines for three wing derivations at the Broughton site. Discussed automation and human variability going on in these production lines
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Tour of Lab for British Consulate, Los Angeles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact To promote and facilitate UK research links with the rest of the world
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Tour of Lab to demonstrate EU ReBORN 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of Lab for the following companies:
HARMS & WENDE GMBH & CO KG (Germany),
FAGOR AUTOMATION S COOP LTD (Spain),
CRITICAL MANUFACTURING SA (Portugal),
IEF WERNER GMBH (Germany),
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT (Germany),
Steinbeis Innovation GmbH (Germany),
Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft (Germany),
Uoulu University (Finland),
GAMAX Számítástechnikai Kft (Hungary),
INSTITUTO DE SISTEMAS E ROBOTICA-ASSOCIACAO (Portugal),
ISG-INDUSTRIELLE STEUERUNGSTECHNIK GMBH (Germany), UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID (Spain),
PARO AG (Switzerland),
Z.E.C. AG (Switzerland),
TECHNAX INDUSTRIE SAS (France)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit by Asian Manufacturing Association / Robotics & Machinery Alliance, April 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Following tour of facilities, collaboration discussions took place afterwards

Interested in engaging directly with specific departments re collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit by Dr Ian Forristal, Royal Academy of Engineering - June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Visit to various campus facilities

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit by HRH, The Duke of Kent, March 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Increased national awareness

Generated interest and improved understanding of the Centre's purpose
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit by Head of R&T, Boeing - April 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Overview of capabilities / collaboration discussions

Collaboration discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit by John Alty, Acting Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, January 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Introductory visit to campus facilities

Raised Government awareness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Visit by Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary, BIS, January 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Question and answer following visit the EPSRC Centre laboratory

Raised Government awareness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Visit by Mexican Aerospace Institute UNAQ, June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Visit to various Aerospace facilities

Enhance partnership
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit by Mexican Ambassador, Diego Gomez Pickering, July 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Question and answer session following visit to EPSRC Centre lab

Raised international awareness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit by Michel Comes, Head of Research and Technology, Chief Engineer, Airbus Operations, February 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Questions and answers following visit to EPSRC Centre lab

Raised awareness at highest level within major sponsor company
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Visit by New Zealand High Commissioner, September 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Question and answers following visit to EPSRC Centre lab

Increased international awareness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Visit by Rt Hon David Willetts, The Universities & Science Minister, January 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Increased national awareness

Generate interest and improved understanding of the Centre's purpose
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Visit by The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia - May 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Official visit and meeting with international students

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit from Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, MP, Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities (Aug, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Generated a significant interest in the Centre's youth outreach activities and improved understanding of the Centre's primary purpose.

Nicky has been in touch to express her interest in being a part of our youth outreach activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit of the Vice Chancellor of the Technical University of Kenya, June 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Visit to various campus facilities

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit to ABB Limited, Milton Keynes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussions regarding a proposal that was being put together by a consortium of companies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to Airbus, Broughton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to Beihang University, China by Jianglong Guo - Jan 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Jianglong was given demonstrations of various robotic systems at Beihang University Robotics Research Centre in January 2015.



Jianglong gave out his business cards following the demonstrations in order that future contact may be established.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit to Bradgate Bakeries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tour of factory and involvement in working on production line to gain first hand knowledge of their automation requirements
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit to Columbia University in the city of New York (USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit to German Embassy, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Discussions on Industry 4.0 - the Future of Manufacturing in Europe. The discussion highlighted the potential of and the impact that Industry 4.0 has for businesses, workers and consumers, both in the UK and in Germany. Speakers underlined the need for closer cooperation within the European Union in order to set the standards for the future of Industry 4.0 and ensure the future competitiveness of European manufacturing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/__pr/Embassy__Talks/05/FutureOfManufacturingInEur...
 
Description Visit to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston (USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit to National University of Singapore (Singapore) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit to Northeastern University, China by Jianglong Guo - Dec 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Jianglong was given demonstrations of various robotic systems at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Technology facility, Northeastern University, in December 2014.



Jianglong gave out his business cards following the demonstrations in order that future contact may be established.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit to Percussion Plus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Collaborative discussions/work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Visit to Royal Academy of Engineering 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended Autumn Lecture: Towards General Artificial Intelligence, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.raeng.org.uk/events/list-of-events/2016/september/autumn-lecture
 
Description Visit to SIMTech (Singapore) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit to SimTech, Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Delivering a presentation about IA-CIM
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit to University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Potential collaborative opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to University of Nottingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discuss proposals for an on-going research project with other groups within the consortium
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Visit to University of Pennsylvania (USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit to University of Peradeniya 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Deliver a presentation about IA-CIM
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit to World Robotic & Intelligent Equipment Industry Conference by Prof Phil Webb - December 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation given on Automation in the Aerospace Industry - where is it heading?

Q&A session took place
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Visit to Yale University (USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented most recent work, explored potential for future collaboration, and discussed current and future research trends within the field of robotics and autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Forum based on: High Value Manufacturing in the UK - Next Step for Investment, Innovation and Competitiveness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Work Experience Student Hosted 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Student Tom Wilkinson hosted for 2 days
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Work Experience Student Hosted 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Student Sarina Rivlin-Sanders hosted for a week's work experience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Work Experience Student Hosted 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Student Allan Liu hosted for 1 day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015