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 By 2050, 86% of the UK (and two-thirds of global) population will live in cities. Their quality of life will be critically dependent on infrastructure systems for water, power, transport etc. and natural systems for clean air, waste disposal and other associated. Many infrastructure artefacts are buried or elevated. Maintaining them through streetworks causes disruption costing the UK £4.3Bn pa. Each trench can reduce the life of a road by 30%; expenditure on potholes (£1.2Bn pa) is 10% of that actually required; half the material removed from trenches ends up in landfill; congestion doubles traffic pollution. For sustainable city ecosystems in 2050, we need to act now. We are developing Robots and Autonomous Systems (RAS) to live within infrastructure, addressing defects at the millimetre/gram-scale, preventing them from growing to the metre/tonne-scale that requires disruptive intervention.
We are on-target to achieve our technological vision, having demonstrated several prototype infrastructure robots:
- Minimally invasive sensing and repair: we have demonstrated our 'Pothole Prevention Robot', which is a drone equipped with a 3D printer that can locate, land on and repair small defects in roads, and 3D printing of bituminous material with properties superior to that of traditional asphalt. Roads are designed for a finite life with minimal maintenance; potholes are an inevitable consequence. The Pothole Prevention Robot would be part of a system where maintenance is continuous from day 1, repairing small defects before they turn into potholes.
- Robots in complex city environments: we have demonstrated drones that autonomously land on a lamppost and perform tasks using an attached manipulator arm, an inspection robot that can operate in a 1-inch pipe and can recharge wirelessly for longer operating times, and drones that co-ordinate the movements of trucks on a construction site. We have simulated how simple, cheap 'disposable' robots with control systems based on the brains of nematode worms could efficiently locate defects in roads.
In parallel to our technical work, we are also investigating the interfaces between robot - human - natural systems. We are developing a decision support systems for use with robots in infrastructure, and investigating regulation to permit 'beyond line of sight' drone operation. We have also initiated data collection to analyse the social and economic impacts of introducing AI and robots into city infrastructure, and a 'horizon scanning' exercise to determine the likely ecological effect of operating robots in the natural environment.
Our work naturally integrates interdisciplinary and cross-institution activity. Developing our 'Pothole Prevention Robot' has combined materials science, vision systems, signal processing, mechatronics and road engineering across three institutions: UCL developed the 3D asphalt printing nozzle; University of Birmingham developed tests to validate the methods; University of Leeds developed the UAV platform. Research staff have also shadowed road maintenance gangs and evaluated problems and outcomes as part of joint research with project partners on geophysics development. We are using heterodox economic analysis to develop business cases for deploying robots that include e.g. skills development and environmental value as well as cost-benefit analysis.
Our original vision proposed three technological RAS challenges: Perch & Repair (remote inspection and maintenance of structures at height, e.g. bridges); Perceive & Patch (autonomous diagnostics, repair and prevention of defects, e.g. potholes); and Fire & Forget (robots designed to operate indefinitely, e.g. in live water mains). Together with the UK RAS Network (http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/) we have added further themes to coordinate with (inter)national activity: Plunge & Protect (the ability to operate robots underwater or underground); Dismantle & Dispose (cut, separate, and unfasten structures in extreme environments); Construct & Confirm (coordinating robots to build infrastructure from CAD models); and Data & Decisions (create and interpret data for robots interfaced with smart cities). This also aligns to the EPSRC Delivery Plan and HMG Industrial Strategy (IS). We aim to: increase productivity through more efficient infrastructure maintenance, reduced disruption and improved industry skills; improve connectivity by integrating robots, the smart city and the Internet of Things; increase resilience by providing new ways to maintain critical national infrastructure; and improve health by reducing pollution and workforce injury rates. Upgrading infrastructure is a foundation of the IS, and Artificial Intelligence and Data is an IS Grand Challenge (GC); embedding RAS and associated data systems into infrastructure will be a key contributor. Our interaction with road monitoring and management and autonomous vehicles also addresses another IS-GC; Future Mobility.
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 Our public engagement and impact activities have exceeded expectations, placing EPSRC robotics and infrastructure research in the national and international spotlight, transforming how we think about infrastructure, and inspiring the public regarding a positive role for robots in society. Over 25 public events have taken place, engaging well over 6000 people, including sessions at the Cheltenham Science Festival and Institute of Making Open Days. Media interest has been extraordinary with over 100 items recorded. Investigators have appeared on ITV's 'Pothole Wars', BBC TV's Newsnight and Secrets of the Super Elements, BBC Radio 4's PM, Start The Week and specialist programmes such as 'Potholes - the road to the future', as well as on EuroNews and BBC World Service. Numerous articles have appeared in the press (e.g. Financial Times, Independent, Sunday Times, Guardian, Sun and Daily Mail) and news facing websites (both UK and internationally, including USA, China, Malaysia, Italy). We have also had interest from more industry-focused outlets such as ASME and Construction Research and Innovation. We produced a 'public-facing' version of our Mid-Term report [1] which has been picked up by the media to underpin their reporting. We are working on multiple levels to influence the national and international robotics and autonomous system (RAS) landscape. We have produced two white papers for the UK-RAS network, on robotics for infrastructure and for disaster resilience [2] setting the national agenda for future activity in these areas. As part of the Nesta Flying High initiative, we have been working with Bradford and Southampton city councils to develop a vision and case studies for the future role for drones our in cities. We also received an invitation from Bloomberg Philanthropic to participate in CityLab Detroit 2019, which convenes mayors, urban experts, and business leaders from the biggest international cities to discuss innovations that could shape our cities for the better. This enabled Self-Repairing Cities to join international conversations on the Smart Cities and Future Mobility agendas. We also have taken the debate on the ethics of future human-robot interactions to the European Parliament, at a White Rose Partnership event hosted by John Procter MEP in February 2019. By tackling head on the social benefits and impacts of adopting RAS technology for infrastructure we are laying the necessary groundwork to ensure an informed public debate so that future policy and regulation protects citizens without stifling innovation. As well as looking at the social and policy contexts, we are working with international infrastructure companies (e.g. Kier, Severn Trent, Anglian Water) to introduce RAS concepts at board-level. Our industry focused event 'Robots for Self-Repairing Cities' (June 2018) facilitated a productive two-way discussion on industry needs and state-of-the-art in infrastructure RAS and self-healing materials, leading to a series of potential collaborations. If industry is to adopt infrastructure RAS, it will need a workforce with the necessary skills and Self-Repairing Cities has worked to give educational experiences at post-16, BSc, MSc, PhD and industrial Masters level. [1] Self-Repairing Cities midterm report: http://selfrepairingcities.com/outputs/reports-presentations/ [2] RAS for Resilient Infrastructure: http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/white-papers 'Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Resilient Infrastructure' and 'Extreme Environments Robotics: Robotics for Emergency Response, Disaster Relief and Resilience'.
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 Analysing the Motion of Biological Swimmers
Amount £246,811 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S01540X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 04/2020
 
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 Lightweight hydrogen power system and multi-rotor drone achieving over 60 minutes flight endurance
Amount £699,249 (GBP)
Funding ID 132730 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description Multi-Disciplinary Pedestrian-in-the-Loop Simulator
Amount £653,011 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R008833/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2019
 
Description Nvidia GPU grant
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation NVIDIA 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 09/2017 
End 10/2017
 
Description Pervasive Sensing for Buried Pipes
Amount £7,290,965 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S016813/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 02/2024
 
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 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 UKCRIC PLEXUS
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 iCURE
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 01/2019
 
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 Nesta Flying High Project 
Organisation Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Researchers from the Self-Repairing Cities project collaborated as part of Nesta's 'Flying High Challenge'. 'Flying High' challenged five city-regions - Bradford, Preston, London, Southampton and the West Midlands region - to define what these places would like to see drones do (or not do) in their communities in the future. Self-Repairing Cities researchers formed part of the Bradford and Southampton teams that responded to this challenge: Prof Rob Richardson and Dr Bilal Kaddouh (both University of Leeds) working with Bradford, and Dr Stephen Prior (University of Southampton) working with colleague Prof Jim Scanlan as part of the Southampton team. As well as outlining the future role for drones in cities, each city did a case study to get to the heart of what drone use would look like in practice, and whether or not these uses are technically, economically and socially feasible. Self-Repairing Cities researchers contributed technical expertise towards these case studies which included: 1) Supporting the fire and rescue service in Bradford by provide real-time information to firefighters working at the site of an incident, giving early warning of structural problems, identifying hotspots or individuals in need of help. 2) Carrying blood products from the NHS Blood and Transplant unit in Southampton across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for short notice deliveries and emergency shipments, based on using one of the University of Southampton's small fixed wing unmanned aircraft. Both of these case studies were found to be technically and economically feasible, with a clear social need. However, there are still challenges to be overcome before such uses could actually be realised: these include the technicalities of drones flying beyond the operator's line of sight, and adapting regulations around operation in built-up areas/restricted areas such as around Southampton Airport.
Collaborator Contribution The Bradford and Southampton city partners contributed expertise on the city agendas that the use of drones would impact on and development of the case studies.
Impact The Flying High project was a collaborative engagement between cities, technologists and researchers, regulators, government, public services and citizens to shape the future of urban drone use in the UK to meet local needs. It explored the current state and future ambitions for drones in urban environments in the UK from contrasting and complementary perspectives: technology, but also the policy, economic and societal impact. The full findings and recommendations from the Flying High project can be found here: https://media.nesta.org.uk/documents/Flying-High-full-report-and-appendices.pdf The results contained in the report are intended to inform the national debate on the regulation and use of drones in the future in order to balance public good and the growth of a strong drone industry in the UK.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nesta Flying High Project 
Organisation Southampton City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Researchers from the Self-Repairing Cities project collaborated as part of Nesta's 'Flying High Challenge'. 'Flying High' challenged five city-regions - Bradford, Preston, London, Southampton and the West Midlands region - to define what these places would like to see drones do (or not do) in their communities in the future. Self-Repairing Cities researchers formed part of the Bradford and Southampton teams that responded to this challenge: Prof Rob Richardson and Dr Bilal Kaddouh (both University of Leeds) working with Bradford, and Dr Stephen Prior (University of Southampton) working with colleague Prof Jim Scanlan as part of the Southampton team. As well as outlining the future role for drones in cities, each city did a case study to get to the heart of what drone use would look like in practice, and whether or not these uses are technically, economically and socially feasible. Self-Repairing Cities researchers contributed technical expertise towards these case studies which included: 1) Supporting the fire and rescue service in Bradford by provide real-time information to firefighters working at the site of an incident, giving early warning of structural problems, identifying hotspots or individuals in need of help. 2) Carrying blood products from the NHS Blood and Transplant unit in Southampton across the Solent to the Isle of Wight for short notice deliveries and emergency shipments, based on using one of the University of Southampton's small fixed wing unmanned aircraft. Both of these case studies were found to be technically and economically feasible, with a clear social need. However, there are still challenges to be overcome before such uses could actually be realised: these include the technicalities of drones flying beyond the operator's line of sight, and adapting regulations around operation in built-up areas/restricted areas such as around Southampton Airport.
Collaborator Contribution The Bradford and Southampton city partners contributed expertise on the city agendas that the use of drones would impact on and development of the case studies.
Impact The Flying High project was a collaborative engagement between cities, technologists and researchers, regulators, government, public services and citizens to shape the future of urban drone use in the UK to meet local needs. It explored the current state and future ambitions for drones in urban environments in the UK from contrasting and complementary perspectives: technology, but also the policy, economic and societal impact. The full findings and recommendations from the Flying High project can be found here: https://media.nesta.org.uk/documents/Flying-High-full-report-and-appendices.pdf The results contained in the report are intended to inform the national debate on the regulation and use of drones in the future in order to balance public good and the growth of a strong drone industry in the UK.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Scale up of asphalt 3d printer for larger repairs 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration on 3D printing of asphalt and aggregate for application to filling potholes. Design and materials inputs
Collaborator Contribution Inductive heating system, experts in asphalt concrete aggregates and testing facilities. PhD student project
Impact The collaboration has only just started so there are no outputs as yet
Start Year 2019
 
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 3D Print Industry: University of Leeds project is developing tarmac 3D printing robots to repair roads. 15 June 2018 
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 3D Print Industry - Online article: University of Leeds project is developing tarmac 3D printing robots to repair roads. 15 June. The article focuses on the Self-Repairing Cities project, noting it is pioneering a £4.2 million national infrastructure research project that will use tarmac 3D printing robots to repair potholes and cracks. Mentions all University partners and Leeds City Council
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/university-leeds-project-developing-tarmac-3d-printing-robots-re...
 
Description ASME website: Robots Make Self-Repairing Cities Possible. July 2018 
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 Article on ASME website by Eric Butterman on 'Robots Make Self-Repairing Cities Possible', July 2018. Report on the Self-Repairing Cities project including quotes by Prof Phil Purnell, University of Leeds
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/robotics/robots-make-selfrepairing-cities-possible
 
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 News - Online. Can Wales' pothole problem be fixed? 23rd October 2018 
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 Can Wales' pothole problem be fixed? BBC 23rd October - Online. Cites research by The Faculty of Engineering, which claims it costs "between 17 and 19 times more to do odd fixes rather than doing planned asset management upgrading", with regards to potholes in roads. The study is led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45954557
 
Description BBC News website: Tomorrow's Cities: Dubai and China roll out urban robots. 10th June 
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 10th June - News "Tomorrow's Cities: Dubai and China roll out urban robots". Research fellow Dr Bilal Kaddouh (Electrical Engineering - Engineering) is part of a team at the University of Leeds designing a fleet of drones that can repair potholes in roads. Also reported on Azartac 12th June (https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Dubai_and_China_cities_roll_out_urban_robots-1171670)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41268996
 
Description BBC Radio 4 - PM programme, 11th May. Interview with Profs Richardson & Purnell 
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 Radio: BBC 4 - PM (11/05/18, 5.20pm) BBC Radio 4 11th May - Broadcast. Professor Phil Purnell and Professor Rob Richardson (Civil and Mechanical Engineering respectively) discuss the benefits of the Self Repairing Cities research programme, following news that councils spend millions a year on pothole repair.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Radio 4: Potholes - the road to the future. 10 January 2019 
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 BBC Radio 4 : Potholes - the road to the future. BBC Radio 4 10th January - Broadcast. Dr Jason Liu and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) explain how drones they are developing to carry 3D printers and sensors will be capable of identifying cracks in roads and fixing them before they become potholes. The programme is part of the Self Repairing Cities research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001ydx
 
Description BBC Three Counties Radio, 11 May. Interview with Phil Purnell 
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 Radio: BBC Three Counties Radio. Interview on Self Repairing Cities project as part of article discussing news from AA that potholes cost drivers and insurers '1m a month' in car repair bills.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 BBC news online. Road-repairing drone idea for potholes. 17th October 2018 
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 Road-repairing drone idea for potholes. BBC 17th October - Online. The Self-Repairing Cities project is developing drones which can use 3D printing technology to fill cracks in road surfaces before they become potholes. The study is led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45890090
 
Description BBC4 TV - Secrets of the Super Elements 
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 BBC4 TV - Secrets of the Super Elements. First broadcast April/May 2017: 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.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08rv9r6
 
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 Bike Biz (online). Potholes 'could be self-repairing by 2050'. 16 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Potholes 'could be self-repairing by 2050'. Bike Biz 16th January - Online. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) is quoted in an article, explaining how drones carrying 3D printers could help to reduce roadworks, delays and issues caused by potholes, through identifying and dealing with them when they are small cracks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bikebiz.com/landscape/potholes-could-be-self-repairing-by-2050
 
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 Business Insider Italy - Online. Drones to fill cracks in roads. 1st November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Drones to fill cracks in roads. Business Insider Italy 1st November - Online. Cites research by The Faculty of Engineering, which claims it costs "between 17 and 19 times more to do odd fixes rather than doing planned asset management upgrading", with regards to potholes in roads. The study is led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://it.businessinsider.com/questo-drone-ripara-le-buche-grazie-allintelligenza-artificiale-liniz...
 
Description COMIT Community Day - Robotics in construction talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact COMIT Community day, 8 March 2018. Talk on robotics in construction
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival 
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 Talks on drones, plastic waste and the science of gin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival: Drones: Ready To Take Off? 10 June 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cheltenham Science Festival 20118 talk: Drones: Ready To Take Off? Sun 10 Jun 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies' College. Cheaper, faster and more mobile than piloted planes, drones have so many potential uses. They can deliver lifesaving equipment, survey crops and habitats, provide internet to remote areas, allow repairs for buildings and bridges and even act as taxis. Engineer and drone pilot Stephen Prior talks to Mark Miodownik about new and creative ways of using and designing drones, and the huge potential for these unmanned aerial vehicles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/whats-on/2018/drones-ready-to-take-off/
 
Description Chris Rogers. Infrastructure Condition Assessment - an Autonomous Decision Framework 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Rogers delivered a presentation entitled "Infrastructure Condition Assessment - an Autonomous Decision Framework" to the Self-Repairing Cities Annual Conference on 20th June 2018. It was attended by around 50 practitioners and 20 academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chris Rogers. Interviewed for article in Construction, Research and Innovation by Kristina Smith. 2018 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Rogers was interviewed by Kristina Smith on 16th November 2018 for the article "Self-repairing cities: Leeds' quest for an autonomous-robot maintenance army" in CRI (Construction, Research and Innovation) about Self Repairing Cities. The article is~2,000 words long. The areas covered included:
• Background to the research programme
• Most exciting achievements to date
• The barriers to the wider use of automated drones and other robots
• The bigger picture questions that engineers and scientists have to consider.
• A focus on detailed projects to explain a little more about them.
Citation: Construction Research and Innovation, V.9, Issue 4, 2018, pp91-94.
Published online: 09 Jan 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/20450249.2018.1556500
 
Description Chris Rogers. Presentation at workshop on Buried Infrastructure on 26th September 2018 in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Rogers presented the UKCRIC vision and the findings from Liveable Cities, iBUILD, ATU, MTU, Self-Repairing Cities, UKCRIC-NBIF and the UKCRIC Coordination Node to a workshop on Buried Infrastructure on 26th September 2018 in Birmingham. The audience of 30 delegates consisted of academics (50%) and infrastructure stakeholders (50%).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chris Rogers. Presentation to IKT (a German Infrastructure research organisation) on 10th August 2018 in Birmingham. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Rogers presented the UKCRIC vision and the findings from Liveable Cities, iBUILD, ATU, MTU, Self-Repairing Cities, UKCRIC-NBIF and the UKCRIC Coordination Node to a meeting with representatives from IKT (a German Infrastructure research organisation) on 10th August 2018 in Birmingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chris Rogers. Productive Cities - should they not also be Sustainable, Resilient, Liveable and Smart Cities? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Chris Rogers delivered a presentation entitled "Productive Cities - should they not also be Sustainable, Resilient, Liveable and Smart Cities?" to a Half-Day Seminar entitled City of the Future on 7th December 2018 in Cardiff. The audience of around 60 delegates consisted mostly of academics from a wide range of disciplines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Chris Rogers. Workshop on Buried Infrastructure on 9th July 2018 in Birmingham. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Rogers presented the UKCRIC vision and the findings from Liveable Cities, iBUILD, ATU, MTU, Self-Repairing Cities, UKCRIC-NBIF and the UKCRIC Coordination Node to a workshop on Buried Infrastructure on 9th July 2018 in Birmingham. The audience of 20 delegates consisted of academics (50%) and infrastructure stakeholders (50%).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CityLab Detroit 28-30 Oct 2018 
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 Invited to attend CityLab Detroit 28-30 Oct 2018 supported by The Atlantic, The Aspen Insitute and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The CityLab meeting convenes world city and community leaders to share innovative work in making cities ready for the future, examining the most important urban issues of our times. With smart cities and transportation high on the agenda, Self-Repairing Cities was invited to attend to join in discussions. Raul Fuentes and Juliet Jopson attended as representatives of the project. They contributed to discussion session and engaging with other attendees during networking time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://citylab2018.theatlantic.com/
 
Description Commercial UAV show 2018: Self-Repairing Cities talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A presentation by Self-Repairing Cities Research Fellow Jason Liu at the Commercial UAV show in London talking about the use of drones in the Self Repairing Cities project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Construction Research & Innovation: Self-repairing cities: Leeds' quest for an autonomous-robot maintenance army. Online 9 January 2019 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article by Kristina Smith for Construction Research and Innovation journal. Self-repairing cities: Leeds' quest for an autonomous-robot maintenance army. In depth article on Self-Repairing Cities project, covering several prototypes developed on the project and involvement of its industry partners. Print version 2019 Volume 9 Issue 4, page 91-94, DOI:10.1080/20450249.2018.1556500, available online 09 January 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/20450249.2018.1556500
 
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 Cyclist.co.uk Are potholes getting worse? 15th November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Are potholes getting worse? Cyclist.co.uk 15th November - Online. Cites research by The Faculty of Engineering, which claims it costs "between 17 and 19 times more to do odd fixes rather than doing planned asset management upgrading", with regards to potholes in roads. The study is led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cyclist.co.uk/in-depth/5564/are-potholes-getting-worse
 
Description Daily Mail - Online. Video: University of Leeds creates drone that can repair roads. 21 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Video: University of Leeds creates drone that can repair roads. Daily Mail 21st January - Online. Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) are developing drones which carry sensors and 3D printers that will be capable of detecting cracks in roads and filling them before they become potholes. Story also ran in: The Times (print) / Daily Express (print) / Daily Mirror (print) / Metro (print) / The Herald (print) / BBC Radio Leeds and five other BBC regional radio stations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1845758/Video-University-Leeds-creates-drone-repair-roa...
 
Description Daily Mail: Britain's crumbling roads could be fixed by DRONES! Futurist plans would see airborne robots filling potholes with 3D printers. 11 June 2018 
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 Daily Mail - News - 11 June 2018. Reporting on Mark Miodownik talking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, article mentions work on 3D printing drone and work of Self-Repairing Cities project with Leeds City Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5832683/Britains-crumbling-roads-fixed-DRONES-scientists-pre...
 
Description Daily Star. Roadworks OVER: Robots that can repair potholes in 60 seconds to end long motorway delays. 21 January 2019 
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 Roadworks OVER: Robots that can repair potholes in 60 seconds to end long motorway delays. Daily Star, online and print, 21 January. Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) are developing drones which carry sensors and 3D printers that will be capable of detecting cracks in roads and filling them before they become potholes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/754860/robot-roadworks-motorway-repairs-queues-delays
 
Description Daily Telegraph: Pothole robots could work through the night to repair damaged roads, UCL says. 12th June 2018 
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 The Daily Telegraph 12th June - Print. Drones to fix cracks that lead to potholes. Robots that work overnight fixing roads are to be tested on British streets. Drones will scan roads looking for small cracks, which when detected will be filled by a second drone using 3D print technology. The robots will be tested on roads in the next few years as part of a drive to create "self-repairing cities".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/11/pothole-robots-could-work-night-repair-damaged-roads-ucl...
 
Description Derby Telegraph: Drones fitted with Derbyshire firm's 3D printers could help solve UK pothole problem. 17 July 2018 
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 Drones fitted with Derbyshire firm's 3D printers could help solve UK pothole problem. Derby Telegraph 17th July - News. Dr Bilal Kaddouh (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) talks about the success of drones being fitted with 3D printers at the university, after a Derbyshire firm hopes to solve the UK's pothole problem by developing the technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/business/drones-fitted-derbyshire-firms-3d-1793695
 
Description Derbyshire Times: Here's how Derbyshire firm could solve UK pothole problem - using drones fitted with 3D printers! 12 July 2018 
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 Here's how Derbyshire firm could solve UK pothole problem - using drones fitted with 3D printers! Derbyshire Times 12th July - News. Dr Bilal Kaddouh (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) talks about the success of drones being fitted with 3D printers at the university, after a Derbyshire firm hopes to solve the UK's pothole problem by developing the technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/here-s-how-derbyshire-firm-could-solve-uk-pothole-problem-usi...
 
Description Digital Trends: In the future, potholes could be repaired by asphalt-printing drones. 21 June 2018 
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 www.digitaltrends.com: In the future, potholes could be repaired by asphalt-printing drones. Online article posted 21 Jun. Report on 3D printing drone work on Self-Repairing Cities, with quote from Phil Purnell and mention of work at UCL. Link to video of Jake Smith from Robotic Challenge event in 2017. Also on over 40 regional American news sites including: Hawaii News Now: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/38481001/in-the-future-potholes-could-be-repaired-by-asphalt-printing-drones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/asphalt-printing-pothole-drone/
 
Description Drone below - online. Drones for Road Repairs via Leeds Uni and EPSRC. 18 October 2018 
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 Drone below - online. Drones for Road Repairs via Leeds Uni and EPSRC. 18 October. Article on Self Repairing Cities following a demonstration of the 3D printing drone, quotes from Phil Purnell and Rob Richardson included.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://dronebelow.com/2018/10/18/drones-for-road-repairs-via-leeds-uni-and-epsrc/
 
Description EcoBuild - ARCC exhibition stand representing Self-Repairing Cities 
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 Ecobuild, 6-8 March 2018. ARCC Exhibition Stand - representing Self-Repairing Cities, displaying 3D printing drone and pipe-robot
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 EuroNews: This drone can fill in potholes with 3-D printed materials. 4th July 2018 
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 Cities that protect themselves from the sun: the drone that flies and fills the hole with a 3D printer. EuroNews 4th July - News. Professor Robert Richardson (Mechanical Engineering), project manager of speaks about the use of drones in his department, which are equipped with 3D printers and are now able to repair 5mm long cracks "without problems".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/04/this-drone-can-fill-in-potholes-with-3-d-printed-materials
 
Description European Societal Challenges: The Future of Human-Robot Interaction event. 6 Feb 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact European Societal Challenges: The Future of Human-Robot Interaction event. Hosted by John Procter MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber at the European Parliament, 6 February 2019, and organised by the White Rose Partnership (Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York). As a future of human-robot interaction looms closer to our daily lives, it is imperative that we create and implement a standardised framework to address the impending ethical and safety issues that will arise. The question of how to develop such a framework was debated by leading northern robotics and artificial intelligence researchers, MEPs and representatives of other bodies during the event. Prof Rob Richardson presented work from Self-Repairing Cities and discussed the implications for ethics and policy. During the day, White Rose academics forged strong links with a variety of EU stakeholders from robotics networks, other universities and industry professionals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://brussels.whiterose.ac.uk/news/event-report-european-societal-challenges-the-future-of-human-...
 
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 Festival of Stuff. Institute of Making, UCL. Sat 7 July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Festival of Stuff runs annually and consists of a week of bookable masterclasses and a big public street festival of materials and making.The festival culminates in a dazzling Saturday Extravaganza of making stalls and materials demos, taking over the whole street outside the Institute of Making. Self Repairing Cities researchers from Leeds and UCL participated in the 2018 street festival, putting together an interactive display including the 3D printing drone.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/series/festival-of-stuff
 
Description Financial Time animation. How cities can heal themselves. 07 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Financial Times. Short animation as part of FT Rethink series. Title "How cities can heal themselves". 07 March 2019. Includes reference to work on pipe robots, 3D printing and nematode worm inspired crack detection robot. https://rethink.ft.com/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKUW2dwzG7k
 
Description Financial Times article 
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 Financial Times article on self-repairing cities work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ft.com/content/9870fa7a-314d-11e8-b5bf-23cb17fd1498
 
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 at Oxford & London organised by GCSE Science Live
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
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 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 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 Global Radio interview 11 June 2018 
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 Global Radio, 11 June 2018, interview with Phil Purnell on Self-Repairing Cities project, airing on various commercial stations (Capital Yorkshire, Heart Yorkshire)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GovTech.com: What is a high-tech solution to preventing potholes on the road? 27th June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GovTech.com: What is a high-tech solution to preventing potholes on the road? 27th June - News. PhD researcher Jake Smith (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) feature in this article about the self-repairing cities project, which aims to fix potholes before they become a big problem.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.govtech.com/question-of-the-day/Question-of-the-Day-for-06272018.html
 
Description Government Europa: What does the future hold for drones in security and defence? 9 July 2018 
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 Government Europa: What does the future hold for drones in security and defence? 9 July 2018. News article. As drones and UAVs continue to permeate ever more sectors of society, Government Europa speaks to Dr Stephen Prior, from the University of Southampton, about the potential applications of drones in security and defence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.governmenteuropa.eu/future-drones-in-security-and-defence/89325/
 
Description Handwerk.com: When the robotic worm helps repair cities. 30 July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact When the robotic worm helps repair cities. Handwerk.com 30th July. German language coverage of the Self Repairing Cities programme within Mechanical Engineering which highlights a number of projects listed in the programme's mid-term report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.handwerk.com/self-repairing-cities-wenn-roboter-reparieren-staedte
 
Description Horizon scanning exercise for Self-Repairing Cities 
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 Research exercise with expert panel/workshop (virtual) conducted as part of the ecology work package, engaging with external experts as to the likely impacts of RAS technology on urban biodiversity. 169 respondents from 35 countries participated in Round 1 of the survey (inc. 13 countries from the global south). Participants were from academia, industry and the third sector and there was a great deal of knowledge exchanged throughout the process. As of October 2018 tweets related to the exercis
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
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 IET Lecture, Drone Evolution, Weymouth College, 17 May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Stephen Prior gave a IET Lecture, Drone Evolution, Weymouth College, 17 May 2018 - 19:00-20:30. Autonomous air vehicles (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RPAS) are becoming integrated into the mainstream, from the armed forces using them as reconnaissance and weapons platforms, to large internet companies proposing their use as a global delivery system. New challenges in RPAS include, efficient propulsion systems, Non- line of sight (NLOS) communication, aerial docking (Swarms) and operations where GPS is denied, blocked or spoofed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IMechE Technical Lecture, Drone Revolution, University of Southampton, 23 Feb 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact IMechE Technical Lecture: Aerial Revolution. 06 February 2018 19:00 to 20:00, Physics, Lecture Theatre B - Southampton. Technical lecture by Dr Stephen Prior (CEng & MIMechE) from the University of Southampton, offering an insight into the engineering behind Autonomous air vehicles and their capabilities. Event location at Southampton University Campus
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nearyou.imeche.org/near-you/UK/Wessex/Southampton-Area/past-events
 
Description ITV Calendar News: Using drones to repair pothole. 27 August 2018 
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 ITV broadcast and twitter (@itvcalendar): Item on using drones to repair potholes. 27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday Monday). The film was broadcast during the evening news bulletins in five ITV regions: ITV Yorkshire; ITV Tyne Tees; ITV Meridian (south and south east England); ITV West Country; ITV Anglia. Twitter video >4000 views by 30 August. It specifically name checked Self Repairing Cities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2018-09-10/scientists-in-leeds-develop-robot-that-can-repair-pothol...
 
Description ITV News - 4th September 2018. 
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 ITV 4th September - Broadcast. The University's Self Repairing Cities research programme is featured in a report focusing on how the Faculty of Engineering is developing drones which can use 3D printing technology to fill cracks in road surfaces before they become potholes. Professor Rob Richardson and Dr Bilal Kaddouh interviewed (Electronic Engineering). Also featured on: ITV Yorkshire / ITV Tyne Tees / ITV Meridian (south and south east England) / ITV West Country / ITV Anglia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ITV One: Pothole Wars. 16 January 2019 
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 ITV One: Pothole Wars. ITV One Broadcast 16th January. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) and Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) explain how drones carrying 3D printers could help to reduce roadworks, delays and issues caused by potholes, through identifying and dealing with them when they are small cracks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 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 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 Interdisciplinary Air Quality Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Mark Goddard at Interdisciplinary Air Quality Workshop, University of Leeds, 10 Oct 2018. Talk title: The impact of air quality on biodiversity and ecosystem services in West Yorkshire. Approximately 40 people attended the workshop (from academicia, government, industry). A brief presentation was followed up by individual discussions with engaged workshop participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Robotics Showcase 2018, Highlight event, 21 June 2018 
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 Manned a stand at the International Robotics Showcase 2018 in Liverpool, showing 3D printing drone and others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Jiemian - Online. Road repair can also be done by "UAV + 3D printing", and the future city will have self-healing ability. 25 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact [The beauty of industry] Road repair can also be done by "UAV + 3D printing", and the future city will have self-healing ability. Jiemian 25th January - Online. Further coverage: Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) are developing drones which carry sensors and 3D printers that will be capable of detecting cracks in roads and filling them before they become potholes. Translated from Chinese.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://m.jiemian.com/article/2822919.html
 
Description Lectures by Mehran Torbaghan for BSc in Construction Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Mehran Eskandari Torbaghan (Research Fellow, University of Birmingham) used Self-Repairing Cities used as a case study example for lectures on Asset Management to Aston University 3rd year student in BSc Construction Management. Teaching lasted over three 2-hour sessions, 7 - 21 February 2019. The students were shown a video on Self-Repairing Cities originally put together for the Self-Repairing Cities Robotic Challenge event (Leeds, June 2017). The student liked the video very much and requested to see more of them in future. In general the students were very excited about the project and the overall feedback was very positive. Overall 87.5% of the students rated the lectures 'Very Good' as part of the end of lecture series feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Leeds-List: Nine things people will never say about Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nine things people will never say about Leeds (Leeds-List, 10/11/16) They won't say we never innovate - as shown by the University's pioneering £4.2m project that uses tiny robots to repair everything from pipes to roads, essentially creating self-repairing cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://leeds-list.com/discussion/9-things-people-will-never-say-about-leeds/
 
Description Made in Leeds TV - part of story about whether robots will be taking people's jobs 
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 broadcast: Made in Leeds (05/01/18, 6pm) Made in Leeds TV (from 3m18s) 5th January. Professor Robert Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) is featured from back in June discussing the self-repairing cities project, amid a story about whether robots will be taking people's jobs as the minimum wage rises
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Made in Leeds TV - report about the future of robots 
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 Radio: BBC Leeds (27/04/18, 8.10am). BBC Radio Leeds 27th April - Broadcast. Dr Jordan Boyle (Mechanical Engineering) chats about the future of robots, and the self-repairing cities project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Metro: Robots that repair roads in just a minute could fix Britain's pothole problem. 11 June 2018 
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 Metro - News - 11 June. Reporting on Mark Miodownik talking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, article mentions work on 3D printing drone and work of Self-Repairing Cities project with Leeds City Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/11/robots-repair-roads-just-minute-fix-britains-pothole-problem-7621950/
 
Description NATS website: Guest blog: Ever wondered how drones could resolve the UK's pothole problems? 17 August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact NATS website (nats.aero) Guest blog: Ever wondered how drones could resolve the UK's pothole problems? 17 August 2018. Online. Interview with Dr Stephen Prior, University of Southampton, on how drones can be used to help resolve the UK's pothole problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nats.aero/blog/2018/08/guest-blog-ever-wondered-drones-resolve-uks-pothole-problems/
 
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 Nottingham Evening Post: Potty idea? No, drones may be used to repair our roads. 14 August 2018 
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 Potty idea? No, drones may be used to repair our roads. Nottingham Evening Post 14th August - Print. A business has created a printing technology that could one day play a key role in seeing potholes repaired by drones. Students at the University of Leeds have attached one of Print-Rite's products - a Colido Delta 3D printer - to a drone.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nottingham Post: Drones could spot and repair potholes thanks to this business near Notts. 17 July 2018. 
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 Drones fitted with Derbyshire firm's 3D printers could help solve UK pothole problem. Derby Telegraph 17th July - News. Dr Bilal Kaddouh (Electronic and Electrical Engineering) talks about the success of drones being fitted with 3D printers at the university, after a Derbyshire firm hopes to solve the UK's pothole problem by developing the technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/drones-could-spot-repair-potholes-1794607
 
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 Physics in Action Schools Talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Schools talks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.thetrainingpartnership.org.uk/study-days/subjects/physics/
 
Description Pickle Nine: Drones could soon be fixing potholes while we sleep at night - the future is here. 27th June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Drones could soon be fixing potholes while we sleep at night - the future is here. Pickle Nine 27th June - News. PhD researcher Jake Smith (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) feature in this article about the self-repairing cities project, which aims to fix potholes before they become a big problem.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pickle.nine.com.au/2018/06/27/11/12/drones-fixing-potholes-3d-printing
 
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 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 Robots for Self-Repairing Cities Event, 20 June 2018, Hornton Grange, University of Birmingham 
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 Robots for Self-Repairing Cities Event, 20 June 2018, Hornton Grange, University of Birmingham. Self-Repairing Cities' Annual Event. Attended by 56 participants from academia, industry and public sector. The Robots for Self-Repairing Cities event will bring together researchers, industry and city makers to discuss the current challenges in maintaining city infrastructure systems and how state of the art robotic technologies can be used to address those challenges. It is relevant for anyone who wishes to understand how robots can be used to improve infrastructure resilience now or in the near future, and the multiple benefits of this approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://selfrepairingcities.com/events/robots-self-repairing-cities/
 
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 Self-Repairing Cities talk by Mark Miodownik for Liverpool Biennial 2018 as part of International Robotics Showcase 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk by Mark Miodownik (Professor of Materials and Society, University College London) curated by The Serving Library in partnership with LJMU's Exhibition Research Lab for Liverpool Biennial 2018, 13 Septer 2018: As a result of our greater understanding of matter, the distinction between animate and inanimate is now becoming blurred, ushering in a new materials age. Bionic people with synthetic organs, bones and even brains are becoming a reality. Just as we are becoming more synthetic, so our man-made environment is changing to become more lifelike: buildings, objects and materials that heal themselves are being developed. This talk will review the science behind these new animate material technologies and considers whether a particular goal, that of creating self-repairing cities, is achievable.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/self-repairing-cities-mark-miodownik-tickets-46929549546?aff=erelexpm...
 
Description Ship Technology: Send in the drones: solving inspection and repair challenges at sea. 23 August 2018 
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 Send in the drones: solving inspection and repair challenges at sea. Ship Technology, 23 August - Online. Research by Professor Rob Richardson (Mech Eng - Engineering) into trialling an approach to dealing with pothole repairs is referenced, in which drones equipped with image recognition technology scan streets for developing flaws, dispatch a drone to the site, and use an on-board 3D printer to fill in cracks in the tarmac.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ship-technology.com/features/drone-inspection-repair/
 
Description South Yorkshire Times - Robot armies could fix potholes without closing roads, engineers say. 30 Oct 2017 
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 Robot armies could fix potholes without closing roads, engineers say. South Yorkshire Times 30th October - News. Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) leads a team that are using robotics technology to create fleets of robots which could detect and repair cracks in roads, fix pipes before they burst and maintain street lights. Also in: iNews, Doncaster Free Press, Wetherby News, Yorkshire Post
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Southeast Asia Haze Workshop, Bangkok March 2017 - The use of drones for pollution monitoring 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presented at Southeast Asia Haze Workshop "The use of drones for pollution monitoring" in Bangkok March 2017 (funded by University of Manchester through British Government development grant)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 Sunday Times: Digging up the dirt. 19th May 
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 Digging up the dirt. Sunday Times 19th May - Print. Radio review article which mentions Professor Phil Purnell and Professor Rob Richardson (Civil and Mechanical Engineering respectively) featured on BBC Radio 4's PM last week, discussing how robots might help us fix potholes before they become a major issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk by Stephen Prior at Cafe Scientifique: 'Drones and other Unmanned Air Vehicles', 11 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Stephen Prior, Southampton University, gave a talk on 'Drones and other Unmanned Air Vehicles' to the Isle of Wight Cafe Scientifique on Monday 11th March at 7pm. This talk was recommended by a member of the Isle of Wight branch of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cafescientifique.onthewight.com/dr-stephen-prior-drones-and-other-unmanned-air-vehicles/
 
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 Drive: English Researchers Develop Pothole Repair Drone Using Mounted 3D Printer. 22 June 2018 - Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact http://www.thedrive.com: English Researchers Develop Pothole Repair Drone Using Mounted 3D Printer. 22 June - Online. Mentions University of Leeds and UCL and links to video of Jake Smith at Robotic Challenge Event in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.thedrive.com/tech/21701/english-researchers-develop-pothole-repair-drone-using-mounted-3d...
 
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 The Express: UK's pothole crisis to be fixed by ROBOTS? New technology may be solution to ageing roads. 11 June 2018 
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 The Express - News - 11 June. Reporting on Mark Miodownik talking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, article mentions work on 3D printing drone and work of Self-Repairing Cities project with Leeds City Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/972845/uk-pothole-britain-future-science-drone-robot-roads-fix-min...
 
Description The Herald: Potholes on UK roads 'will be repaired by robots' 11 June 2018 
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 The Herald - News - 11 June. Reporting on Mark Miodownik talking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, article mentions work on 3D printing drone and work of Self-Repairing Cities project with Leeds City Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16283096.Potholes_on_UK_roads__will_be_repaired_by_robots_/
 
Description The Independent. The crater good: potholes could self-repair in 30 years. 10 January 2019 
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 The crater good: potholes could self-repair in 30 years. The Independent 10th January - Online. Debate about the state of Britain's roads is growing and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) comments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/potholes-fix-repair-self-repairing-roads-transp...
 
Description The Mirror: UK cities could be 'self-repairing' by 2050, with robots capable of filling potholes in a MINUTE. 11 June 2018 
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 Article in The Mirror 'UK cities could be 'self-repairing' by 2050, with robots capable of filling potholes in a MINUTE' 11 June 2018, reporting on the talk by Mark Miodownik at Cheltenham Science Festival. The article mentions Leeds City Council's involvement, and the asphalt 3D printing drone to repair cracks being developed as part of the Self-Repairing Cities project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/uk-cities-could-self-repairing-12680854
 
Description The Northern Echo: Time will come when robots repair potholes. 12 June 2018 
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 The Northern Echo - News - 12 June. Reporting on Mark Miodownik talking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, article mentions work on 3D printing drone and work of Self-Repairing Cities project with Leeds City Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16284412.Time_will_come_when_robots_repair_potholes/
 
Description The Star (Malaysia): Drones pave the way forward in fight against potholes. 16 July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Drones pave the way forward in fight against potholes. The Star Malaysia 16th July - News. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) who is leading research project "Perceive and Patch", which aims to use drones and 3D printers to fix potholes before they become a big problem, comments on how they stop street disruptions in Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.thestar.com.my/tech/tech-news/2018/07/16/drones-pave-the-way-forward-in-fight-against-po...
 
Description The Sun - Online. THE WORLD'S GONE POTTY Potholes could be filled by army of mega DRONES in future. 21 January 2019 
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 THE WORLD'S GONE POTTY Potholes could be filled by army of mega DRONES in future. The Sun - Online 21 January. Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering led by Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) and Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) are developing drones which carry sensors and 3D printers that will be capable of detecting cracks in roads and filling them before they become potholes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8248258/potholes-filled-army-mega-drones/
 
Description The Yorkshire Post - Online: The power of drones - are they a ready-made solution in Leeds? 21 January 2019 
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 The Yorkshire Post says: The power of drones - are they a ready-made solution in Leeds? Yorkshire Post 21st January - Online Coverage of how the Faculty of Engineering are developing drones carrying 3D printers which could help to reduce roadworks, delays and issues caused by potholes, through identifying and dealing with them when they are small cracks. Quotes from Rob Richardson.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/the-yorkshire-post-says-the-power-of-drones-are-they-a-...
 
Description The Yorkshire Post. Yorkshire city 'could be first in world to use drones to fix potholes'. 21 January 2019 
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 Yorkshire city 'could be first in world to use drones to fix potholes'. Yorkshire Post - print, 21 January. Coverage of how the Faculty of Engineering are developing drones carrying 3D printers which could help to reduce roadworks, delays and issues caused by potholes, through identifying and dealing with them when they are small cracks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UAS Vision: Drones to Repair Roads with 3D Printing. 26 June - Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact www.uasvision.com: Drones to Repair Roads with 3D Printing. Online article, 26 Jun. Taken from Digital Trends and The Drive reports. Report on 3D printing drone work on Self-Repairing Cities, with quote from Phil Purnell and mention of work at UCL. Link to video of Jake Smith from Robotic Challenge event in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.uasvision.com/2018/06/26/drones-to-repair-roads-with-3d-printing/
 
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 World Highways - Online. Road repairs take to the air. 3rd December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Road repairs take to the air. World Highways 3rd December - News. Report on development of 3D asphalt printing as part of road repairing robots on Self-Repairing Cities project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.worldhighways.com/categories/asphalt-paving-compaction-testing/features/road-repairs-take...
 
Description Wrexham.com. Could an app be the answer to Wrexham's potholes? 26 October 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Could an app be the answer to Wrexham's potholes? Wrexham.com. 26 October 2018. A Welsh Government Committee has published a report using evidence from the Self Repairing Cities programme highlighting the cost of repairing potholes. The report says crowdsourced big data could be used across Wales to help get to grips with its crumbling roads and potholes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.wrexham.com/news/could-an-app-be-the-answer-to-wrexhams-potholes-157921.html
 
Description Yorkshire Evening Post - Online Video. How Leeds could become world's first city to use drones to prevent potholes. 21 January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact How Leeds could become world's first city to use drones to prevent potholes. Yorkshire Evening Post 21st January - Online. Features a video with Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) discussing developments on Self-Repairing Cities. Also in Yorkshire Post
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/how-leeds-could-become-world-s-first-city-to-use-drones-...
 
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 Yorkshire Evening Post. How army of drones and robots could make Leeds the world's first self-repairing city. 21 January 2019 
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 How army of drones and robots could make Leeds the world's first self-repairing city. Yorkshire Evening Post 21st January - Online. A more detailed article, concerning drones being developed by the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) is quoted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/your-leeds/how-army-of-drones-and-robots-could-make-leeds-the...
 
Description Yorkshire Evening Post. Rise of the robots - good or bad? 22nd September 2018 
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 Rise of the robots - good or bad? Yorkshire Evening Post 22nd September - Print. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) was interviewed in an article concerning the rise in AI and the effects on employment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Yorkshire Evening Post. TV preview: Pothole Wars. 11 January 2019 - Online 
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 TV preview: Pothole Wars. Yorkshire Evening Post 11th January - Online. An ITV documentary covers how the Faculty of Engineering are developing drones to carry 3D printers and sensors will be capable of identifying cracks in roads and fixing them before they become potholes. Professor Rob Richardson (Mechanical Engineering) is quoted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/whats-on/tv/tv-preview-pothole-wars-1-9532325
 
Description Yorkshire Evening Post: How robots are taking over YOUR job across West Yorkshire. 11th September 2018 
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 How robots are taking over YOUR job across West Yorkshire. Yorkshire Evening Post 11th September - Online. Professor Phil Purnell (Civil Engineering) was quoted in an article concerning how more than a third of jobs in West Yorkshire could be obsolete in just two decades' time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/how-robots-are-taking-over-your-job-across-west-yorkshir...
 
Description Yorkshire Post - The spirit of inventiveness and enterprise in Yorkshire 
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 Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The spirit of inventiveness and enterprise in Yorkshire (Yorkshire Post, 07/06/16). In a piece which explores the innovation and creativity of our region, Leeds robotics research into "self-repairing cities" is referenced. The research is by Professor Phil Purnell and Dr Rob Richardson (Engineering) amongst others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Yorkshire Post: Rise of robots could see the end of potholes and road closures. 11 June 2018 
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 The Yorkshire Post - News - Print. 11 June. Reporting on Mark Miodownik talking at the Cheltenham Science Festival, article covers the self-repairing cities project saying a fleet of autonomous road vehicles or drones could one day travel around cities identifying cracks in roads and pavements and fixing them before potholes develop. It mentions that Leeds City Council is working with a team of engineers and designers to pioneer the idea of "self-repairing cities". Prof Rob Richardson is also quoted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rise-of-robots-could-see-the-end-of-potholes-and-road-closures-...
 
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 ZME Science: Potholes could be fixed by asphalt-printing drones. 22 June - Online news 
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 www.zmescience.com: Potholes could be fixed by asphalt-printing drones. Report on 3D printing drone work on Self-Repairing Cities, with quote from Phil Purnell and mention of work at UCL. Link to video of Jake Smith from Robotic Challenge event in 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.zmescience.com/research/technology/asphalt-printing-drones-22062018/
 
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
 
Description www.3ders.org: Britain is testing robots with 3D printers that can fill in potholes within a minute. 15 June 2018 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact www.3ders.org: Britain is testing robots with 3D printers that can fill in potholes within a minute. 15 June. Report on Mark Miodownik's talk at the Cheltenham Science Festival on the Self-Repairing Cities project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180615-britain-is-testing-robots-with-3d-printers-that-can-fill-in-p...