CASCADE (Complex Autonomous aircraft Systems Configuration, Analysis and Design Exploratory)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment

Abstract

CASCADE will be a keystone in the current aerial robotics revolution. This programme will reach across a wide range of applications from fundamental earth science through to industry applications in construction, security, transport and information.
There is a chasm between consumer level civilian drone operations and high cost military applications. CASCADE will realise a step change in aerial robotics capability and operations. We will be driven by science and industry problems in order to target fundamental research in five key areas; Integration, Safety, Autonomy, Agility, Capability and Scalability as well as overall project methodology.
In targeting these six areas, CASCADE will free up current constraints on UAV operations, providing case study data, exemplars, guidance for regulation purposes and motivating links across the science and engineering divide. The landscape of aerial robotics is changing rapidly and CASCADE will allow the UK to be at the forefront of this revolution. This rapid change is reflected by the wide range of terminology used to describe aerial robots including; Drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). Supporting technologies driving the aerial robotics revolution include improved battery technologies, actuators, sensors, computing and regulations. These have all significantly expanded the possibilities offered by smart, robust, adaptable, affordable, agile and reliable aerial robotic systems.
There are many environmental challenges facing mankind where aerial robots can be of significant value. Scientists currently use resource intensive research ships and aircraft to study the oceans and the atmosphere. CASCADE will focus on reducing these costs and at the same time increasing capability. Some mission types involve prohibitive risks, such as volcano plume sampling and flight in extreme weather conditions. CASCADE will focus on managing these risks for unmanned systems, operating in conditions where it is not possible to operate manned vehicles.
Similarly, there are many potentially useful commercial applications such as parcel delivery, search and rescue, farming, inspection, property maintenance, where aerial robots can offer considerable cost and capability benefits when compared to manned alternatives. CASCADE will focus on bringing autonomous aerial capabilities to a range of industry applications. For both scientific and industry purposes, CASCADE will consider a range of vehicle configurations from standard rotary and fixed wing through to hybrid and multi modal operations. These will bring unique capabilities to challenging operations for which there is no conventional solution.
At present, because of concerns over safety, there are strict regulations concerning where and how aerial robots can be operated. Permissions for use are granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and operations are generally not permitted beyond line of sight, close to infrastructure or large groups of people, or more than 400 feet from the ground. These regulations currently restrict many of the potentially useful applications for aerial robots. CASCADE aims to undertake research into key underpinning technologies that will allow these to be extended or removed by working with regulating authorities to help shape the operating environment for future robotic systems.
CASCADE will prove fundamental research through a wide variety of realistic CASE studies. These will be undertaken with academic and industry partners, focussing on demonstrating key technologies and concepts. These test missions will undertake a wide range of exciting applications including very high altitude flights, aerial robots that can also swim, swarms of sensor craft flying into storms, volcanic plumes and urban flights. Through these CASCADE will provide underpinning research, enable and educate users and widely support the aerial robotics revolution.

Planned Impact

The world is on the cusp of a robotics revolution and the CASCADE vision is to ensure that the UK is at the forefront in the use of aerial robotics for scientific and commercial applications. We will do this by radically extending the application and scope of aerial robotics from current highly restricted niche applications into a wide range of new fields. CASCADE will undertake rigorous research into the six underpinning technologies of Integration, Safety, Autonomy, Agility, Capability and Scalability, demonstrating these in a series of very demanding and meticulously documented real-world case studies involving customers who provide a strong technology steer.
CASCADE will have a direct impact on our named external partners, all of whom have already recognised the potential of aerial robotics to significantly enhance, develop and extend their current operations. We will work in close partnership to address both science and industry based problems in order to accelerate the rapid uptake of aerial robotic operations. Cascade members will address fundamental questions and operational issues, ensuring immediate impact of CASCADE in a wide range of applications including inspection, scientific sampling, surveying, communications, transport, security and agriculture. The direct benefit of this work will be to rapidly increase assimilation of these systems, and provide a world leading capability for both science and industry.
The CASCADE consortium consists of five academic institutions, highly experienced in aerial robotic research, design and operations. During the course of the CASCADE programme, there will also be a direct impact across UK academia as a whole, with research, technologies, lessons learned and operational experience shared throughout higher education and through conferences, workshops, journal publications as well as via more modern online communications channels. Aerial robotics has the potential to be a significant enabler and multiplier of effort across academia and society as a whole. CASCADE will significantly increase the ability of academia across the UK to carry out fundamental research and science.
CASCADE also has a unique opportunity to provide extensive and convincing evidence of safe operation that will transform UK policy and regulations. Working together with the UK CAA, CASCADE members, research, documentation and case studies will help to formulate and drive forward aerial robotics regulation, opening the skies to a step change in aerial robotics complexity of design and operation, hand in hand with significant increases in capability. This in turn will support industry efforts, providing a massive stimulus to the nascent UK supply chain and provide scientific and commercial users with a game changing capability.
The use of CASE studies throughout CASCADE will have will have an immediate impact in terms of novel scientific data gained at low cost and in a responsive, high fidelity and flexible manner. These CASE studies will also be widely publicised externally to our partners and UK academia to help inform the UK public with regards to future aerial robotic capability and operation. Public acceptance of routine aerial robot operation will also be key to rapidly realising the significant benefit that they offer the general population as a whole. CASCADE members are fully committed to widespread dissemination and outreach throughout the programme.
Aerospace is an industry in which the UK has traditionally thrived, a high technology field in which many thousands research and work, providing a significant contribution to the national income. The future of the aerospace industry however will not just be in the larger traditional aircraft market, but also in smaller, much higher volume autonomous aerial robotic systems. In the longer term, the on-going impact of CASCADE will be seen in the development and support of indigenous SUAS manufactures and operators.

Organisations

Publications

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Goldberg B (2018) Power and Control Autonomy for High-Speed Locomotion With an Insect-Scale Legged Robot in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

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Petersen K (2019) A review of collective robotic construction in Science Robotics

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Raphael Zufferey (2019) SailMAV: design and implementation of a\\ novel multi-modal flying sailing robot in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

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Siddall R (2018) Robotics Research

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Zufferey R (2019) SailMAV: Design and Implementation of a Novel Multi-Modal Flying Sailing Robot in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

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Zufferey R (2019) Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel in Science Robotics

 
Description Initial findings are being formulated in radical new avionics architectures and UTM simulation
Exploitation Route further spinout business opportunities being explored
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine

 
Description The team has been invited to participate in a NATS/ DfT/ CAA exercise known as operation Zenith to demonstrate UTM integration
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee visit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Committee Chair Norman Lamb was joined by fellow MPs Bill Grant, Stephen Metcalfe and former Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah, as well as Committee staff members. The visit was part of their inquiry into recreational and commercial drone use. MPs were welcomed by the Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley, who introduced them to Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory. He then presented on Imperial's work on drone technology and the challenges facing his team and the wider sector. Dr Kovac outlined his research on the usage of drones for digital infrastructure systems, including diagnostics and repairs, both in the air and underwater. In response to questions from Sam Gyimah and Stephen Metcalfe, Dr Kovac explained that the use of drones for these purposes is widely accepted in the scientific community.
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/191908/mps-visit-imperials-aerial-robotics-lab/
 
Description Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee visited the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Committee Chair Norman Lamb was joined by fellow MPs Bill Grant, Stephen Metcalfe and former Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah, as well as Committee staff members. The visit was part of their inquiry into recreational and commercial drone use. MPs were welcomed by the Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley, who introduced them to Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory. He then presented on Imperial's work on drone technology and the challenges facing his team and the wider sector. Dr Kovac outlined his research on the usage of drones for digital infrastructure systems, including diagnostics and repairs, both in the air and underwater. In response to questions from Sam Gyimah and Stephen Metcalfe, Dr Kovac explained that the use of drones for these purposes is widely accepted in the scientific community.
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/191908/mps-visit-imperials-aerial-robotics-lab/
 
Description Misuse of civilian drones - POSTNOTE Number 610
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Drones are increasingly used for photography, agriculture, delivery and emergency response. However, travel disruption at UK airports due to drone sightings has renewed debate about their use. This note looks at civilian drones and their applications, focusing on potential misuse and possible responses.
URL http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0610/POST-PN-0610.pdf
 
Description Parliamentary Evidence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact I was asked to give evidence to the Defence Committee of aviation experts on Tuesday 11 June 2019 on drones regulation and registration. This has now resulted in improved regulations that will allow the safer adoption of commercial drone operations.
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/defence-committee/news-p...
 
Description Applied Off-site and On-site Collective Multi-Robot Autonomous Building Manufacturing
Amount £1,201,253 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S031464/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Augmented Reality-Aided Telepresence for Remote Inspection and Monitoring with Aerial Robots
Amount £163,901 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Robotic Ecosystems for Future Infrastructures
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2023
 
Title Brahmal Vasudevan Multi Terrain Flight Arena on TerriNet infrastructure with wide reach to European audience. 
Description A large enclosed 10x6.2x5.5m flight arena (Arena), equipped with 16 Vicon T40 tracking cameras, capable of tracking multiple flying objects in 6 degrees of freedom, with millimetre accuracy. Tracking data can be used for closed-loop control of vehicles. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The Arena is the first of its kind in Europe, enabling engineers to test the next generation of aerial robotics for urban environments and extreme conditions. Researchers in the Arena are able to simulate different terrains in the air, the ocean and on land. The space also enables engineers to create extreme conditions such as fire, smoke and heat to simulate how the next generation of drones will perform in harsh environments. The research focus in Arena encompasses two main themes: (i) physical adaptation; (ii) cybernetics adaptation. The physical adaptation includes morphological changes in different environmental conditions for aerial and multi-terrain robots to land, perch, locomote or \"stay still\" in narrow and cluttered spaces. The cybernetical adaptation includes adjustments at the algorithmic level to maintain the stability, avoid the collisions and the track the safe and reliable trajectories. These activities are considered holistically with potential human interactions, neuroscience, and bio-inspiration. 
URL https://www.terrinet.eu/robotic_database_show_platform/?id=116
 
Description Collaboration with Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) 
Organisation Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss end-user requirements for drones in infrastructure inspection and evaluation. Provide a testing site and materials for a demonstration of aerial inspection.
Impact nil
Start Year 2018
 
Description Visiting student from EPFL - Celia Raposo 
Organisation Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Supervision. Expertise in robot development, fluid mechanics, electronics and flight performance.
Collaborator Contribution Manufacturing, testing and design work.
Impact Journal and conference paper submitted. Disciplines involved: Electronics, navigation, fluid mechanics flight dynamics.
Start Year 2018
 
Title Distributed avionics 
Description Extremely robust novel avionics architecture 
IP Reference GB1909018.2 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact Breakthrough in systems reliability
 
Title Aircraft Design Recipes in Python (ADRpy) 
Description ADRpy is a free library of aircraft design and performance analysis tools suitable for rapid sizing calculations. The models implemented in ADRpy are largely analytical, enabling fast explorations of large design spaces. Most of the methods can already be used in the earliest phases of the design process, even before a geometry model is built. In fact, ADRpy can serve as the basis of sensitivity analyses and uncertainty quantification (UQ) exercises as part of the analysis of the feasibility of the design requirements. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Early days yet, but a user base is beginning to build. The code was used for the design of a platform within CASCADE as part of a collaborative effort with Bristol University. 
URL https://adrpy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
 
Title Behaviour Tree Library for MAVlink Drones (py_trees) 
Description The library provides a flexible framework for coding autonomous goal-driven behaviours for drones. It extends an existing behaviour tree library to interface with standard attributes and controls of a drone, via the open-source MAVlink protocol used by numerous open-source autopilots and ground control systems. Available at https://github.com/arthurrichards77/drone_trees 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact None yet 
 
Title Drone mapping 
Description UAV mission planning using GIS maps to identify hazards, no fly zones, safety locations and control zones. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Used in the CASCADE project for the BRIDGE case study 
 
Title autoflpy - Open source, automated flight test reporting tool 
Description Autoflpy (AUTOmated Flight Log in Python) is an open source code designed to allow the rapid creation of customisable flight test reports. This represents a key element of progress on the 'Agility' dimension of CASCADE, as it is a very useful tool for speeding up the flight test process of a new unmanned aircraft platform. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Early days, the tool is seeing increasingly extensive use within CASCADE. 
URL https://autoflpy.readthedocs.io/en/latest/readme.html
 
Company Name DISTRIBUTED AVIONICS LIMITED 
Description Avionics 
Year Established 2019 
Impact World leading avionics
 
Company Name WINDRACERS LIMITED 
Description UAV company for large UAV food aid delivery 
Year Established 2018 
Impact World leading UAV technology
Website https://www.windracers.org/
 
Description A new review, published today in Science Robotics and co-authored by Imperial researcher Dr Mirko Kovac, who directs the Aerial Robotics Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics, looks at the state-of-the-art in robot construction and where we need to go next to make a robot-built environment a reality. 
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 Robots that can transition from water to air are desirable in these situations, but the launch requires a lot of power, which has been difficult to achieve in small robots. Now, researchers at Imperial College London have invented a system that requires just 0.2 grams of calcium carbide powder in a combustion chamber. The only moving part is a small pump that brings in water from the environment the robot is sat in, such as a lake or ocean. The water and the calcium-carbide powder then combine in a reaction chamber, producing a burnable acetylene gas. As the gas ignites and expands, it pushes the water out as a jet, which propels the robot clear of the water and into a glide of up to 26 metres.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/190517/cities-future-could-built-robots-mimicking/
 
Description A new review, published today in Science Robotics and co-authored by Imperial researcher Dr Mirko Kovac, who directs the Aerial Robotics Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics, looks at the state-of-the-art in robot construction and where we need to go next to make a robot-built environment a reality. 
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 It comes as the UKRI has announced £18m in funding to support digital transformation of the construction industry, of which Dr Kovac is a cooperating investigator on a project with UCL where his group will explore robotic platform solutions for collective robotic construction. The world is increasingly urban, and the researchers say that robots could be the perfect tools to help build and maintain new cities. Using robots should reduce human risk, allow tasks to be completed faster, and allow monitoring alongside construction - the robots could collect data on everything they are doing, helping to improve their practices.

Dr Kovac said: "The cities of the future could be built and maintained by groups of land-based and flying robots working together to construct, assess, and repair the urban ecosystem of buildings and infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description As well as finding out more about threats to bees, researchers have been inspired to create bee-like drones and to protect our natural pollinators with the help of school students. 
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 As well as investigating the impact of pesticides on bees, Imperial researchers in the Aerial Robotics Lab have also been inspired by bees when creating drones. The drones' designs are inspired by nature: the flying robots will sense and swoop on damaged infrastructure like bees monitoring and building their hive. They can also alert nearby drones to an issue to rally a team response. Like many flying animals, the drones will also be soft and flexible to minimise impact damage to the building or the drones themselves.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/191248/world-bee-day-buzz-around-imperials/
 
Description Demonstration partner in for project zenith 
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 Representatives of CASCADE from the University of Manchester with the support of the University of Southampton have been part of the UK's first UTM (Unified Traffic Management) demonstration for coordinating drone operations with existing manned aviation in controlled airspace. The demonstration, codenamed Operation Zenith, happened at the Manchester Airport and its proximities on the 21/11/2018. The local Manchester team comprised of Academics, PDRAs, post graduates and undergraduates from the UoM Unmanned Aerial Vehicles student society. The event was streamed live to over 100 invited guests, policy makers and industry professionals at the headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. The event demonstrated the successful integration of manned and unmanned traffic through the execution of a number of scenarios involving VLOS, BVLOS and automated UAV flights into controlled airspace. The CASCADE team was responsible for flying an atmospheric sampling mission using an industrial multirotor.

The operation took place at Manchester airport and involved several commercial entities from the UK's drone industry, all overseen by NATS and Manchester Airport. Operation Zenith is currently the most comprehensive demonstration of manned and unmanned aircraft cooperating, in a unified airspace, through Altitude Angel's GuardianUTM Airspace Management system. This demonstration involved several scenarios representative of the commercial operations of drones, showing how they can be flown safely in the same controlled airspace as traditional manned aviation. To achieve this, several drone use cases were chosen to demonstrate how safe operation could be achieved. The use case delivered by the CASCADE team was based on aerial monitoring of air quality in areas surrounding the airport. For such an operation it is required that the drone pilot and observer have full visibility of aircraft movements in surrounding controlled airspace. It is essential that the drone pilot is notified of approaching aircraft or changes in clearance status in a timely manner such that the mission can be modified or aborted to maintain safety.

The aim of Operation Zenith was to use the GuardianUTM Airspace Management system to allow for all participants to "book out" airspace, notifying operators in the area of others' intent to operate. This allows interactions between aircraft to be avoided by segregation of the airspace using virtual geo-fences. To do this, users were required to build software which could register and identify themselves to the GuardianUTM system before submitting intentions to fly. Furthermore, flight plans must adhere to any special requirements or restrictions the systems relayed to the user. These tasks could be done ahead of the operations, allowing any issues to be resolved prior to beginning operations. Upon commencement of the operation, users were required to notify the system of the mission start, with the system notifying the user if permissions have been granted. The system took real time telemetry of each of the drones and fed this data into the GuardianUTM system. This allowed all users to see where all other users were. The system could then use this information along with any information known about manned aviation or "rogue" operators to send users notifications of any actions which would be required to be taken.

For Operation Zenith, CASCADE were involved in two scenarios which demonstrated this system in action. One scenario involved an aborted landing at Manchester airport with drones being required to clear the airspace by dropping to a height of 50 metres to allow the manned aircraft to safely pass by. The second scenario was a simulated shutting of the airspace, to allow a local police helicopter to operate in the area, forcing civilian users to halt operations and land. For both of these scenarios the GuardianUTM system performed deconflictions of the airspace notifying those users who were required to move out of the way or land via a notification protocol which appeared on the users flight computers, well before the aircraft causing the confliction could be seen by eye.


https://www.altitudeangel.com/blog/guardianutm-os-successfully-powered-operation-zenith-the-uk-s-most-comprehensive-drone-trial/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.operationzenith.com
 
Description Exhibiting SpiderMAV: The Science Museum explores a future driven by autonomous vehicles: Driverless: Who is in control? 12 June 2019 - 6 September 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The SpiderMAV is an aerial robotic system inspired biologically by the web construction and locomotion capabilities of arachnids such as Darwin's Bark spider who spins strands of silk to build bridge lines up to 25 meters. While the spiders spray silk strands which drift on air current, the artificial SpiderMAV shoots threaded anchors from launchers allowing the anchor to reach fixed structures (ground bases) from distance and attach to targeted positions. The other end of each thread is wound around a spool mounted onto the MAV and can be actively coiled and uncoiled by the actuated spool. With threads in tension, the MAV in the absence of rotor thrusts is a platform suspended by a number of threads and subjects to pure forces including tensile forces provided by threads and the passive gravity. By rotating spools and adjusting length of each threads, the suspended MAV changes its position and orientation and manoeuvres in the 3D space. This type of thread/cable suspended systems are also referred to as wire/tendon-driven parallel mechanisms.

For decades, autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a new technology that could change the way we live our lives. Driverless: Who is in control? opening today at the Science Museum will explore how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines.
Visitors will have the chance to explore three distinctive zones in the exhibition, Land, Air and Water. Each section will explore the different technology solutions already operating in these environments, the motivations of their developers, and their potential to transform a range of activities and industries.

In Air, visitors can explore the stories behind flying drones being developed to deliver goods and services at the speed of flight, from defibrillators for emergency medical response teams to hot dinners for the hungry. This section will also feature autonomous drones being developed to clear minefields by the Mine Kafon project, acrobatic drones that will monitor building sites; and drones that use star-mapping technology to detect endangered wildlife and poachers. It will also feature anti-drone technologies, from wearable jammers to nets fired from bazookas to take down drones used for malicious purposes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about-us/press-office/science-museum-explores-future-driven-autonom...
 
Description IEEE RAS Conference on Soft Robotics - RoboSoft 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ORCA Hub featured during the RoboSoft2018 full day workshop on "Soft-bodied structures in nature and robotics: towards new trends and opportunities"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.robosoft2018.org
 
Description Imperial Festival 2018 
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 ORCA Hub featured during the Imperial Festival (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/) at the Aerial Robotics Lab stand and during the tours in the Aerial Robotics Arena
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/
 
Description Imperial's Aerial Robotics Lab has been instrumental in launching a new type of drone that could fix wind farms without human help. 
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 The Lab is part of the international Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets hub (ORCA) which has developed a four-legged robot called Anymal that can walk around and replace humans on remote oil rigs or wind farms to perform maintenance tasks. The drone is equipped with a robotic arm that can attach itself to vertical structures, such as a wind turbine, to inspect it, hook onto a sensor, or carry out reparations independently. Lab lead Dr Mirko Kovac said: "The robots can visually inspect a turbine for integrity concerns and make contact, placing sensors on the infrastructure, or acting as a sensor itself, to assess the health of each asset. "Our technology could even deposit repair material for certain types of damage. This has far reaching applications including removing the need for humans to abseil down the side of turbines which can be both dangerous and expensive."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/193492/flyby-fixers-customer-care-news-from/
 
Description Industrial Strategy all staff event - Rising to the Grand Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Exhibitor stand of the ORCA Hub at the Industrial Strategy all staff event - Rising to the Grand Challenge, held at the Conference Centre in Westminster. As a part of the event, we participated in the organised marketplace with different exhibitions created by partner organisations and the business industry. The stand has been visited by ministers, senior members, and BEIS staff keen on discussing the Industrial Strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Speaker: Aerial Robotics for Infrastructure Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Future infrastructure systems will evolve into complex ecosystems where autonomous aerial, aquatic and ground-based robots will coexist with people and cooperate in symbiosis. To create this human-robot ecosystem, robots will need to respond more flexibly, robustly and efficiently than they do today. They will need to be designed with the ability to move safely close to humans and in contact with infrastructure elements to perform sensing and intervention tasks. Their behaviours will need to be carefully orchestrated to integrate smoothly into the environment and in industry 4.0 workflows. Taking inspiration from natural systems, aerial robotic systems can integrate multi-functional morphology, energy-efficient locomotion principles and advanced perception abilities that will allow them to successfully operate and cooperate in these complex and dynamic environments. This talk will describe design principles and technologies for the development of biologically inspired flying robots that can perform monitoring and manufacturing tasks for infrastructure systems. Examples will include flying robots with perching and aerial sensor-placement abilities, aerial-aquatic drones, drones with compliant landing systems for landing on autonomous cars, drones for aerial construction and repair, soft aerial robots, and origami-based drones for safe interactions with infrastructure elements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://dronedays.fer.hr/en/session/aerial-robotics-for-infrastructure-systems/
 
Description Invited Speaker: Soft Aerial Robotics for Digital Infrastructure Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Future infrastructure systems will evolve into complex ecosystems where autonomous aerial, aquatic and ground-based robots will coexist with people and cooperate in symbiosis. To create this human-robot ecosystem, robots will need to respond more flexibly, robustly and efficiently than they do today. They will need to be designed with the ability to move safely close to humans and in contact with infrastructure elements to perform sensing and intervention tasks. Their behaviours will need to be carefully orchestrated to integrate smoothly into the environment and in industry 4.0 workflows. Taking inspiration from natural systems, aerial robotic systems can integrate multi-functional morphology, new materials, energy-efficient locomotion principles and advanced perception abilities that will allow them to successfully operate and cooperate in these complex and dynamic environments. This talk will describe design principles and technologies for the development of biologically inspired flying robots with adaptive morphology that can perform monitoring and manufacturing tasks for infrastructure and building systems. Examples will include flying robots with perching and aerial sensor-placement abilities, aerial-aquatic drones, drones with compliant landing systems for landing on autonomous cars, drones for aerial construction and repair, and origami-based drones for safe interactions with infrastructure elements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.fe.up.pt/~robot2019/index.php/invited-speakers
 
Description Invited Speaker: Soft Aerial Robotics for Infrastructure Manufacturing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Future cities and infrastructure systems will evolve into complex conglomerates where autonomous aerial, aquatic and ground-based robots will coexist with people and cooperate in symbiosis. To create this human-robot ecosystem, robots will need to respond more flexibly, robustly and efficiently than they do today. They will need to be designed with the ability to move across terrain boundaries and physically interact with infrastructure elements to perform sensing and intervention tasks. Taking inspiration from nature, aerial robotic systems can integrate multi-functional morphology, new materials, energy-efficient locomotion principles and advanced perception abilities that will allow them to successfully operate and cooperate in complex and dynamic environments. This talk will describe the scientific fundamentals, design principles and technologies for the development of biologically inspired flying robots with adaptive morphology that can perform monitoring and manufacturing tasks for future infrastructure and building systems. Examples will include flying robots with perching capabilities and origami-based landing systems, drones for aerial construction and repair, and combustion-based jet thrusters for aerial-aquatic vehicles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pi.is.mpg.de/talks
 
Description Keynote lecture in International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles, Toulouse, FR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynotes lectures in CNRS Journées Nationales du GdR Robotique 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 11.2018 CNRS Journées Nationales du GdR Robotique, Paris, FR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Late breaking results poster presentation at ICRA 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Late breaking results poster presentation at ICRA 2018. Title: "Bio-inspired Aquatic Micro Air Vehicle for Environmental Monitoring and Disaster Relief". A large amount of interest was raised about both the research at the scientific level and its applications, including industry participants asking for a field test in their working environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Local talk in London (Laura Margcheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Laura also talked about her experience at Imperial during a local event on March 8, showing the AcquaMAV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/2602419949830206/
 
Description Meeting with BASF about polyurethane materials for repair tasks 
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 meetings and discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee visited the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena 
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 Committee Chair Norman Lamb was joined by fellow MPs Bill Grant, Stephen Metcalfe and former Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah, as well as Committee staff members. The visit was part of their inquiry into recreational and commercial drone use.

MPs were welcomed by the Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley, who introduced them to Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory. He then presented on Imperial's work on drone technology and the challenges facing his team and the wider sector.

Dr Kovac outlined his research on the usage of drones for digital infrastructure systems, including diagnostics and repairs, both in the air and underwater. In response to questions from Sam Gyimah and Stephen Metcalfe, Dr Kovac explained that the use of drones for these purposes is widely accepted in the scientific community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/191908/mps-visit-imperials-aerial-robotics-lab/
 
Description News Article (Blick) : Roboter hüpft wie Flugfisch über Wasserflächen. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Direkt aus dem Wasser in die Luft: Forschende präsentieren eine Art "Flugfisch"- Roboter, der von der Wasseroberfläche starten und gleiten kann. Nützlich wären solche Roboter beispielsweise zur Überwachung von Meeresgebieten.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.blick.ch/news/technik-roboter-huepft-wie-flugfisch-ueber-wasserflaechen-id15512271.html
 
Description News Article (BusinessStandard) : Robots could build future cities by mimicking nature: Study. News story from "A review of collective robotic construction". 
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 Cities of the future could be built and repaired by robots and drones mimicking the tactics of nature, according to a study.

Using robots should reduce human risk, allow tasks to be completed faster and monitoring alongside construction.

The robots could collect data on everything they are doing, helping to improve their practices, according to the study published in the journal Science Robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/robots-could-build-future-cities-by-mimicking-...
 
Description News Article (Chemical&EngineeringNews) : Calcium carbide powers water-leaping robot. Researchers harness simple chemistry to propel this robot out of the water and into the air. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Robots that can navigate different types of terrain could help scientists collect information in hard-to-reach places. That navigation can be tricky, however. For example, launching a robot from the water into the air consumes a lot of energy. Taking inspiration from creatures such as the flying squid, researchers at Imperial College London have developed a robot that can propel itself through the air from an aquatic starting point (Sci. Rob. 2019, DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aax7330). Unlike previous water-leaping robots that rely on heavy compressed gas canisters or external power sources to achieve flight, the new glider uses a lightweight solid fuel-calcium carbide. A small pump on board draws water from the robot's surroundings, allowing the water to react with the calcium carbide to produce acetylene gas. When the gas is ignited, the robot launches into the air via a jet of water and combustion products. The robot can also glide through the air, extending its maximum range to 26 meters. It can carry enough fuel for 10 consecutive launches; when it lands, the chamber begins to refill until it reaches its optimal launch angle, at which point it takes off again. The time between launches-currently about 20 minutes-could be used to collect data or water samples. Raphael Zufferey, the engineer who co-led the new study, says the robot could be used to collect data around icebergs, during floods, or in polluted waters.

Giuliana Viglione: This robot can launch itself from the water into the air. Robots like this one that can navigate over different terrains could help scientists collect data in hard-to-reach places. This leaping robot uses a solid fuel called calcium carbide. A small pump on board draws water from its surroundings, and the water then reacts with the calcium carbide to produce combustible acetylene gas. When the gas is ignited, the robot flies into the air, propelled by a jet of water and combustion products. Once airborne, the robot can glide up to 26 meters. When it lands, the chamber begins to refill with water to prepare for relaunch. It can do this 10 times in a row before needing to be refueled.

The Imperial College London researchers who built the bot say it could be used to collect data or water samples in polar regions, during floods, or in polluted waters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cen.acs.org/analytical-chemistry/Calcium-carbide-powers-water-leaping/97/i37
 
Description News Article (FoxNews) : 'Flying fish' robot propels itself out of water and glides through the air. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 A bio-inspired robot can use water from the environment to launch itself into the air, British researchers revealed.

The robot can travel 85 feet through the air after taking off and researchers believe it could be used to collect samples in hazardous or otherwise cluttered environments, such as during a major flood.

Researchers from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London devised a system that requires only 0.2 grams of calcium carbide powder in a combusion chamber, with the only moving part being a small pump that delivers water from the environment where the robot sits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.foxnews.com/tech/flying-fish-robot-propels-water-glides-air
 
Description News Article (FromPress) : Flying fish' drone actually explodes out of the water. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Drones that can both swim and fly are no longer in the distant future. Imperial College London's Aerial Robotics Lab built a concept for multimodal swimming robot it calls AquaMAV that can jump out of water. The scientists behind AquaMAV presented their findings in a paper published this week in Science Robotics.
Source: https://pressfrom.info/us/news/science-and-technology/-323221-flying-fish-drone-actually-explodes-out-of-the-water.
According to IEE Spectrum, the AquaMAV combines combustible power and water in order to propel itself. The drone contains calcium carbide powder. When mixed with water, the drone creates acetylene gas, which then gets funneled into a combustion chamber along with air and water. When ignited, the mixture then explodes, forcing the water out of the combustion chamber and propelling the drone into air.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://pressfrom.info/us/news/science-and-technology/-323221-flying-fish-drone-actually-explodes-ou...
 
Description News Article (IEEE SPECTRUM) : Water Jet Powered Drone Takes Off With Explosions To take off from the water, this drone uses an explosion-powered water jet. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact At ICRA 2015, the Aerial Robotics Lab at the Imperial College London presented a concept for a multimodal flying swimming robot called AquaMAV. The really difficult thing about a flying and swimming robot isn't so much the transition from the first to the second, since you can manage that even if your robot is completely dead (thanks to gravity), but rather the other way: going from water to air, ideally in a stable and repetitive way. The AquaMAV concept solved this by basically just applying as much concentrated power as possible to the problem, using a jet thruster to hurl the robot out of the water with quite a bit of velocity to spare.

In a paper appearing in Science Robotics this week, the roboticists behind AquaMAV present a fully operational robot that uses a solid-fuel powered chemical reaction to generate an explosion that powers the robot into the air.
The 2015 version of AquaMAV, which was mostly just some very vintage-looking computer renderings and a little bit of hardware, used a small cylinder of CO2 to power its water jet thruster. This worked pretty well, but the mass and complexity of the storage and release mechanism for the compressed gas wasn't all that practical for a flying robot designed for long-term autonomy. It's a familiar challenge, especially for pneumatically powered soft robots-how do you efficiently generate gas on-demand, especially if you need a lot of pressure all at once?

An explosion propels the drone out of the water
There's one obvious way of generating large amounts of pressurized gas all at once, and that's explosions. We've seen robots use explosive thrust for mobility before, at a variety of scales, and it's very effective as long as you can both properly harness the explosion and generate the fuel with a minimum of fuss, and this latest version of AquaMAV manages to do both:
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/drones/water-jet-powered-drone-takes-off-with-explosion...
 
Description News Article (Infosurhoy) : flying fish robot uses gas to launch itself 26-metres-out-of-water-and-into-the-air. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Fish out of water for environmental researchers, using robots to collect much-needed water samples can be tricky.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://robotics.altmetric.com/details/66446214/news
 
Description News Article (NyTechnik) : En kemisk reaktion får den motorlösa farkosten att flyga. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Den lilla glidflygaren kastar sig ur vattnet och kan färdas 26 meter. Drivkraften är en kemisk reaktion, och kalciumkarbiden räcker till 20 hopp. Nu ska den skalas upp.

Glidflygplanet får plats i handflatan, och med sin storlek är flygförmågan på upp till 26 meter imponerande. Farkosten har dock ingen motor utan innehåller bara en rörlig del - en pump. Roboten utgår från vattenytan och drivkraften kommer från en kemisk reaktion mellan kalciumkarbid och vatten.

Vatten pumpas in i en huvudkammare och en liten del överförs med häverteffekt till en mindre kammare som innehåller kalciumkarbidpulver. Den kemiska reaktionen bildar acetylengas som tvingas in i huvudkammaren och antänds. Kraften hos förbränningen skjuter ut det vatten som finns kvar vilket skickar upp farkosten i skyn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nyteknik.se/fordon/en-kemisk-reaktion-far-den-motorlosa-farkosten-att-flyga-6971542
 
Description News Article (PopularMechanics) : This Glider Is Powered by a Chemical Reaction-Not an Engine. Science is beautiful.. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Roboticists at Imperial College London and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed a new type of glider that swiftly jumps from sea to air like a flying fish. The small aerial-aquatic glider, which can fit in the palm of your hands, uses a chemical reaction to propel itself out of the water.

Water is pumped into a master chamber, and then siphoned into another, smaller chamber containing calcium carbide powder. This chemical reaction creates acetylene gas, which is forced into the main chamber and ignited. The force of this ignition quickly expels water in the chamber, sending the vehicle into the air.

Similar robots-like the robotic bee that the team of scientists previously worked on-have used either tethered systems of power or are propelled by internal engines or compressed gas. This newest vehicle, however, has a very simple design with only one moving part: the pump.

"It doesn't need any pistons or valves, which are typical for combustion processes or internal combustion engines," lead roboticist Mirko Kovac tells Popular Mechanics. "It uses the property of the fluid, the gas, the water, and this reaction to create the various stages of the combustion."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a29003643/glider-robot-chemical-reaction/
 
Description News Article (ScientificAmercian) : Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Drones and water usually do not mix. (Indeed, some of the most popular drone videos on YouTube feature "epic" water saves.) But a new drone developed by researchers in England is made to move from sea to sky-and back again. This fixed-wing flyer uses a burst of gas to launch out of the water. The researchers say the abilities of Japanese flying squid inspired their design.
The amphibious glider can stay afloat, even if the sea is a little choppy (big waves are a problem, though). When it is ready to fly, a water-intake system lets it adjust its angle in preparation for takeoff-and it can fly up to 85 feet after launching from the drink. The researchers hope to bring their jump glider (or future evolutions of the prototype) into rough environments, such as natural disaster zones, to do sampling and monitoring.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/drenchable-drones-prickly-cells-and-face-tracked-chimps-s...
 
Description News Article (TAGBLATT) : Roboter hüpft wie Flugfisch über Wasserflächen. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Direkt aus dem Wasser in die Luft: Forschende präsentieren eine Art <>- Roboter, der von der Wasseroberfläche starten und gleiten kann. Nützlich wären solche Roboter beispielsweise zur Überwachung von Meeresgebieten.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tagblatt.ch/newsticker/schweiz/roboter-hupft-wie-flugfisch-uber-wasserflachen-ld.1151218
 
Description News Article (TechXplore) : Cities of the future could be built by robots mimicking nature. News story from "A review of collective robotic construction". 
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 Cities of the future could be built by robots mimicking nature. A new review, published today in Science Robotics and co-authored by Imperial researcher Dr. Mirko Kovac, who directs the Aerial Robotics Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics, looks at the state-of-the-art in robot construction and where we need to go next to make a robot-built environment a reality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://techxplore.com/news/2019-03-cities-future-built-robots-mimicking.html
 
Description News Article (The Hindu) : Can robots build future cities? Using robots should reduce human risk, allow tasks to be completed faster and monitoring alongside construction. News story from "A review of collective robotic construction". 
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 Cities of the future could be built and repaired by robots and drones mimicking the tactics of nature, according to a study.

Using robots should reduce human risk, allow tasks to be completed faster and monitoring alongside construction.

The robots could collect data on everything they are doing, helping to improve their practices, according to the study published in the journal Science Robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/can-robots-build-future-cities/article26563528.ec...
 
Description News Article (XINHUANET) : Engineers invent tiny "flying fish" robot floating on rough waves. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Engineers at Imperial College London have invented a tiny "flying fish" robot that can use water to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface, the university said in a release on Wednesday.

The study published in Science Robotics journal described a bio-inspired robot that can travel 26 meters through the air after take-off, which can be used to collect water samples in hazardous and cluttered environments, such as during flooding or when monitoring ocean pollution.

The only moving part of the robot is a small pump that brings in water from the environment, such as a lake or an ocean. It has 0.2 grams of calcium carbide powder in a combustion chamber.

The water and the powder combine to produce a burnable acetylene gas, and the gas, when ignited, could push the water out as a jet, propelling the robot into a glide, according to the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/12/c_138386536.htm
 
Description News Article (cash) : Roboter hüpft wie Flugfisch über Wasserflächen. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Direkt aus dem Wasser in die Luft: Forschende präsentieren eine Art "Flugfisch"- Roboter, der von der Wasseroberfläche starten und gleiten kann. Nützlich wären solche Roboter beispielsweise zur Überwachung von Meeresgebieten.
Der Start aus dem Wasser in die Luft ist für kleine Roboter eine knifflige Sache, weil er viel Energie benötigt. Das Team um Mirko Kovac von der Forschungsanstalt Empa und dem Imperial College London hat deshalb ein neues, besonders leichtes Antriebssystem entwickelt und mit einem Roboter getestet, wie die Empa am Donnerstag mitteilte.

Das Antriebssystem benötigt nur 0,2 Gramm Calciumcarbidpulver in einer Brennkammer. Eine kleine Pumpe bringt das Umgebungswasser in einer Reaktionskammer mit dem Pulver zusammen. Dadurch entsteht brennbares Acetylengas.

Wenn das Gas entzündet wird und sich ausdehnt, drückt es das Wasser als Antriebsstrahl heraus. Das ermöglicht den Start von der Wasseroberfläche und einen Gleitflug von rund 26 Metern, wie die Forschenden im Fachblatt "Science Robotics" berichteten. Wenn sich sein Wassertank dann wieder passiv füllt, kann er ein weiteres Mal "hüpfen".

Das Forschungsteam testete den Roboter im Labor, in einem See und in einem Wellentank, wie die Empa schrieb. Auch bei Wellengang kann der Roboter demnach abheben.
Interessant wäre der Einsatz eines solchen Antriebs beispielsweise bei Robotern, die bei Überschwemmungen Wasserproben sammeln oder die Umweltverschmutzung bei Korallenriffen oder um Offshore-Plattformen herum beobachten sollen: Der "Flugfisch" könnte selbstständig über die Wasserfläche gleiten und an mehreren Orten Proben entnehmen. Im Vergleich zu elektrisch angetriebenen Robotern würde der neu entwickelte Antrieb über grössere Distanzen deutlich Energie sparen.

In einem nächsten Schritt wollen die Empa-Forschenden und ihre Kollegen nun Roboter aus verschiedenen Materialien entwickeln, sowie den Roboter in verschiedenen Umgebungen weiter testen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cash.ch/news/roboter-huepft-wie-flugfisch-ueber-wasserflaechen-1397757
 
Description News Article (futurism) : WATCH A ROBOT FISH FLY BY SHOOTING WATER OUT OF ITS REAR. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Fish Out Of Water
For environmental researchers, using robots to collect much-needed water samples can be tricky. The bot might have trouble navigating around trash while collecting samples from polluted waters, for example, or avoiding ice.

Now, researchers from Imperial College London have created a robot fish that can get around such obstacles - by propelling itself over them using a stream of water pushed out its rear end.

Full Of Gas
The researchers detail their creation of the flying robot fish in a paper published in the journal Science Robotics on Wednesday.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://futurism.com/the-byte/watch-robot-fish-fly-shooting-water-rear
 
Description News Article (heise online) : Fliegender Roboterfisch: Roboter schießt sich aus dem Wasser. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Forscher in Großbritannien haben einen Roboter entwickelt, der sich aus Wasser in die Luft schießen und dann gleiten kann. Das ist äußerst praktisch.
Ein Roboter, der gleichermaßen fliegen und schwimmen kann, wäre ideal, um etwa nach einem Unfall in einem Atomkraftwerk oder einem Chemiebetrieb in kurzer Zeit Proben an mehreren Orten zu entnehmen. Die größte Herausforderung dabei besteht darin, aus dem Wasser wieder in die Luft zu kommen. Britische Forscher haben jetzt eine Lösung präsentiert. Aus dem Wasser schießen
Wie das Forschungsteam um Mirko Kovac vom Imperial College London in der aktuellen Ausgabe von Science Robotics berichtet, gelingt der Start aus dem Wasser mithilfe eines Düsenantriebs. Als Treibstoff führt der Roboter Calciumcarbid mit, das mit Wasser reagiert und Acetylen erzeugt. Das wiederum wird in einer Brennkammer elektrisch gezündet und presst einen Wasserstrahl durch eine Düse, der den Roboter in die Luft schleudert. Der geht dort in den Gleitflug über. Mit 53 Milligramm Calciumcarbid habe der 160 Gramm schwere Roboter auf diese Weise 26 Meter fliegend zurückgelegt, berichten die Wissenschaftler.

Die 491 Milliliter große Brennkammer, die zu 40 Prozent mit Wasser gefüllt ist, werde dabei innerhalb von 0,2 Sekunden durch eine 6,8 Millimeter große Düse geleert. Danach gehe der Roboter, der wie ein Flugzeug gestaltet ist, in den Gleitflug über. Da die Schubkraft mehr als das 25-fache des Eigengewichts des Roboters betrage, gelinge der Start auch, bei unruhiger Wasseroberfläche, wie sich bei 22 Flugversuchen im Labor und im Freien gezeigt habe.
Damit der Roboter sowohl den angetriebenen Flug wie auch den Gleitflug bewältigen sowie auf der Wasseroberfläche sinnvoll operieren kann, seien beim Design einige Kompromisse nötig gewesen, schreiben die Forscher. Je nach Operationsmodus sei etwa die optimale Position des Schwerpunktes unterschiedlich gewesen. Für einen einsatztauglichen Roboter müsste das Design angepasst werden. So könnte etwa die Zeit für das Füllen der Brennkammer mit Wasser durch ein Ventil verkürzt werden, was aber das Gewicht erhöhen würde. Ein Propeller würde die Reichweite im Flugmodus erhöhen. Um überhaupt erst einmal aus dem Wasser zu kommen, scheint der einfache und robuste Düsenantrieb aber eine sehr gut geeignete Methode zu sein. (mho)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Fliegender-Roboterfisch-Roboter-schiesst-sich-aus-dem-Wasser...
 
Description News Article (hindustantimes) : Robots could build future cities by mimicking nature: Study. News story from "A review of collective robotic construction". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Cities of the future could be built and repaired by robots and drones mimicking the tactics of nature, according to a study. Using robots should reduce human risk, allow tasks to be completed faster and monitoring alongside construction. The robots could collect data on everything they are doing, helping to improve their practices, according to the study published in the journal Science Robotics.
Many animals in groups take cues from and leverage their environment when constructing or repairing their homes. For example, termites, which live in large 'super-organism' colonies, rely on pheromones excreted during deposition of materials to coordinate construction. Analysing these methods of coordination can help researchers design algorithms for how groups of robots and drones could autonomously work together during construction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.hindustantimes.com/sex-and-relationships/robots-could-build-future-cities-by-mimicking-n...
 
Description News Article (ibtimes) : Flying Fish Robot From London Could Become The Future Of Sea Travel. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ove out RC boats; there's a new fish in town! Scientists at the Imperial College of London have developed a leaping, farting fish-bot that that can be used to monitor reefs or ice floes.

In a report by the Daily Star, the flying-fish automaton can swim, glide and skip rough waters thanks to its high-powered propulsion system. Mirko Kovac, the director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at the Imperial College in London, said that the robot could transition from water to air in seconds.

Kovac said that its locomotive principle is based on the "flying fish." According to the bot's blueprints from the journal Science Robotics, the 160-gram fish-bot can manage a flight distance of 26 meters "using 0.2 grams of fuel."

It uses calcium carbide pellets with the water it's swimming in to produce acetylene gas. The combustible element turns the miniature "fish" into a gliding, farting jet that can operate in short intervals.

Kovac added that the automaton could be useful as an observation tool. He said that the small device could "be used for reef monitoring or arctic sea monitoring."

Scientist at the Imperial College of London believes that it could be the future of sea travel. Kovac noted that the method they presented would allow several amphibious vehicles to transition out of the water temporarily.

The technology would allow seafarers to navigate under challenging terrains such as rocks and icebergs. It would render traditional aquatic vehicles obsolete if ever the technology pushes through the market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ibtimes.com/flying-fish-robot-london-could-become-future-sea-travel-2839144
 
Description News Article (innovationsreport) : <>-Roboter kann tauchen und fliegen. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Ein bio-inspirierter Roboter nutzt Wasser aus der Umwelt, um ein Antriebsgas zu erzeugen und von der Wasseroberfläche zu starten. Der Roboter wurde von Forschern des <> entwickelt. Er kann nach dem Start rund 26 Meter weit fliegen und könnte zur Entnahme von Wasserproben in gefährlichen und unübersichtlichen Umgebungen wie bei Überschwemmungen oder bei der Überwachung der Meeresverschmutzung eingesetzt werden, berichtet das Team um Mirko Kovac, der auch das gemeinsame <> an der Empa leitet, in der neuesten Ausgabe des Fachmagazins <>.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/energie-elektrotechnik/flugfisch-roboter-kann-tauche...
 
Description News Article (msn) : 'Flying fish' drone actually explodes out of the water. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
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 Drones that can both swim and fly are no longer in the distant future. Imperial College London's Aerial Robotics Lab built a concept for multimodal swimming robot it calls AquaMAV that can jump out of water. The scientists behind AquaMAV presented their findings in a paper published this week in Science Robotics.
According to IEE Spectrum, the AquaMAV combines combustible power and water in order to propel itself. The drone contains calcium carbide powder. When mixed with water, the drone creates acetylene gas, which then gets funneled into a combustion chamber along with air and water. When ignited, the mixture then explodes, forcing the water out of the combustion chamber and propelling the drone into air.

The AquaMAV can fly up to 26 meters in the air, and creates so much force it can even propel itself out of choppy waters. Scientists believe it can be used to collect water samples during natural disasters such as floods or to monitor ocean pollution. You can watch the AquaMAV in action in the video below.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/flying-fish-drone-actually-explodes-out-of-the-water/ar-AA...
 
Description News Article (suedostschweiz) : Roboter hüpft wie Flugfisch über Wasserflächen. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Direkt aus dem Wasser in die Luft: Forschende präsentieren eine Art <>- Roboter, der von der Wasseroberfläche starten und gleiten kann. Nützlich wären solche Roboter beispielsweise zur Überwachung von Meeresgebieten.
Der Start aus dem Wasser in die Luft ist für kleine Roboter eine knifflige Sache, weil er viel Energie benötigt. Das Team um Mirko Kovac von der Forschungsanstalt Empa und dem Imperial College London hat deshalb ein neues, besonders leichtes Antriebssystem entwickelt und mit einem Roboter getestet, wie die Empa am Donnerstag mitteilte.

Das Antriebssystem benötigt nur 0,2 Gramm Calciumcarbidpulver in einer Brennkammer. Eine kleine Pumpe bringt das Umgebungswasser in einer Reaktionskammer mit dem Pulver zusammen. Dadurch entsteht brennbares Acetylengas.

Wenn das Gas entzündet wird und sich ausdehnt, drückt es das Wasser als Antriebsstrahl heraus. Das ermöglicht den Start von der Wasseroberfläche und einen Gleitflug von rund 26 Metern, wie die Forschenden im Fachblatt <> berichteten. Wenn sich sein Wassertank dann wieder passiv füllt, kann er ein weiteres Mal <>.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.suedostschweiz.ch/wirtschaft/2019-09-12/roboter-huepft-wie-flugfisch-ueber-wasserflaeche...
 
Description News Article (swissinfo) : Roboter hüpft wie Flugfisch über Wasserflächen. News story from "Consecutive aquatic jump-gliding with water-reactive fuel". 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Direkt aus dem Wasser in die Luft: Forschende präsentieren eine Art "Flugfisch"- Roboter, der von der Wasseroberfläche starten und gleiten kann. Nützlich wären solche Roboter beispielsweise zur Überwachung von Meeresgebieten.

Der Start aus dem Wasser in die Luft ist für kleine Roboter eine knifflige Sache, weil er viel Energie benötigt. Das Team um Mirko Kovac von der Forschungsanstalt Empa und dem Imperial College London hat deshalb ein neues, besonders leichtes Antriebssystem entwickelt und mit einem Roboter getestet, wie die Empa am Donnerstag mitteilte.

Das Antriebssystem benötigt nur 0,2 Gramm Calciumcarbidpulver in einer Brennkammer. Eine kleine Pumpe bringt das Umgebungswasser in einer Reaktionskammer mit dem Pulver zusammen. Dadurch entsteht brennbares Acetylengas.
Wenn das Gas entzündet wird und sich ausdehnt, drückt es das Wasser als Antriebsstrahl heraus. Das ermöglicht den Start von der Wasseroberfläche und einen Gleitflug von rund 26 Metern, wie die Forschenden im Fachblatt "Science Robotics" berichteten. Wenn sich sein Wassertank dann wieder passiv füllt, kann er ein weiteres Mal "hüpfen".

Das Forschungsteam testete den Roboter im Labor, in einem See und in einem Wellentank, wie die Empa schrieb. Auch bei Wellengang kann der Roboter demnach abheben.

Interessant wäre der Einsatz eines solchen Antriebs beispielsweise bei Robotern, die bei Überschwemmungen Wasserproben sammeln oder die Umweltverschmutzung bei Korallenriffen oder um Offshore-Plattformen herum beobachten sollen: Der "Flugfisch" könnte selbstständig über die Wasserfläche gleiten und an mehreren Orten Proben entnehmen. Im Vergleich zu elektrisch angetriebenen Robotern würde der neu entwickelte Antrieb über grössere Distanzen deutlich Energie sparen.

In einem nächsten Schritt wollen die Empa-Forschenden und ihre Kollegen nun Roboter aus verschiedenen Materialien entwickeln, sowie den Roboter in verschiedenen Umgebungen weiter testen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/roboter-huepft-wie-flugfisch-ueber-wasserflaechen/45223598
 
Description ORCA Demonstration @NREC: "Mixed-reality Enhanced Telepresence for Remote Inspection and Monitoring with Multiple Aerial Robots" 
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 An Imperial College London team led by Dr. Mirko Kovac also demonstrated autonomous UAV sensor placement using drones equipped with a winch-tethered magnet and passive wheels capable of perching on and sliding along both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Equipped with sensors and cameras, the drones were then able to carry out an on-surface inspection.
A combined team from Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh used a Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) sensor combined with a precise robotic manipulator to carry out an inspection to evalutate wall thickness and to look for cracks and other material weaknesses. The data from the scan created a material defect map for the operator during the inspection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://orcahub.org/innovation/capability-demonstrations/2019-demonstrations-1
 
Description ORCA Demonstration @SberBank: "Mixed-reality Enhanced Telepresence for Remote Inspection and Monitoring with Multiple Aerial Robots" 
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 An Imperial College London team led by Dr. Mirko Kovac also demonstrated autonomous UAV sensor placement using drones equipped with a winch-tethered magnet and passive wheels capable of perching on and sliding along both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Equipped with sensors and cameras, the drones were then able to carry out an on-surface inspection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Partecipation to Sactom workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participation to the e2E/Inmarsat satcom for UAS workshop started a conversation that could lead to a collaboration around BVLOS testing of unmanned aircraft exploiting satcom technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster presentation at ICRA 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 Poster presentation during the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA): "Bioinspired aquatic micro air vehicle for environmental monitoring and disaster relief"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo 
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 Gammon Construction Imperial visit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo COEBIT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 09/18. Presentation at COEBIT (Centre of Excellence for Bio-Inspired Technology) meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Delegations from the french embassy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact with Prof. Nozha Boujemaa, Director of DATAIA Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Imperial festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public event with Imperial Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Italian AI experts and ministry representatives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 31/01/19. Lab visit from committee of Italian AI experts and ministry representatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Microsoft 
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 Yearly tour for CEOs, Research Directors, and other leaders from their university partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Oxford animal flight group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 08/10/18. Visit to Oxford animal flight group for small symposium 
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Paul Pounds 
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 University of Queensland, Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Science museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 22/10/18-26/10/2018. Science museum outreach: showcasing research, interacting with visitors, helping children design robots
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Trenton Jerde 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact editor for Nature Machine Intelligence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo World of Drones Congress 
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 13/12/18. Lab visit from Australian "World of Drones Congress" organisers (largest industrial drones conference in Australasia)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and demo Zaman Ahmad 
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 Cyber Training Firm, Malaysia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press release in Telez 
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 annoucement of EMPA collaberation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.telez.ch/neues-drohnenlabor_14813/#
 
Description Radio interview for BBC Earth feature on bio-inspired drones: The birds, the bees and the robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio interview for BBC Earth feature on bio-inspired drones: How biology is influencing technology to help us better understand nature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbcearth.com/blog/?article=the-birds-the-bees-and-the-robots
 
Description Research Visit to EMPA-Nest in Zurich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation and tour of EMPA nest facility, regarding potential collaborations between Imperial and ETH Zurich
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Science Museum Autonomous Vehicles Interactive Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Took part in the 5 day interactive Science Museum event on Autonomous vehicles. Several laboratory members worked through case studies on designing autonomous vehicles for practical use with the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Site Trials at Clifton Suspension Bridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Drone experiments were started at the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The Bridgemaster and several staff engaged with the activity and helped shape the use case for drones in bridge maintenance and visitor interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TAROS 2018 Conference Presentation (invited) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As the winner of the Best UK PhD in robotics, Rob Siddall was invited to give a short talk detailing his thesis on Aerial-Aquatic Locomotion at the TAROS 2018 conference in Bristol.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk and presentation in TEDxBolognaWomen (Laura Margheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TEDxBolognaWomen: http://www.tedxbologna.com/perspectives/
It was held on December 8, 2018. I talked about the multidisciplinary of biorobotics, from my experience etc and I showed a video of the AquaMAV among the examples.
The outreach was mainly at national level (Italy), even if the video is globally online:
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8xP8lMsl3Q
 
Description Talk at PwC School of Mines 
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 Dr Mirko Kovac participated in the panel discussion around the potential uses of drones/AI/robotics in Mining at the PwC annual conference "London School of Mines"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to a Secondary School (St George's Catholic College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk at the annual awards ceremony for a secondary school in southampton, GCSE students and parents invited.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk to a sixth form school group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk on robotics and question session with a large school group (Year 9 - A2 Level)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Technology Demonstration for SberBank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Demonstrated the pipeline repair using aerial robots for the visiting group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Unmanned Maritime Systems Conference, May 16-17 2018, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac was invited speaker at the second annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference, held in London on the 16th and 17th May 2018, organised by the SMi Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.smi-online.co.uk/defence/uk/conference/Unmanned-Maritime-Systems#tab_overview
 
Description Urban Explorers Children's Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participated in the Urban Explorers childrens conference, talking with primary/secondary school children about robotics and the work of Imperial College Researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit from Felicity Buchan MP, South Kensington 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Local Member of Parliament Felicity Buchan, visited our lab and shown interest to our developed technology. She has also suggested to employ some of the drone technology for infrastructure inspection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop: Invited Speaker: International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020 Workshop on "Self-Assembling and Reconfigurable Systems" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Self-assembly is a process where pre-existing components form a structured system without external control due to the local interaction between the components. It is ubiquitous in many different fields like biology, chemistry, medicine, robotics and materials science. Self-assembly is a very important aspect in biological and robotics systems. Biological systems are inherently hierarchical, and as such self-assembly remains the critical process by which the fundamental units form into functional structures, that in turn form living organisms. A shining example of this is the fundamental building block of life, base-pairing with hydrogen bonds to make double-stranded DNA.
As the complexity of biological organisms is achieved from the self-assembly of nucleotides, self-assembly in robotics also presents a great opportunity for building functional systems. Robustness and reconfigurability has been a major objective for robotics researchers in recent years. Robust and reconfigurable systems offer improved systems, such as lower cost per unit as the individual requirements per robot is reduced, and a level of parallel redundancy that is not yet prevalent in robotics. Self-assembly lies at the intersection of biology and robotics, and it can help inform better robotics solutions.
This workshop aims to open a dialogue about self-assembly between researchers in biology and robotics. The workshop will be divided into two main sub-themes: (1) Self-assembly in biological systems and (2) Self-assembly in robotics. The workshop aims to bridge the gap between both sub-themes and foster collaboration between the two fields. The former sub-theme entails the most interesting aspects of biological self-assembly. The latter sub-theme entails challenges in self-assembling robots and how processes in biological systems can help improve the system design aspect of these robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.selfassemblingsystems.org/invited-speakers
 
Description Workshop: robosoft2020: Material Intelligence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The role of soft, adaptive matter in Robotics is intensively growing with the increasing demand for compliant, intelligent and collaborative robotic behavior. Development of intelligent material systems combining actuation, sensing and computation has become one of the grand challenges for realizing this vision of next generation soft robotics. Material intelligence, the concept of material-level acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, embodies a critical synergy of sensing, actuation and computation with the potential to redefine our expectations of material behavior. However, the advancement of this idea faces several challenges due to the technical breadth, complex implementation and conceptual paradigm shift of material behavior it requires. In addition, physical integration of these capabilities and concepts is inherently interdisciplinary, requiring input and the development of a common language across numerous disciplines, including Materials Science, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Architecture and others. The present workshop aims to host "under one roof" the leading researchers in the fields of soft-material actuation, sensing and computation to create a dialogue on the state of the art, identify technical/conceptual barriers, and outline key challenges and opportunities for Material Intelligence. The workshop will include a special Dialogue Panel along with classical presentation sessions and extensive networking time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.material-intelligence.com/
 
Description lecture on biorobotics during a workshop organized by the IAAD (Laura Margheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Laura gave a lecture on biorobotics during a workshop organized by the IAAD (https://www.iaad.it/en/). She made a sort of review of bio-robots, including the AcquaMAV.
It was a lecture for about 20-25 students, from Italy and Israel. It was held on February 11, 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.iaad.it/en/