Balancing the impact of City Infrastructure Engineering on Natural systems using Robots

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Civil Engineering

Abstract

Our vision is that of a city where infrastructure is autonomously maintained and dynamically responsive, focused on: securing the health & wellbeing of its citizens; contributing to flourishing and sustainable natural systems in the city; and creating positive economic and societal outlooks.

Towards our vision we will tackle the Grand Challenge of: Zero disruption from Streetworks in UK Cities by 2050.

Our strongly interdisciplinary team aspires to fulfil our Grand Challenge through pioneering scientific research (and research methods) into: autonomous systems for minimally invasive infrastructure sensing, diagnosis and repair; development of advanced robots for deployment in complex live city environments; and the socio-technical intricacy of the robot - human - natural systems interfaces. We will develop pioneering robot designs, technical implementations and socio-economic impact cases linked to specific application requirements, starting with three case-study systems:
o "Perch and Repair" remote maintenance and modernisation of lighting columns to promote their use as multifunctional platforms for city communication nodes;
o "Perceive and Patch" Swarms of flying vehicles for autonomous inspection, diagnostics, repair and prevention of highway defects (e.g. potholes);
o "Fire and forget" hybrid robots designed to operate indefinitely within live utility pipes performing inspection, repair, metering and reporting tasks.

Planned Impact

The potential societal benefits of this proposal range from reduced risk to operators and the public in the street, lowered resource consumption (hence increased resource security), enhanced wellbeing in times of austerity and constantly adapting systems to deliver resilience in a dynamic world. It has the potential to turn the Smart Cities concept from a reactive one of determining condition assessment through built-in sensing technologies, to one of city infrastructure as a proactive automated self-repairing system. We propose an advanced vision for Future Cities equipped to not just cope, but thrive under the stresses placed on them owing to population increase and climate change. Impacts include:

Societal impact:
(i) The systems developed within this work will enable people within cities to live more harmoniously with nature through reduced energy use and waste from infrastructure maintenance.
(ii) Risk to workers will decrease, resulting in less injuries and deaths
(iii) Health will increase due to less pollution and thriving bio-diverse cities that have been demonstrated to improve the health of people
(iv) Happiness will improve though reduce transport delays and improved bio-diversity.
(v) People will be required to undertake less "dull and dirty" manual labour work thereby providing greater job satisfaction.


The knowledge base:
(i) New and innovative approaches to the design, fabrication and integration of robotic systems will position the UK at the forefront of the global knowledge base in the fields of robotics & mechatronics.
(ii) Advances in 3D printing techniques will provide knowledge and techniques to impact across the fields of Mechanical, Electrical and Material Science.
(iii) Dissemination of the knowledge and techniques worldwide will increase the global knowledge base and impact upon global technological advances.

Impact upon people and skills:
(i) Education - The techniques and methods established in this research will feed through into postgraduate and undergraduate courses in the form of case studies and projects as well as to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
(ii) As a result of a direct engagement in the project, 9 PDRAs and seven PhD students will gain experience of multidisciplinary research where end users, national research centres, and industry are all involved. This provides a unique opportunity for training and they will gain considerable benefit from this.
(iii) Future generations will be inspired and the general public will gain a better understanding of research, and specifically the techniques developed here, through outreach events, and online access to materials and experiments.

Economic impact:
(i) Cities will prosper financially through better transport connectivity and less transport disruption.
(ii) The technologies developed will generate significant intellectual property (IP) that will impact upon the UK competitiveness.
(iii) New robotic products and procedures will be generated that will directly generate income for the UK economy.
 
Title TV Programme - Secrets of the Super Elements 
Description Forget oil, coal and gas - a new set of materials is shaping our world and they're so bizarre they may as well be alien technology. In the first BBC documentary to be filmed entirely on smartphones, material scientist Prof Mark Miodownik reveals the super elements that underpin our high-tech world. We have become utterly dependent on them, but they are rare and they're already running out. The stuff that makes our smartphones work could be gone in a decade and our ability to feed the world depends mostly on a mineral found in just one country. Mark reveals the magical properties of these extraordinary materials and finds out what we can do to save them 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Greater public understanding of materials science and engineering 
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08rv9r6
 
Description So far, we have developed: an inspection robot that can operate autonomously in a 1-inch pipe, with wireless power transfer for charging; technology to 3D print asphalt - with better properties than normal asphalt - in order to manufacture customised 'patches' for cracks and potholes in roads; we have attached a 3D polymer printer to a drone and demonstrated that it can be flown it to damage locations and operated; a flying drone that can control and co-ordinate the movements of robotic trucks on the ground; a manipulator arm attached to a flying drone that can autonomously lad on a lamppost and perform tasks; designed a 'horizon scanning' exercise to determine the likely ecological effect of operating robots in the natural environment; and simulated how very simple and cheap 'disposable' robots with control systems based on the brains of nematode worms can efficiently locate potholes or other defects in roads.
Exploitation Route The findings will be used to develop the next generation of robots for infrastructure inspection and repair, but with applications in any field that might benefit from the introduction of robotics and autonomous systems. .
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL http://selfrepairingcities.com/
 
Description One of the major impacts of the projects so far has been to raise awareness among the public both of the use of robots in infrastructure, and infrastructure in general. The project has caught the imagination of the world's press, and the team has carried out dozens of international TV, radio, online and print media interviews and features over the past two years. These have ranged from local radio stations to international outlets such as the BBC World Service, Washington Post and Newsweek. This has been has been augmented by our own series of engagement events (e.g. working with post-16 students at University Technical College) and documents (e.g. RAS White Paper) and invitations to events such as the Cheltenham Science Festival. More specific impacts will emerge as the technical and social science aspects of the work combine; a recurring theme in media engagement is the 'what about our jobs' question and we have recently started our socio-technical analysis in this area.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Appointed Fellow on University of Cambridge Construction Engineering Masters programme.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The CEM programme is a Master-level qualification for construction and manufacturing industry professionals. I was appointed to deliver material and supervise dissertations in Critical Materials and Automation of Construction.
URL https://www.construction.cam.ac.uk/cem-programme
 
Description Alumni PhD funding contribution
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds Alumni 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Equipment grant
Amount £650,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
 
Description UK RAS Network - Additional Capital Funding
Amount £6,500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M012522/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description UKCRIC - CORONA: City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics
Amount £1,011,544 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R013411/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2020
 
Description UKCRIC - National Buried Infrastructure Facility
Amount £21,600,002 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P013635/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description UKCRIC - PLEXUS - Priming Laboratory EXperiments on infrastructure and Urban Systems
Amount £1,013,092 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R013535/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2019
 
Description UKCRIC National Centre for Infrastructure Materials (Leeds)
Amount £4,498,620 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P017169/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description Anglian Water Collaboration 
Organisation Yorkshire Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Feasibility Study and Technology Demonstration
Collaborator Contribution Testing Facilities, Validation data and Cost Benefit Analysis
Impact Tbc - new collaboration
Start Year 2018
 
Description "Self Repairing Cities" website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The website for the EPSRC "Grand Challenge" Project on robots for infrastructure: zero streetworks by 2050. "To find out more about Self Repairing Cities, please explore this section further where you will find our Vision, a detailed Description of our project, and our Partners - inclusive of University of Leeds, UCL, University of Birmingham and University of Southampton - and the talented individuals involved, listed within our People section."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://selfrepairingcities.com/
 
Description Archaeologists discover mysterious void deep within Great Pyramid of Giza 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview on infrastructure robotics and how they could be used in archaeology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article in the Guardian [20/9/2016] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The automated city: Do we still need humans to run public services (The Guardian, 21/09/16)
Feature article on advances in technology which highlights the self-repairing cities programme led by Professor Phil Purnell (Engineering)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/sep/20/automated-city-robots-run-public-services-councils
 
Description BBC Radio 4 Start The Week: Materials Culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We discussed for 45 minutes the relationship between politics, art, and materials science and engineering in materials culture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06bgbvx
 
Description BBC Yorkshire contributions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TV: BBC One Yorkshire - Invented in The North (23/06/17, 7.30pm)
Dr Rob Richardson & Dr Bilal Kaddouh (both Engineering) show off their drone which is capable of controlling and delivering other robots which are aiming to self-heal cities.


TV: BBC One Yorkshire - Look North (23/06/17, 6.43pm)
A preview of the program 'Inventions in the North', which includes drones being developed by Professor Phil Purnell, Dr Rob Richardson & Dr Bilal Kaddouh (all Engineering), which are designed to create self-healing cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://goo.gl/KZm913
 
Description Battle of the bots: Infrastructure robotic systems challenge event in Leeds to showcase the future - Bilal Kaddouh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview about Self-Repairing cities and robots in infrastructure
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.asianexpress.co.uk/2017/06/battle-of-the-bots-infrastructure-robotic-systems-challenge-e...
 
Description Budget 2017: Fixing the north-south divide in R and D funding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Financial Times: Discussion of the ISCF strategy and robot demonstration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Contributor to BBC Radio 4 news and cultural programmes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1. BBC Radio 4 - The Science of Dr Seuss - Contributor - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b085z058?ns_mchannel=social& - 2nd Jan 2017

2. BBC Radio 4 - Print Me A New Body - Contributor - - 5th June 2017 - BBC Radio 4 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08rq6dl

3. BBC Radio 4 - The Science of Cake - Contributor - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1pSjKGxlHPVkFYvzp34CVjM/how-science-can-help-you-bake-the-perfect-sponge-cake - 25th Sept 2017

4. BBC Radio 4 Today Programme - The Science of Crisp Packets - Contributor -- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05qbsq8 - 7th Dec 2017

5. BBC Radio 4 PM Programme - The Problem with Plastics - Contributor - 17th, 18th and 19th 2018 Jan http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qskw
6. BBC World Service Newshour Programme 17th Jan 2018: - The Problem with Plastics - Contributor : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172vr1kyqhhhfs

7. BBC Radio 4 - A Good Read - 24th Feb 2018 - Contributor: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09snj94
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EuroNews - superfast broadband speeds for a brave new gigaworld 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News item by EuroNews on 18/09/2017 title 'Superfast broadband speeds for a brave new gigaworld' featured Dr Raul Fuentes from the University of Leeds talking about the Self Repairing Cities project (2.45 - 3.30 mins). Featured footage of robots from the Self Repairing Cities project and from the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotic Challenge event (June 2017, Leeds) organised by the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.euronews.com/video/2017/09/18/superfast-broadband-speeds-for-a-brave-new-gigaworld
 
Description Extensive coverage in New Scientist [12/1/16] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Self-repairing cities will maintain their own roads (New Scientist, 12/01/16)
The future possibilities of research by Professor Phillip Purnell and Professor Robert Richardson (both Engineering) into self-repairing city robots are explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.newscientist.com/article/2072761-self-healing-cities-will-fix-their-own-potholes/
 
Description Facebook Live - reporting from Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotic Challenge Event (June 2017, Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The University of Leeds ran a Facebook live event from the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotics Challenge Event (28 June, 2017). The event broadcast the outside drone demonstrations and had a reach of 19,805 people (number of people who received impressions of a page post), received 4,900 views (number of people who went on to view page), 119 likes and 15 shares.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Finding Lucy - robotics and autonomous systems to the rescue in a disaster scenario 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A film by the Autonomous Systems group at University of Southampton showcasing autonomous systems and robotics research from several UK-RAS Network universities. Watch robotics come to the rescue as disaster strikes a power station while a school visit is in progress. 130 pupils from New Forest Academy, plus their parents and teachers, joined staff, students and participants to watch the première of 'Finding Lucy'. The film, shown on Monday 26 June, was part of UK Robotics Week 2017 and the event was held in The Cube cinema in the Students' Union building, University of Southampton. 'Finding Lucy' is now available to watch on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://youtu.be/eD742AI21fk
 
Description GCSE Science Live Events 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks to school children in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester organised by GCSE Science Live
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://gcsesciencelive.net/
 
Description GCSE Science Live Events 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talks at Oxford & London organised by GCSE Science Live
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://gcsesciencelive.net/
 
Description GEES Newsletter June 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Resilience through innovation: local transport and utility infrastructure, GEES Newsletter, 13 June 2011 (also displayed on GEES news webpages), University of Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description IET Engineering Festival, 17th Oct 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on Self Repairing Cities by Mark Miodownik, Author of the bestselling Stuff Matters and presenter of shows including Materials and Chef vs. Science. Talk available via the internet subsequently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.engfest.org/
 
Description Infrastructure presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Keynote a major school/undergraduate event in Mangalore india.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Infrastructure presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote Lecture at UK RAS finale in robotics week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Infrastructure presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote an academic/industrial event in Foshan, China
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Infrastructure robotics academic and industrial meeting and challenge event 
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 This two day challenge event brought together over 80 academics, industry, policy makers and stakeholders together to explore the future use of robots in the creation, inspection, repair and maintenance of critical infrastructure. The event was run as part of the UK Robotics Week 2017 to showcase the current state-of-the-art of robotics for infrastructure through a packed programme of talks and demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Institute of Making - Research Workshops and Events 2015/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The 2015-2016 series of research workshops (listed below) engaged researchers from multiple disciplines together for the day to explore common materials and making-related research interests. These workshops typically gather together a range of speakers on a theme that spans disciplines, giving an idea of the breadth and wealth of materials and making research. The purpose of these days is explicitly to encourage new interdisciplinary research projects that draw on the expertise we have at UCL, as well as in the Institute's wider community of researchers, makers and manufacturers.

Stone as a Material, March 2015
Glass Sponges, November 2015
Exploring Curious Materials, December 2015
Open AFT/LEGO2NANO, December 2015
Engineers Save Lives, January 2016
Hands on Learning, February 2016
Co-Lab Biomaterials, February 2016
Co-Lab Biomaterials, February 2016
Design-Led Materials Finale, March 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
 
Description Institute of Making - Research Workshops and Events 2016/2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 18th April, 2016. Akins Away Day. (Corporate).
28th April, 2016. Materials Library Evening. (Library) Public event.
4th May, 2016. Concrete with Leigh Cameron. (Masterclass) Public event.
9th May, 2016. Copper Spoon Making. (Masterclass) Public event.
24th May, 2016. Hands of X, Dundee. (Research event)
6th June, 2016. Hands of X, London. (Research event)
15th June, 2016. Hands of X, Glasgow. (Research event)
21st June, 2016. Wooden Whistle Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
21st June, 2016. Morning - Felt Ball and 3D Hand Embroidery Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
21st June, 2016. Morning - Chair Caning Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
21st June, 2016. Dustpan and Brush Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
21st June, 2016. Afternoon - Felt Ball and 3D Hand Embroidery Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
21st June, 2016. Afternoon - Chair Caning Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
22nd June, 2016. Laminate Wood Forming Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
22nd June, 2016. Morning - Experimental Fabric Colouring Masterclass. (Festival of Stu ) 22nd June, 2016. Afternoon - Experimental Fabric Colouring Masterclass (Festival of Stu ) 22nd June, 2016. Performing Matter - Greatest Hit and New Findings. (Festival of Stu )
23rd June, 2016. Morning - Experimental Pewter Casting Masterclass. (Festival of Stu ) 23rd June, 2016. Morning - Fish Printing Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
23rd June, 2016. Morning - Plant Moisture Sensor Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
23rd June, 2016. Afternoon - Experimental Pewter Casting Masterclass. (Festival of Stu ) 23rd June, 2016. Afternoon - Fish Printing Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
23rd June, 2016. Afternoon - Plant Moisture Sensor Masterclass. (Festival of Stu ) 24th June, 2016. Morning - Concrete Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
24th June, 2016. Sensors Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
24th June, 2016. Afternoon - Concrete Masterclass. (Festival of Stu )
25th June, 2016. Festival of Stu . (Open day)
13th July, 2016. Failure Non-Event. (Research Hub event)
26th July, 2016. Object-based and Creative Methods for Communicating Emotions. (Research event).
18th July - 18th August, 2016. Beer Brewing. (Masterclass) Member event.
26th July, 2016. Touching Emotions: Object-based and Creative Methods for Communicating Emotions. (Research event) Public event.
16th August, 2016. Day in the woods with Geo rey Fisher. (Masterclass) Member event. 17th September, 2016. Cutlery Design Challenge. (Exhibition) Public and members challenge.
20th September - 22nd January, 2017. Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy. (Research Hub event)
4th - 7th October, 2016. UCL Lunchtime Looks. (Open to all UCL).
4th - 7th October, 2016. Jeremy Atkinson - Clog Maker. (Maker in Residence).
28th October, 2016. Sand Casting with Silver. (Masterclass) Member event.
28th October, 2016. Sand Casting with Silver. (Masterclass) Public event.
5th November, 2016. Geology. (Open day) Public event.
23rd November, 2016. Museums on Prescription. (Outreach).
28th November, 2016. Co-Lab. (Research hub event).
5th December, 2016. Introduction to pattern cutting with Juliana Sissons. (Masterclass) Member event.
5th December, 2016. Interpreting of a shop-bought pattern with Juliana Sissons. (Masterclass) Member event.
19th December, 2016. Make Merry. (Workshop) Member event.
20th - 21st January, 2017. Coding & Representation Conference. (Research Hub event)
13th February, 2017. Stool in a day. (Masterclass) Member event.
20th February, 2017. Introduction to the art of Kintsugi. (Masterclass) Member event.
24th February, 2017. Materials Library talk with Mark Miodownik. (Library) Public event. 25th February, 2017. Design inclusive workshop. (Outreach)
27th February, 2017. Morning - Glass working. (Masterclass) Member event.
27th February, 2017. Afternoon - Glass working. (Masterclass) Member event.
11th March, 2017. 4th Birthday. (Open day) Public event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Interview for BBC World Service [16/12/16] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Professor Phil Purnell (FBS) discusses the self-repairing cities programme and how by using robots small problems in infrastructure can be identified and fixed become they become a significant issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04lmgz8
 
Description Interview for Radio 4 [30/6/16] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio: Professor Phil Purnell on a robotic future (BBC Radio 4, 30/06/16)
Professor Phil Purnell (Engineering) talks about research into self-repairing cities and the possibilities of using robots to repair roads.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07h2vmf#playt=14m53s
 
Description Interview on Radio Aire 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio: Aire (29/01/18, 4pm)
Radio Aire 29th January - Broadcast
Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) comments on assertions in the media that robots will increasingly become capable of carrying out jobs currently done by humans.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Talk Radio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on Infrastructure Robots for Talk Radio show.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://talkradio.co.uk/
 
Description Made in Leeds TV - reporting on Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotics Challenge Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Made in Leeds TV. On the Aire News, with reporter Joe Robinson. 3.12 minute report on Tuesday 27 June 2017 featuring Raul Fuentes talking about the 'Self Repairing Cities' project and 3D printing drone, and 3.40 minutes report on Wednesday 28th June 2017 featuring Rob Richardson talking about the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotics Challenge event (27-8 June 2017, Leeds), along with the emotion detection, Lucie robot and metamorphic walker demonstrations. Average viewing figures for On the Aire News are 114,004 views.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://selfrepairingcities.com/outputs/robots-resilient-infrastructure/507-2/
 
Description New Scientist Live Event, 22nd Sept 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact New Scientist Live is an award-winning, festival of ideas and discoveries for everyone curious about science and why it matters. It runs for five days in September in London, and includes more than 140 speakers and 100 exhibitors come together with thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances. Fun, entertaining, informative and inspirational.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://live.newscientist.com/
 
Description Outreach at the University Technical College, Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 6th March 2018. Members of the Self-Repairing Cities project participated in a STEM related outreach event called Ingenuity and Beyond at the University Technical College (UTC) in Leeds. The event covered practical applications for robotics and the aimed impact of the event was to present subjects that the UTC'S own students can aspire to, as well as giving them a glimpse of work that goes on in robotics at the University and other companies. The event comprised of technical activities alongside interactive talks and workshops, with the aim of adding an engaging extra dimension to the school curriculum.
Around 100 students from Y10-13 attended the talk on Self-Repairing Cities, which included a mix of direct presentation and video footage from the project as well as a demonstration of the work on bio-inspired pot-hole searching. The students were very engaged and participated by asking questions and interacting with the robot during the demonstration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ingenuityandbeyond.com/robots/
 
Description Participating in UK Department Science Advisory Council Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An expert panel to advise the government on robotics for infrastructure
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Physics in Action Event - Nov and Dec 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two Physics in Action talks by Mark Miodownik given to A-level student (London, Nov/Dec 2017) on Materials for the 21st century: just as we are becoming more synthetic, our man-made environment is changing to become more lifelike - living buildings and objects that heal-themselves are on the horizon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.thetrainingpartnership.org.uk/study-day/physics-in-action-14/
 
Description Podcast for Guardian Technology "Chips with Everything" show [17/2/2017] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact How do you build a self-repairing city? - tech podcast
Leigh Alexander finds out how close we are to the end of potholes and road works. Could Leeds become the first city to repair itself, using new robot technology?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2017/feb/17/how-do-you-build-a-self-repairing-city-tech...
 
Description Presentation of Assessing the Underworld - Understanding the Context for Engineering the Next Generation Infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation on an allied project, showing the links to this research programme, at International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://isngi.org/conference-outputs/
 
Description Press release on University of Southampton winning a positive impact award for Robots for Resilient Infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Press release on University of Southampton winning a positive impact award at the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotics Challenge Event, Leeds 27-8 June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.southampton.ac.uk/autonomous-systems/news/2017/07/robots-for-resilient-infrastructure.pa...
 
Description Public Talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 1. Cheltenham Science Festival, June 25,000 visitor - https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/ - June 2017

2. New Scientist Live - Sept 30,000 visitors - https://live.newscientist.com/ - 22nd Sept 2017

3. IET Engineering Festival -http://www.engfest.org/ - 17th Oct 2017

4. Three Physics in Action talks to 800 A-level student held in London - - Nov, Dec 2017 & March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Response to Dft consultation on the Safe use of drones in the UK (with UK RAS network) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contribution to Dft consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Robotics Tomorrow - Resilience robots put to the test at UK wide challenge event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Robotics Tomorrow website ran a story on 16/6/17 titled 'Resilience robots put to the test at UK wide challenge event' about the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Challenge Event (27-8 June, 2017). This was based on a press release by the University of Leeds: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4060/resilience_robots_to_be_tested_at_national_challenge_event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.roboticstomorrow.com/news/2017/06/15/resilience-robots-put-to-test-at-uk-wide-challenge-...
 
Description Robotics in the industrial strategy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC Newsnight: Discussion of the ISCF strategy and robot demonstration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Self-Repairing Cities - web article (USA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Self-repairing Cities
Alley Watch 21st August - News
Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) leads the self-repairing cities project and is quoted here, along with Dr Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr Raul Fuentes (Civil Engineering).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.alleywatch.com/2017/08/self-repairing-cities/
 
Description Stoke Lunar Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Public talk with MP for Stoke on Trent Tristram Hunt - for Lunar Society in preparation for City of Culture 2021 bid.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk at 8th International Advanced Robotics Program IARP-RISE'2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 8th International Advanced Robotics Program IARP-RISE'2017: Risky Interventions and Environmental SurveillancE Les Bons Villers (Charleroi), Belgium. Talk title: Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle perching and manipulation on a street lamppost. Authors: Liu, C., Paget, L., Turner, P., Erbil, M. A., & Prior, S.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Conversation: How robot explorers are making the finds of the future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Blog post on popular site 'The Conversation' by Prof. Rob Richardson
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://theconversation.com/how-robot-explorers-are-making-the-finds-of-the-future-56954
 
Description The Drone Community in Construction - Bilal Kaddouh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk about the use of drones in construstion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.comit.org.uk/drone-community-launch
 
Description The Engineer - How robots can help meet the future challenges of infrastructure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview on infrastructure robotics published in The Engineer on 8/12/16. In it Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) explains the Infrastructure Robotics Challenge which the University is hosting as part of UK Robotics Week, and the University's vision to create self-repairing cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.theengineer.co.uk/how-robots-can-help-meet-the-future-challenges-of-infrastructure/
 
Description UK robotics demonstration on extreme robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Creation of a professional video to demonstrate the possibilities of infrastructure robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description University of Chester Christams Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Materials Science and Engineering schools talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Visit and presentation to Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation, meeting and tour with Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) to consider the use of robotic technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Yorkshire Evening Post article on Leeds robotics challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Yorkshire Evening Post ran an article title 'Leeds robotics challenge', published 16/12/16, about the forthcoming Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Challenge Event (Leeds, June 2017).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description YouTube videos of demonstrations at Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotics Challenge Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A series of 11 YouTube videos were made about the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure: International Robotics Challenge Event (27-28 June, Leeds). These included a short highlights video, a slightly longer overview video, and 9 videos of the individual robotic demonstrations. As of 16 Feb 2018, these videos have been viewed over 1400 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://selfrepairingcities.com/videos/robotics-challenge-event-videos/
 
Description mention in the Economist [11/6/16] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Fixing potholes - the hole story (The Economist, 11/06/16)
Research by Professor Phil Purnell and Dr Robert Richardson (Engineering) is referenced, regarding the automation of the inspection and maintenance of infrastructure using robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016