UK Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Hub for Offshore Energy Asset Integrity Management

Lead Research Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science

Abstract

The international offshore energy industry currently faces the triple challenges of an oil price expected to remain less than $50 a barrel, significant expensive decommissioning commitments of old infrastructure (especially North Sea) and small margins on the traded commodity price per KWh of offshore renewable energy. Further, the offshore workforce is ageing as new generations of suitable graduates prefer not to work in hazardous places offshore. Operators therefore seek more cost effective, safe methods and business models for inspection, repair and maintenance of their topside and marine offshore infrastructure. Robotics and artificial intelligence are seen as key enablers in this regard as fewer staff offshore reduces cost, increases safety and workplace appeal.

The long-term industry vision is thus for a completely autonomous offshore energy field, operated, inspected and maintained from the shore. The time is now right to further develop, integrate and de-risk these into certifiable evaluation prototypes because there is a pressing need to keep UK offshore oil and renewable energy fields economic, and to develop more productive and agile products and services that UK startups, SMEs and the supply chain can export internationally. This will maintain a key economic sector currently worth £40 billion and 440,000 jobs to the UK economy, and a supply chain adding a further £6 billion in exports of goods and services.

The ORCA Hub is an ambitious initiative that brings together internationally leading experts from 5 UK universities with over 30 industry partners (>£17.5M investment). Led by the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics (HWU/UoE), in collaboration with Imperial College, Oxford and Liverpool Universities, this multi-disciplinary consortium brings its unique expertise in: Subsea (HWU), Ground (UoE, Oxf) and Aerial robotics (ICL); as well as human-machine interaction (HWU, UoE), innovative sensors for Non Destructive Evaluation and low-cost sensor networks L, UoE); and asset management and certification (HWU, UoE, LIV).

The Hub will provide game-changing, remote solutions using robotics and AI that are readily integratable with existing and future assets and sensors, and that can operate and interact safely in autonomous or semi-autonomous modes in complex and cluttered environments. We will develop robotics solutions enabling accurate mapping of, navigation around and interaction with offshore assets that support the deployment of sensors networks for asset monitoring. Human-machine systems will be able to co-operate with remotely located human operators through an intelligent interface that manages the cognitive load of users in these complex, high-risk situations. Robots and sensors will be integrated into a broad asset integrity information and planning platform that supports self-certification of the assets and robots.

Planned Impact

Our project represents an unprecedented effort to use Robotics and AI to revolutionise Asset Integrity Management in the offshore energy sector to enable cheaper, safer and more efficient working practices and move towards a fully autonomous offshore energy field, operated, inspected and maintained from the shore. Up to £17.8M of cash support from the industry demonstrates the timeliness and strong industry interest for our research agenda. Beyond its academic impact detailed elsewhere, this project will bring about a step change in the feasibility of large scale monitoring for subsea assets such as cables, risers, seabed structures and marine energy devices. To maximise the impact of our research, we have built in mechanisms to maximise the translation of research into innovation, products and industry take-up.

1- Strong industry involvement: Our initial research focus is built around 6 developed Use Cases and 7 Capability Challenges for RAI applied to offshore energy asset integrity for marine, topside (i.e. on platform) and aerial domains developed in collaboration with industry (initial workshop July 2017, 40 people attending). Regular 6-monthly demonstrations of existing research will inform our partners of the evolving maturity of the research and trigger potential exploitation. Annual workshops to refine these and update the research roadmap will be organised by the Hub with the support and guidance of our Industrial Leadership and Opportunities Panel (ILOP). From these, Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) will form from Open Calls initiated by ILOP, the PI and the academic team. These projects will be funded from the £20M Partnership Resource Fund (PRF) (£2.6M EPSRC, £17.8M industry partners). JIPs will comprise SMEs, startups and others from the supply chain to make capabilities more robust, reliable and certifiable in increasingly realistic domains up to TRL7. These efforts will be supported by a full time impact manager.

2- Fostering wider collaboratioThe hub will expand its research and innovation reach to other RAI Hubs initially through the bi-annual Hub PI meetings, where opportunities across hub boundaries will be identified. We will aim to align common science and innovation goals through the relevant Hub management structures to provide greater gearing whilst recognising the distinctness of the environments and markets. Regular Open Calls will seek research partners (funded by both EPSRC and Partners from the PRF) to close scientific gaps in the core WP programme based on advice by the International Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP). This funding will be accessible by the best teams across the world, thus fostering collaborations at an international level. We will also seek to exploit synergies created from other hubs in other domains to have an impact on the anticipated ISCF RAI Challenge funding in 2019. Through this PI Forum, we will also reach out to the successful iUK projects (parallel ISCF RAI call) to seek synergies, overlap and opportunities for rapid innovation advancements.
Standardisation: A crucial output of the project will be working closely with regulators, especially project partner Lloyds Register, to develop standards and formal requirements for offshore RAI self-certification. We will also explore defining an ISO industry standard for dialogue act annotation for interaction with autonomous systems and AI (similar to e.g. DiAML) to encourage adoption of the developed techniques in a variety of domains.

3- Engaging the wider public in research: We have a wide experience of public engagement through our RAS-CDT (BBC News @10, Blue Peter, Sky News, Twitter, Facebook) and will continue to our engagement strategy supported by our full time Hub Manager.

Organisations

 
Description We have identified a number of key focus areas ('Technology spotlights") which are now receiving traction with industry following demonstrations during the 2018 Capability Demonstrations in Oxford, Fort William and Edinburgh.
Exploitation Route The activities are receiving traction from the oil and gas, and renewables industry but are also starting to gain interest from other sectors, e.g. MIRIAM.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy

URL https://orcahub.org/innovation/focus-areas
 
Description 6 commercialisation efforts are underway from the Hub after 13 months of operation. These are commercial in confidence at this stage and involve potential spin outs as well as collaborations with SME's, service companies and Operators.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Energy
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Appointment to Scientific Advisory Board of the French Oceanographic Fleet
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Appointment to working group 'UK As A Platform for Innovation'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visit the new Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg was the first Minister to visit the brand new Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London. Dr. Mirko Kovac presented the activities and the projects of the Aerial Robotics Lab. PhD students in the lab gave a demonstration of drones in action, showcasing the 16 high speed 3D aerial tracking cameras that record in real-time the dynamics of robots in the air. The visit, held on Friday 24 November, came in advance of a government announcement that police will be given new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones under planned legislation. The measures are intended to allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. This will also pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services. The government plan to publish the draft Drone Bill for consultation in spring 2018.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-powers-for-police-to-address-illegal-and-unsafe-use-of-drones
 
Description Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visit the new Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg was the first Minister to visit the brand new Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London. Dr. Mirko Kovac presented the activities and the projects of the Aerial Robotics Lab. PhD students in the lab gave a demonstration of drones in action, showcasing the 16 high speed 3D aerial tracking cameras that record in real-time the dynamics of robots in the air. The visit, held on Friday 24 November, came in advance of a government announcement that police will be given new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones under planned legislation. The measures are intended to allow drone users to continue flying safely and legally, helping to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. This will also pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services. The government plan to publish the draft Drone Bill for consultation in spring 2018.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-powers-for-police-to-address-illegal-and-unsafe-use-of-drones
 
Description Britis Standards Institution: AMT/10 Committee on Robot Safety and Robot Ethics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description British Standards Institution: Artificial Intelligence standards committee [ART/1]
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/committees/50281655
 
Description Deptartment for Transport Maritime 2050 National Strategy Expert Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Inivitation to join BAe Systems Corporate Foresight Panel
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Invitation to join InnovateUK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Robotics and AI Advisory group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Invitation to join UK Atomic Energy Authority Programme Advisory Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Invited participant to the BEIS Drones Industry Action Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Jiangmen Science City Foundation and Scientific Advisor Invitation
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Membership of International Standards Committee (IEEE P7009 Standard for Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/7009.html
 
Description Membership of International Standards Committee (P7001 Standard for Transparency of Autonomous Systems)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/7001.html
 
Description Membership of a guideline committee - Membership of International Standards Committee (P7001 Standard for Transparency of Autonomous Systems) (2017)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Standard is still information so no impacts yet
URL https://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/7001.html
 
Description Met with Cabinet Secretary and a variety of Civil Servants to inform and demonstrate about potential for Robotics
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Ministerial Round Table to Found UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Sector Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Continuing strategy development from 2014 RAS2020 Strategy. This contributed to foundation of the industrial strategy challenge fund, £450m of Govt spend on RAS R&D, and over £1billion of industry investment including £250m of VC investment in 2016-2018.
 
Description Robotics Sector Deal planning meetings at 10 Downing Street on 14th February 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Robotics Sector Deal planning meetings at BEIS on 9th January 2018 and 27th March 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Selection as AI Sector Council member
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description SoS Invited Lead RAS Sector Deal team. Updated RAS2020 strategy submitted for ministerial consideration August 2018
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Submitted a Draft Sector Deal for RAS to Secretary of State
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Voted on scientific commitee of the european workshop for structural health monitoring
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
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 Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Chair in Emerging Technologies
Amount £129,999 (GBP)
Funding ID CiET 1718/6 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 02/2028
 
Description EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Award
Amount £67,927 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description EU Marine Robots
Amount € 5,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2021
 
Description EUMarineRobots
Amount € 4,998,736 (EUR)
Funding ID 731103 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2021
 
Description Energy Technology Partnership (ETP)
Amount £9,991 (GBP)
Funding ID PJ0207-PSN 
Organisation Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2019
 
Description Heriot-Watt University Capital Award in Support of Early Career Researchers
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description Ingenious Award: Robosense: Sensing Your Environment with Robots
Amount £28,050 (GBP)
Funding ID ING1819\13\26 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description Mobile inspection units on and under the train
Amount £86,000 (GBP)
Organisation Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd 
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2022
 
Description Robotic Ecosystems for Future Infrastructures
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2023
 
Description Robotics and AI: inspect, maintain and repair in extreme environments
Amount £0 (GBP)
Funding ID 104821 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description Telling Tales of Engagement - Human Robot Interaction (HRI) for School Teachers Engage with Machines (STEM)
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 09/2019
 
Description Turing Sponsored Project: Safety-Critical Artificial Intelligence
Amount £255,475 (GBP)
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country Unknown
Start 10/2018 
End 10/2020
 
Title Development of a new multi-sensing robotic platform for monitoring offshore energy platforms 
Description the design and development of a low cost, low power, multi-sensing robotic platform for inspection and monitoring of offshore infrastructures. The robot, called Limpet, is equipped with several (9) exteroceptive sensing modalities, that can be used to monitor a wide range of environmental and physical parameters in on/offshore environments. The sensors incorporated on the Limpet are temperature, humidity, pressure, optical, distance, sound, magnetic, accelerometer and gyroscope. The Limpet uses Wi-Fi to communicate and send data to the PC. The Limpet has a diameter of 50 mm, and the total cost of electronic components used in its design is about £22. The Limpet is powered by a rechargeable 3.6V 160 mAh lithium-ion coin cell battery. The Limpet has a battery life @160 mAh of 0.87 to 1600 hours, depending on the activity level. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The Limpet will be encapsulated in a protective housing, making it more robust and enduring in harsh environment. Robust agents will have a longer lifetime, need less maintenance and require lower repair costs. There will be little human interaction when the entire Deployment-Maintenance-Recovery (DMR) system is going to be set, therefore the system could be considered semi-autonomous. The Limpet is designed explicitly for manufacturability; it consists of a single PCB, hence mass manufacture is a simple case of placing a batch order with a PCB foundry. Limpet's PCB consists of SMD-only components and can be autonomously populated with pick-and-place machines at the point of manufacture. Therefore, it is easy to mass-produce the Limpet system and deploy them in huge collectives for inspecting on/offshore infrastructures. The first milestone will be to deploy a Limpet on an infrastructure onshore (topside) to collect and transmit high-quality data. The DMR aspect will rely on deploying the Limpets with drones. 
 
Title submitted - European Marine Board Young Ambassador Programme 
Description advocating for European Marine Board and promoting the role and relevance of marine science and the ocean in general 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact As my scientific interests are unfolding at the interface of two branches of research, the European Marine Board Young Ambassador Programme would be a valuable source of networking within marine sciences. Proactive interaction with the marine scientific community and policy makers would outline the urgent use cases from a different perspective than robotics. The EMB Young Ambassador Programme would link the research conducted in the industrial framework of ORCA Hub, with marine research. 
URL http://www.marineboard.eu/emb-young-ambassador-programme
 
Title submitted: 2019 L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science 
Description I applied for the prestigious 2019 L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women In Science to have extra funding to conduct my research, this funding are very flexible and can be employed in improving lab facilities or purchase lab material. The 2019 L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowship could give to the ORCA Hub research more visibility. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Merging the robotic and oceanographic scientific branches requires further investigation in underwater communication, e.g. acoustic protocols to create a marine internet of things, creation of innovative materials, new sampling strategies, fresh data protocols and cutting edge analysis techniques. The fusion of such different areas lays in a unique space where interdisciplinarity rules. 
URL https://www.forwomeninscience.com/en/fellowships
 
Title Multi-Gait Path Planning 
Description Development of a multi-gait path planning approach to planning body trajectories over mixed terrain for legged robots. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact N/A 
 
Description A visiting fellowship at University of York, AAIP project 
Organisation University of York
Department York Environmental Sustainability Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Being surpported by David Flynn and Valentin Robu, I applied the one month visiting fellowship at the Assuring Autonomy International Programme, University of York. We proposed a sound reserach proposal which aligns the common research interests of AAIP and ORCA WP4.
Collaborator Contribution The team of Dr. Radu Calinescu at York AAIP is leading the research on probabilistic model checking which we believe is a good fit technical solution of robot self-certification.
Impact to be added.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with ABB 
Organisation ABB Group
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with BP 
Organisation BP (British Petroleum)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact BP have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Baker Hughes 
Organisation Baker Hughes
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Censis 
Organisation Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems CENSIS
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Chevron 
Organisation Chevron Corporation
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact Chevron have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with EDF Energy 
Organisation EDF Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact EDF Energy have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Guided Ultrasonics Ltd 
Organisation Guided Ultrasonics Ltd
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Hydrason 
Organisation Hydrason Solutions Limited
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with KUKA Robotics UK 
Organisation KUKA Robotics
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with L3 ASV 
Organisation American Society of Virology
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Lloyds Register Foundation 
Organisation Lloyd's Register Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with OGIC 
Organisation Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with OGTC 
Organisation Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with ORE Offshore Catapult 
Organisation ORE Catapult
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact ORE Catapult have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Permasense 
Organisation Permasense Ltd
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with ROVCO 
Organisation Rovco Ltd
PI Contribution Time spent discussing collaborative project possibilities around the 3D Underwater Vision.
Collaborator Contribution Time spent discussing collaborative project possibilities around the 3D Underwater Vision. They have also provided real-world underwater image data for our research equating to approximately £10,000 in value.
Impact They have provided real-world underwater image data for our research equating to approximately £10,000 in value.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Royal IHC 
Organisation Royal IHC
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact Royal IHC have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub events.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Schlumberger 
Organisation Schumberger
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Schunk 
Organisation SCHUNK GmbH & Co
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Scottish Enterprise 
Organisation Scottish Enterprise
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Seebyte 
Organisation SeeByte Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Sprint Robotics 
Organisation SPRINT Robotics Collaborative
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Subsea 7 
Organisation Subsea 7 S.A
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact Subsea 7 have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Subsea UK 
Organisation Subsea UK
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
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 Public 
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 Collaboration with Tenaris 
Organisation Tenaris SA
Country Luxembourg 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Tharsus 
Organisation Tharsus Groups
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with The Underwater Centre 
Organisation The Underwater Centre
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact The Underwater Centre subsidised use of their facilities for the first ORCA Hub Capability Demonstrations in July 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Total 
Organisation Total E & P
Country Unknown 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact Total have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with USMART EPSRC project 
Organisation Newcastle University
Department School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution USMART is an EPSRC project funded under the Sensing in Extreme Environment call and is developing low cost large scale acoustic sensor networks. We are partners in USMART and have proposed to collaborate on ORCA for the development of complex sensing packages that will complement USMART research and make it applicable to ORCA and other applications of interest to USMART.
Collaborator Contribution The partner is providing USMART low cost acoustic modems in kind to help us integrate our technology.
Impact This is too early to report outputs but we expect joint publications in the next year or so.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Wood 
Organisation Wood Group
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Impact Wood have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Heriot-Watt University Collaboration with University of Girona (still active) 
Organisation University of Girona
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have developed an admittance based controller enabling the control of the force applied to underwater structures during subsea manipulation. The system developed was tested in simulation and on real platforms using a 6DOF manipulator arm mounted on a cartesian robot to simulate the movement of a subsea vehicle. We are now planning to perform final tests on a real susbea vehicle with the University of Girona. This work was a collaboration with the University of Girona.
Collaborator Contribution The University of Girona is a long term partner and has provided expertise in Control and access to their facilities in Girona (Water tank+subsea vehicle).
Impact Several EU projects are in preparation.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Imperial College London 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Academic Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 
Organisation Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and training collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Research and training collaboration
Impact Nil.
Start Year 2018
 
Description State Key Laboratory in Robotics, Shenyang Institute of Automation, China 
Organisation Chinese Academy of Sciences
Country China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research and training collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Research and training collaboration.
Impact A collaboration Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the Institute in March 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Edinburgh 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Informatics Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic collaborator
Collaborator Contribution Capital commitment of £5m to new space in the £40m Bayes Centre
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Liverpool 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of New South Wales, Sydney 
Organisation University of New South Wales
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and training collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Research and training collaboration
Impact Nil.
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Academic collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research and training collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Research and training collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
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
 
Description 19th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management 
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 Talk presented at the 19th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management about the employ of the LImpet in environmental monitoring
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.efdelegates.ed.ac.uk/Registration/EventNotOpen.aspx?e=D6FE87EBC02A287917B5726FF45F52CD
 
Description A talk of probabilistic model checking or robots deployed in extrem environments at AAAI2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Present the conference paper at AAAI2019 robotics session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ABB Industry Conference Call - 26th November 2018, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the ORCA Hub to a group of ABB R&D employees based globally to see if there were areas of our research they had a particular interest in.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ANYbotics Industry Conference Call - 22nd October 2018, Edinburgh 
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 A conference call to give an overview of the ORCA Hub and assess the value of ANYbotics becoming a partner.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Accepted Workshop: Aquatic Soft Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The extraordinary and vastly unexplored capabilities of soft robots are attracting researchers from deeply heterogeneous branches. Marine soft robots place themselves in a niche hot topic with huge potential and vast applications. The workshop will focus on two fundamental yet not codified aspects of marine soft robotics: fabrication and application. On the fabrication side, sub-sea robots face the common challenges of terrestrial soft robots, e.g. minimising the number of controls for infinite degrees of freedom, unconventional manufacturing, and nontraditional materials. Marine robots also have to face the unfamiliar underwater environment. More over in salt water the materials currently used in the fabrication of soft robots degrade at a different rate when compared to the terrestrial environment. Sub-sea robots also experience fast bio-fouling, which does not constitute a problem on land, given the same time scale. Useful applications in the underwater sphere have the potential to revolutionise ocean sciences and marine engineering. The discussion will swing between current fabrication techniques and applications. The workshop aims to provide a definition of a common ground between marine and robotic sciences, define shared challenges and open a dialogue to define future direction of the fascinating marine soft robots research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.aquaticsoftrobots.com
 
Description Adapting to the Digital Future: the Subsea Industry in 20 Years conference - 1st November 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attendance and invited speaker slot at this oil and gas industry conference on the future of the subsea industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College - Press conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Visit of journalists and interviews in the days before the opening of the Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London. Media include the times and Bloomberg
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/182375/uk-world-leader-drone-tech-says/
 
Description All-hands meeting in Edinburgh, 04/12/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact All-hands meeting in Edinburgh, 04/12/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Article published in The Conversation by Mauro Dragone 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mauro Dragone had an article published in The Conversation - an online independent source of news and views from the academic and research communities - on 12th December 2018. The article is entitled 'The next great leap forward? Combining robots with the Internet of Things' and looks at the use of robots in the home and in the offshore industry via the ORCA Hub project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://theconversation.com/the-next-great-leap-forward-combining-robots-with-the-internet-of-things...
 
Description Attendance at Prime Minister's reception at Downing Street as part of London Tech Week attended by tech founders, entrepreneurs and investors 
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 Attendance at Prime Minister's reception at Downing Street as part of London Tech Week attended by tech founders, entrepreneurs and investors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended Docker Workshop 
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 Attended a workshop on a beginner level use of Docker which will be very useful for reproducibility of scientific results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Attended Oxford Space Industry Day 
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 Attended Oxford Space Industry Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended the commercial uav show 
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 Attended the commercial uav show and talked to various companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBC Click Feature 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Kovac conducted an interview with the BBC for their 'Click' technology feature, with Rob Siddall providing background assistance. The topic of the segment was pollution monitoring, and the interview also featured footage of robot prototypes from the project being tested.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08hz447/click-air-quality
 
Description BBC Click event with demo of SpiderDrone 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Aerial Robotics lab was invited to perform a talk and demo of SpiderDrone at BBC Click event on November 28, 2017, with online streaming and general public attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC Radio Oxford Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A BBC radio Oxford interview on the new Robotics and AI research hub, Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA). Increased enquiries to learning more about and engaging with ORCA post interview.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBC World News 
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 Interview of Mirko Kovac for BBC World News as Robotics expert with audience of ca. 400 million people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38505626
 
Description BBC World Service - Special edition BBC Click on Drones 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Special edition of BBC click with interview to Dr Mirko Kovac
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030vxy4
 
Description BMVA Symposium on Reinforcement Learning in Computer Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk at BMVA Symposium, attended by researchers from throughout UK (academia and industry)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bmva-symposium-on-reinforcement-learning-in-computer-vision-registrat...
 
Description BMVA Symposium on Reinforcement Learning in Computer Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk at BMVA Symposium, demonstrating our results in this area and attracting academic and industrial interests in our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bmva-symposium-on-reinforcement-learning-in-computer-vision-registrat...
 
Description BP Industry Meeting - 23rd August 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting to provide an update on ORCA activities and discuss methods of future regular engagement together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Beijing Round Table with Major Chinese Companies 
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 Round table developing Chinese links with major corporations to promote British prosperity and technology in RAS, the National ROBOTARIUM and seek sponsorship an inward investment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Blog Post on the website stokesresearchgroup.com 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Blog post http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/03/12/orca-wp4-workshop/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/03/12/orca-wp4-workshop/
 
Description Blog post in the website stokesresearchgroup.com 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/05/10/limpet-travelling/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/05/10/limpet-travelling/
 
Description Blog post on the Stokes research Group Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog post about the Aquatic Soft Robots Workshop to be hels, as part as RoboSoft 2019, in Seoul, Korea
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2019/02/19/aquatic-soft-robots/
 
Description Blog post on the website stokesresearchgroup.com 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog post http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/04/13/all-hands/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/04/13/all-hands/
 
Description Blog post on the website stokesresearchgroup.com 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/09/12/managing-water-resources/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://stokesresearchgroup.com/2018/09/12/managing-water-resources/
 
Description Blue Growth & Future Tech Event - 11th October 2018, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended a Blue Growth & Future Tech event about the future of technology in the Blue Economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CENSIS Industry Meeting - 6th February 2019, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss options to progress the development of the Limpet sensor being worked on in Work Package 1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chevron Industry Meeting - 22nd August 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting to provide an update on ORCA activities and talk about future opportunities to engage with each other more regularly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Children Christmas Lecture at Imperial College 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac was invited to be the speaker at the annual Children's Christmas Lecture at Imperial College. The event is one of the College's annual prestigious lectures, the aim of which is to demonstrate to children that science can be fun as well as interesting and hopefully they will go on to consider studying science at GCSE, A Level and beyond. The age range of the audience is 11-16, involving schools in London and children of Imperial staff and alumnus who attend as well as members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/eventssummary/event_9-11-2016-10-57-45
 
Description Children Christmas Lecture at Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac was invited speaker to the IET and University of Surrey 2017 Children's Christmas Lecture. The event is organised for schools, with target audience of children between 13 - 18 year olds who are interested in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iet-christmas-lecture-2017-surrey-tickets-39319167689#
 
Description Common Software Standards Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 14 members of academia attended the first meeting of the Common Software Standards group.
A list of points raised before the meeting was created and then discuss throughout the meeting. The meeting began with clarifying the aims of the group, how each work package can contribute, how each University group can contribute and what other actions the group could take to progress the work done in ORCA and any public engagement activities that could be undertaken.
This will be a monthly meeting with an expanding group of academics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference attendance and paper presentation at TAROS'18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Martim Brandao (PDRA, OXF) attended the TAROS'18 conference in Bristol (25-27/07/2018) where he presented a paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.brl.ac.uk/taros2018.aspx
 
Description Cyberhawk Industry Meeting - 1st March 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to see if Cyberhawk were interested in working with us to develop MIRIAM under Work Package 3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DNV GL Industry Meeting - 24th April 2018, Aberdeen 
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 DNV GL are keen to get involved in the ORCA Hub. They are progressing their digital strategy and would like to do it alongside ORCA Hub where possible.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description DNV GL Industry Meeting - 28th January 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss DNV GL's areas of interest in ORCA research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DOF Subsea Industry Conference Call - 21st February 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Following Subsea Expo, we had a conference call to discuss a specific Use Case DOF Subsea have for inspecting subsea pipelines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description December All Hands Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The All hands meeting brings together all the researchers involved in the project and gives to each group the chance to share the state of the art of their research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demonstration of ANYmal quadruped robot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We performed live demonstrations of the ANYmal robot at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a 4 day public event with an estimate of 50,000 attendees. We showed the legged robot navigating an obstacle course with steps, ramps, and rough terrain. This sparked many questions and discussions with the public, including the media, children, and industry representatives, and increased general interest in our research and possibilities for future engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.goodwood.com/flagship-events/festival-of-speed/
 
Description Department for International Trade (DIT) Meeting - 3rd August 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Met with Andrew Cockburn, Department for International Trade (DIT), to discuss the ORCA Hub and future activities in robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Docker Workshop: An Introduction to Docker and Practical Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was the first of four workshops to be run as part of the Common Software Standards group
Docker 1 was a workshop designed to show both partners in ORCA and other interested parties how Docker can be used and how it can be embedded in their work and future projects.
It was designed to be accessible via Skype and the files created can be reused.
The was a keen interest to have further hands-on workshops like this one.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Drones, data science and student design: Department for Education tours Imperial with Provost Ian Walmsley and Anne Milton 11/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Director Dr Mirko Kovac gave a presentation on the work of the Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial's Department of Aeronautics. PhD students then put talk into action, giving a demonstration of how the drones might be used to repair pipes in extreme environments, such as on oil rigs. Dr Kovac spoke of how students and researchers learned from each other and told the guests how undergraduate students had contributed towards cutting-edge new drone designs.

Participants: Dr Mirko Kovac, Chang Liu
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/188576/drones-data-science-student-design-department/
 
Description Dstl Autonomy S and T Collaboration Event 
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 Over 100 people from industry and academia attended the MoD Dstl Autonomy S&T Collaboration Event in Basingstoke in November 2017. Prof. Hastie gave a talk and a demonstration system of an initial ORCA prototype. .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EDF Energy, ORE Catapult & Texo DSI Industry Meeting - 22nd May 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Group meeting to discuss opportunities to work together. A number of areas will be explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EDF Industry Conference Call - 5th December 2018, Edinburgh 
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 A conference call to discuss collaboratively developing WP1's autonomous pipeline repair but for wind turbine blades.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description EDF Industry Conference Call - 8th March 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference call to discuss the future relationship between ORCA and EDF and what Use Cases EDF would like to see worked on.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Industry Meeting - 22nd February 2019, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss a potential Use Case for wind turbine blade repair using autonomous UAVs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ENGenious Oil & Gas Robotics Conference - 4th September to 6th September, Aberdeen 
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 Attended the ENGenious Oil & Gas Robotics Conference and participating on the Scottish Enterprise stand representing ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.engeniousglobal.com/
 
Description Equinor Innovation Day Event - 31st January 2019, Blyth 
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 Equinor held an innovation day to let those working in the offshore renewable industry know about their current challenges, and to find what solutions are available or coming to market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description European Robotics Forum: talk at Workshop on Aerial Robotics Inspection: from prototypes to Industrial Applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation of the project activities during the Workshop on Aerial Robotics Inspection: from prototypes to Industrial Applications at the 2017 European Robotics Forum. Discussion and networking followed the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.erf2017.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ERF2017-Schedule-v1.1.pdf
 
Description Exhibition at Science Museum - London 
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 AquaMAV has been featured for a Topic Zone at London Science Museum from February 2017. Topic Zones are single-object displays that highlight a new technology and are displayed for four months, reaching an audience of about 100,000. Technology displayed must be both interesting and ground-breaking. Content is presented via digital interactive displays and visitors are invited to comment on the objects - with internal moderation. The aim is to encourage visitors to discuss cutting-edge science and technology.
Two prototypes of AquaMAV are currently exposed in the Science Museum, one prototype is attached to the roof showing the flying modality and the other is in a tank showing the underwater modality. The robots will be exposed for 4 months during the event on Robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://antenna.sciencemuseum.org.uk/topiczone/articles/can-flying-diving-robots-help-keep-our-ocean...
 
Description Expro Industry Meeting - 6th June 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Met with Expro to discuss their involvement in the ORCA Hub. Follow up meeting planned to explore a possible collaborative opportunity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description External stakeholder meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A meeting to engage with key external stakeholders, namely Shell and the National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI), with the research of ORCA. Collaboration in terms of direct technical involvement and broader engagement of the industrial community was discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description F Giorgio-Serchi invited talk at Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Francesco was invited to give a talk in Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates where he presented his work on station-keeping of underwater vehicles in rough weather.The title of the presentation was "Enabling Underwater Vehicles to operate in extreme weather conditions: control approach vs design approach" and it took place in Abu Dhabi on 13th November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FaceBook Live Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ioannis did a FaceBook live interview whilst at the ORCA Demo at Fire Service College - 12k views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/the.university.of.oxford/videos/720853174916414/
 
Description Fort William Trials: MIRIAM was demonstrated at Fort William Underwater Centre 
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 MIRIAM was demonstrated with real vehicles operating from shore and was demonstrated to key ORCA industry stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Franco-Scottish Seminar on Robotics 
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 Prof. Hastie Franco-Scottish Seminar on Robotics at the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) where she talked about 'Techniques and interfaces for trustworthy robotics'. This sparked interesting discussion and requests for further information and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.rse.org.uk/event/franco-scottish-seminar-robotics/
 
Description HRI Workshop presentation on Explainable Robotics 
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 Presented to talks at Workshop on Explainable Robotic Systems. HRI Conference, Chicago, USA on ORCA and methods for explainable robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://explainableroboticsystems.wordpress.com
 
Description Hosted Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Sharjah Students delegation visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact the Sharjah for Capability Development institute with regards to their 'Knowledge Bridges ???????????' programme whereby a group of 15 of the brightest university student delegates will be visiting the United Kingdom from 13-15 August 2018 under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qassimi.

The 'Knowledge Bridges' programme focuses on providing brilliant students a platform to excel in innovation and youth development with the aim of creating future leaders in the United Arab Emirates. One of the other key objectives of this program is to build an understanding of other enterprises and institutions globally.

Participants: Chang Liu
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted ORI Industry Members at ORI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30/11/18 - Part of team hosting ORI Members' Day with BP, JLR, Nominet, Nav Tech, Bossa Nova, Honda Research Europe, and ASV
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted Seminar with Prof Dominic Belter 
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 Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted seminar "New Localization, Mapping and 3D reconstruction methods with RGB-D Sensing for Mobile Manipulating Robots" and meeting with Prof. Dominic Belter from Uni. Poznan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted The Construction Industry Council (CIC) of Hong Kong, UK Study Tour - 02/11/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Construction Industry Council (CIC) of Hong Kong http://www.cic.hk/eng/index.html established the CITAC in Nov 2017 to explore and identify innovative technologies and ideas for implementation in the construction industry with the aim to improve its productivity and safety performance. CITAC is governed by a Management Board, which composes industry stakeholders including Executive Director of CIC, HKSAR government official, senior management from construction company and engineering consulting company. From time to time, CITAC arrangesoversea duty visits to understand international industry trends, policies, latest advances and successful case studies.

They are arranging a duty visit to UK from 29 Oct to 2 Nov 2018 in order to leverage on synergies, expertise and possible collaboration with UK organizations and companies. They have requested an opportunity to visit Imperial College Data Science Innovation Lab and Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, and exchange ideas with experts.

Participants: Dr Mirko Kovac, Dr Chang Liu
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cic.hk/eng/index.html
 
Description Hosted seminar - Prof. Dominic Belter from Uni. Poznan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ORCA Hosted seminar "New Localization, Mapping and 3D reconstruction methods with RGB-D Sensing for Mobile Manipulating Robots" and meeting with Prof. Dominic Belter from Uni. Poznan 19/11/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted visit from Austrian Trade Commission alongside UK industrial representatives - 15/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact There was also a request from some of the UK representatives who will be taking part in the morning event at the Austrian Embassy to attend.
Participants: Mirko Kovac, Chang Liu
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted visit from Cabinet Secretary for the Economy 
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 Hosted visit from Cabinet Secretary for the Economy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted visit of Minister for Higher Education at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education to Edinburgh Centre for Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Minister for Higher Education at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education, Sam Gyimah, visited the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics in August 2018 where he met with Scottish Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP to discuss the economic opportunities for the UK and Scotland in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He was hosted by David Lane and Sethu Vijayakumar and given a tour of the facilities and shown various robotics demonstrations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://orcahub.org/index.php/2018/08/10/science-minister-visits-edinburgh-centre-for-robotics/
 
Description Hosted visit of the Scottish First Minister and Prime Minister for signing of the Edinburgh City Deal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact David Lane and Sethu Vijayakumar were involved in the visit by the Prime Minister and Scottish First Minister to the University of Edinburgh to sign the Edinburgh Regional City Deal which committed £28 million towards the development of the National Robotarium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-confirms-edinburgh-and-south-east-scotland-city-deal
 
Description Hosted visitor at Oxford Robotics Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ORCA Hosted Dr. Mathieu Geisert from the Gepetto team of LAAS-CNRS for invited talk: "Loco3D: building a full pipeline to automatically generate multicontact locomotion." 01/06/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description How safe are self-driving cars? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I was interviewed during the preparation of the news article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2566001/how-safe-are-self-driving-cars/
 
Description Hydromea Industry Conference Call - 19th February 2019, Edinburgh 
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 Conference call to inform each other about our respective organisations and see if there is potential to work together. Possible opportunities under Work Package 1 and 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here! Live web-chat with schools around the country. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here! the event is a two-week long event where I answer questions both in a live web chat and questions left separately on what it's like being an engineer, how did I get here and what is the job I do.
Each chat normally has about 30 pupils asking questions and there is normally one to two chats per day for 30min to an hour each.
There are other engineers in the chat (normally another 1 or 2) and this has already lead to further discussions offline about potential collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://milligramm19.imanengineer.org.uk/
 
Description ICRA 2018 workshop attended: Workshop: Third Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop 
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 ORCA ICRA 2018 workshop attended: "Workshop: Third Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion Workshop" 25/05/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ICRA Workshop attended - Workshop: Dynamic Legged Locomotion in Realistic Terrains: Algorithmic and Physical Performance Advancements and Challenges 
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 ORCA ICRA 2018 workshop attended: "Workshop: Dynamic Legged Locomotion in Realistic Terrains: Algorithmic and Physical Performance Advancements and Challenges" 25/05/2018 - Brisbane - International Conference Robotics and Automation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 IEEE Spectrum featuring SpiderMAV robot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact IEEE Spectrum featured SpiderMAV robot following the presented paper at IROS 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/drones/spidermav-drone-shoots-webs-for-perching-and-sta...
 
Description ISCF Robotics & AI (RAI) Cohort Event 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The ISCF Robotics & AI (RAI) Cohort Event 2019 event purpose was to showcase some of the work conducted as part of the RAI in Extreme Environments cohort funding for the ORCA project.
There was considerable interest in the Limpet work and ORCA work as a whole from this event and the second half of the event for setting idea for future funding and issues that need solved really created a buzz in the room and further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ISCF Robotics and AI (RAI) Networking Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following £70.4M investment through the ISCF RAI Programme, this invite only event united all programme grant recipients to showcase their funded projects, to gain an understanding of current and future plans and to network with the ISCF RAI community to encourage collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iscf-robotics-ai-rai-networking-event-registration-41012929777?utm_so...
 
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 Independent Steering Committee (ISC) Meeting - 3rd October, Edinburgh 
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 First ORCA Independent Steering Committee (ISC) meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Industrial demo at the Fire Service college, 27-29/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industrial demo at the Fire Service college, 27-29/10/2018
Oxford Robotics Institute is part of two Research Hubs which focus on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) that can be deployed in extreme environments. The hubs, both funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, are ORCA, targeting applications for the offshore oil and gas industry, and RAIN, targeting applications in the nuclear industry.

Central to these hubs is the translation of research results into industry-led use cases, and, more generally, the transfer of advanced robotics and AI knowledge into UK industry. As part of this agenda, on 29th October 2018 ORI helped lead a demonstration day for the ORCA Hub at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire. The site hosts a number of test sites, usually used to train fire fighters, but for this event it was taken over by robots to see if our technology was able to perform a range of tasks far away from controlled lab conditions. As appropriate for research targeting offshore oil and gas, our demonstrations took place on an oil rig mockup, complete with fire damaged living compartments, a variety of storage vessels, and treacherous surfaces. The event was attended by representatives from the oil and gas industries and EPSRC.

The ORI demonstrations focused on showcasing our ORCA- and RAIN-funded research around autonomous systems for industrial inspection and monitoring. For this we are developing technology to provide robust autonomous navigation and localisation across a variety of extreme environments, and also perceptual capabilities for long-term structural monitoring and change detection.

In the first demonstration Ioannis Havoutis showcased DRS's research on legged mobility for inspection. This was done using the ANYmal quadruped robot and DRS's home-developed remote operation software stack, that allows the operator to supervise the progress of the mission and plan the robot's next actions. The robot started at a distance to the oil rig and demonstrated its ability to localise its position relative to a prior 3D model of the environment using LIDAR. After this, ANYmal was asked to reach a target area within the oil rig. First, it navigated through the main corridor and over patches of uneven tarmac. Then, the robot needed to overcome a 25cm separating barrier. We took advantage of ANYmal's very large range of motion to invert its leg configuration and to traverse the barrier. The quadruped then navigated to an industrial staircase, using a speedy trotting gait and climbed the steps up using a walking gait called FreeGait. Once it reached the landing it entered the facility and explored the connected rooms.

Following this Nick Hawes presented results from across the ORI on long-term inspection from ground vehicles. The first inspection demonstration showcased teach-and-repeat navigation and 3D reconstruction from a Clearpath Husky platform. The robot was first "taught" a path through the environment (in this case the first floor of the oil rig) and was then shown to be able to accurately "repeat" this path autonomously. On each repetition the robot stopped by a collection of objects to perform a lidar and RGB scan. Between scans these objects were altered, and change detection was used to automatically highlight the differences in appearance.

The second inspection demonstration presented research specific to the RAIN Hub on radiation-aware mission planning. This demonstration had a Clearpath Jackal autonomously navigating around the ground floor of the oil rig, visiting a collection of user-defined inspection targets whilst trying to minimise exposure to a collection of (simulated) radioactive sources. We demonstrated how multi-objective probabilistic model checking could be used to bound the robot's radiation exposure whilst also maximising the number of inspection targets it visited.

The event also featured demonstrations of cutting edge robotics and AI from Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Imperial and Liverpool. Each group rose to the challenge of presenting their work in unfamiliar conditions, and early feedback from industrial partners has been extremely positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ori.ox.ac.uk/orca-demo-october-2018/
 
Description Industry Day. Oct 10 
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 Industry Day. (Represented by Simona Nobili) Oct 10
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Industry Leadership Opportunities Panel (ILOP) Industry Meeting - 25th September 2018, Edinburgh 
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 The first Industry Leadership Opportunities Panel (ILOP) meeting was held with our selected industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Industry day - lead by Dr Simona Nobili - Researcher of Dr Fallon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry day - lead by Dr Simona Nobili - Researcher of Dr Fallon
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Industry workshop related to PhD funding in the ORCA-related fields 
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 Industry from Construction, Defence, Energy, Manufacturing got together to discuss future challenges with respect to ISCF to which PhD funding could be applied for through the CDT-RAS call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Inivitation to talk at the Annual Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Lecture at the University of Dubai 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor David Lane was inivited to give an hour-long talk as part of the Annual Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Lecture at the University of Dubai. He discussed some of the exciting advances underway in research and innovation globally at the University, as well as recent successes in commercialisation and international challenge competitions. No known impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/news/distinguished-lecture-welcomes-ai-and.htm
 
Description Institute of Asset Management Presentation - 5th June 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented at the Institute of Asset Management in Aberdeen as a guest speaker for those in Aberdeen thinking about joining the Institute of Asset Managers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Business Festival Exhibitor - 20th to 21st June 2018, Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibited at the International Business Festival in Liverpool alongside the other RAS Network hubs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.internationalbusinessfestival.com/
 
Description Interview for National Newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview with the Sunday Times to highlight the role of robotics in protecting subsea infrastructure: Artificial "dolphins" developed by Scottish scientists are to be trialled in UK waters to protect the country's communications and power supply from sabotage and stormy seas. This article raised the profile of the ORCA project and supported out-reach with industry and the general public reflected through enquires for more information and engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/fit-for-porpoise-scots-boffins-trial-robot-dolphins-to-c...
 
Description Invited presentation in PwC's royal society school of mines 14/07/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited presentation in PwC's royal society school of mines.
Participants: Mirko Kovac, Chang Liu
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited speaker at IROS 2018 (Madrid) to a workshop entitled "Autonomous Underwater Intervention Missions: The Role of Robotic Perception & Manipulation" 
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 workshop will gather the key players in subsea manipulation worldwide and present and discuss the current developments and future needs in this area. I expect industry to be present to discuss its needs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk at Behang University, Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac has been invited to give a talk at Behang University, Beijing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk at Edinburgh Napier University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Hastie gave an invited lunch time seminar at Edinburgh Napier where she talked about 'Techniques and interfaces for trustworthy robotics'. This sparked interesting discussion and requests for further information and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/hfhastie/status/966397707362369536
 
Description Invited talk at IMechE seminar on 'Robotics for Hazardous Environments'. Representing entire ORCA project. Nov 20 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk at IMechE seminar on 'Robotics for Hazardous Environments'. Representing entire ORCA project. Nov 20
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk at Khalifa University (2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac has been invited to give a talk at Khalifa University during the MBZIRC competition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk at SICSA AI Theme workshop: ReaLX'18: Reasoning, Learning & Explainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Round 50 academics attended the SICSA AI Theme workshop: ReaLX'18: Reasoning, Learning & Explainability. ORCA MIRIAM technology was discussed. This contributed to Helen being elected as SICSA theme lead for AI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/events/sicsa-ai-theme-workshop-realx18-reasoning-learning-explainability-in-a...
 
Description Invited talk at Verification of Autonomous Systems Working Group, Washigton DC, USA [Nov 2018] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at Verification of Autonomous Systems Working Group, Washigton DC, USA [Nov 2018]
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.robotistry.org/vaswg/nist2018/nist2018.html
 
Description Involvement in 2 day workshop with The Royal Society of Edinburgh and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 
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 Involvement in 2 day workshop on Robotics and AI with The Royal Society of Edinburgh and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), hosting 10 top chinese roboticists in Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Involvement in UKRAS Network Robotics Week 
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 Participant in challenges, reviews and Liverpool outreach event as part of UKRAS Network Robotics Week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Involvement in the hosting of the ISCF Wave 3 challenge workshops in London 
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 Involvement in the hosting of the ISCF Wave 3 challenge workshops in London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description James Fisher Group Industry Conference Call - 1st March 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference call to inform each other about our respective organisations and see if there is an opportunity work together. Follow up virtual presentation agreed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description James Fisher Group Industry Conference Call - 8th March 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Virtual presentation following the initial discussion about what areas the James Fisher Group could work with us on. Presented ORCA Hub and our areas of research. They are going to choose 3-5 opportunities to propose to us.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Janus Workshop 
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 JANUS is a simple, robust signaling method for underwater communications. It has been developed at the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)(external link) with the collaboration of academia, industry and government with the intention that it should be freely distributed and available to all.
The workshop dealt with: JANUS applications and use cases, JANUS testing and performance evaluation, moving JANUS forward, the next revision of the standard
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cmre.nato.int/janus-2018-workshop-topics-menu
 
Description Keynote Lecture at International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles 
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 Mirko Kovac has been invited to give a Keynote Lecture at the 2017 International Conference of Micro Aerial Vehicles (http://www.imav2017.org)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imav2017.org
 
Description Keynote Presentation at the 2018 Prognostics and System Health Management Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A keynote presentation at an international conference on the : Self-Certification of Robotics - The Route to Persistent Autonomy. The intent of this is to support the increasing links the UK has in Robotics with the global academic and industrial base.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.phm2018.org/keynote_speakers.html
 
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 L3 ASV Industry Meeting - 6th February 2019, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss options for L3 ASV's involvement in the ORCA Hub. No immediate opportunities were found.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lecture at Royal Aeronautic Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited keynote Lecture by Mirko Kovac at the Royal Aeronautical Society. Event "Realising Market Opportunities for Drones". Title of the talk: "A vision for drones". October 18, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lego Rovers at Aintree Davenhill 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Four robot programming workshops delivered to primary school children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Green Park School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Five robot programming workshops delivered to primary school children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Haydock High School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A Lego Robot programming activity run for an after school club.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Holy Rosary Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two Lego Rovers workshops delivered to Year 5 children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Hudson Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to three classes of Primary School children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at LIPA Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to two classes of Primary School children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Lydiate Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Three Lego Rovers workshops delivered to primary children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Melland High School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lego Rover workshop delivered to a mixed group of SEN children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Melling Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Four workshops run for primary children in Key Stage 2. Sparking questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Speke Hall 
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 9 lego robot programming workshops were run for families over three days. This was to tie in with the National Trusts Women and Power theme, and Speke Hall's Vigorous Victorians theme which featured Ada Lovelace. The workshops were well received with most families reporting that it got them to discuss issues around robots and artificial intelligence with their family and friends.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Andrew's 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two Lego Rover workshops delivered to year 3 classes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Anne's Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Three Lego Robot programming workshops run at a primary school
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. George's Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A programming workshop using Lego Robots was delivered to four classes in Key Stage 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Gregory's 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two workshops run for primary children in Key Stage 2. Sparking questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. John Bosco 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two workshops run for primary children in Key Stage 2. Sparking questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Oswald's 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two Lego programming workshops delivered to a primary school audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Paul's Catholic Junior School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two visits to St. Paul's Catholic Junior School delivering Lego Rover workshops to Y3 and Y5.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Thomas' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A Lego Robot Programming workshop was delivered to 4 classes of primary children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Summerhill Primary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Four robot programming workshops delivered to primary school children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at the AISB Convention 
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 Lego Rovers workshop for families run as part of the AISB Convention
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Limpet Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Stokes Research Group (Adam Stokes, Alistair McConnell, Mohammed El Sayed and Simona Aracri) ran a full day workshop on the Limpet Robot.
The workshop was structured to show the scientific outputs generated by the work on the Limpet, demonstrate is compatibility and utilisation of the LoRaWAN network and engage the audience with how the envisage using the Limpet in their research.
Also included in the workshop was a focus session on data management, how to ensure data coming from each of the groups can be stored, read and analysed. This allowed us to make the future versions of the Limpet compatible with the other groups both internally and externally and to ensure that experiments are repeatable.
The result of this workshop were requests for future demos, potential collaborations with external groups, a specification for an upcoming underwater demonstration, a template for future workshops within the project and a desire for an industry focused workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Limpet Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Limpet workshop took place in Edinburgh and was open to all the academics participating in the ORCA hub project. The main aim of the workshop was to share our research and to encourage collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/limpet-workshop-tickets-50113587088
 
Description Live interview on Aljazeera TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Live interview of Dr Mirko Kovac on Aljazeera TV as Aerial Robotics expert for the world news.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://twitter.com/aerialrobotics/status/787007134978437120
 
Description Lloyd's Register Industry Meeting - 10th October 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss Lloyd's Register's current take on certification for autonomous systems. This is related to ORCA Hub WP4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lloyd's Register Industry Meeting - 13th February 2019, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss Lloyd's Register's use of the Limpet sensor under Work Package 1. This particular discussion ended up focusing on interest outside of ORCA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lloyd's Register Industry Presentation - 24th August 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the ORCA Hub to the greater Lloyd's Register team around the UK and abroad to ensure they are aware of what we are doing and how for their future involvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Maersk Training Industry Meeting - 21st August 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting to discuss engaging with Maersk's training sessions to monitor cognitive load and decision making capabilities during stressful training simulations for Work Package 3. Mike Chantler also presented Topic Mapping and Well Sorted.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting for Royal Society Summer of Science 2019 Exhibition in London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Royal Society Summer of Science 2019 Exhibition in London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/summer-science-exhibition/
 
Description Meeting of the Flag-Era RoboCom++ project in view of the EU Robotics Flagship 
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 Meeting with the partners of the Flag-Era RoboCom++ (http://robocomplusplus.eu). Imperial College London, with the Aerial Robotics Lab, is in-kind partner of the project and involved in the preparation of the future global interdisciplinary research programme on science-based transformative robotics, to be launched by the end of the H2020 Programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://robocomplusplus.eu
 
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 Meeting with Liverpool City Region Transport Policy unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Liverpool City Region Transport Policy unit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Liverpool City Region Transport Policy unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Liverpool City Region Transport Policy unit 9th November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Galsgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Galsgow
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with SETS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Team of 3 from ORCA hub had a meeting with Projects Director of SETS on finding out use-cases for Limpet in Oil & Gas industries. This meeting resulted in a couple of good applications where the Limpet sensing platform can be used.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with TDSI at Hartree Centre, Daresbury 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with TDSI discussing future collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with TDSI to discuss simulation requirements 
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 A meeting was held between representatives of the University of Liverpool (UoL) ORCA team, Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and Texo Drone Survey and Inspection Ltd. (TDSI). The aims of the meeting were:
• To provide TDSI with an overview of the UoL VEC capabilities in terms of virtual engineering technology integration including hardware-in the-loop simulations;
• To understand the current issues faced by offshore asset inspection operators when seeking regulatory approvals and where the limits for these currently lie and
• To inform ORCA WP4 demonstrations; how could these be usefully/practically used to illustrate how virtual engineering/simulation technologies might be deployed to extend current operational capability?
TDSI were very impressed with the facilities and follow-up meetings indicate that the are interested in taking mission rehearsal and training best practice from the aerospace industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with UK CAA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Briefing to UK CAA UAS Lead on the project and discussion about how the project outcomes could assist CAA and UK Plc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Wandercraft (partner in MEMMO). Oct 5 
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 Meeting with Wandercraft (partner in MEMMO). Oct 5
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meetings with UK Trade and Investment in San Diego and Houston, USA, on US teaming opportunities 
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 Meetings with UK Trade and Investment in San Diego and Houston, USA, on US teaming opportunities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MoD Demonstration Event 
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 Over 100 people from industry and academia attended the MoD Stakeholder Demonstration Event with the theme of "Revolutionise the human information relationship for Defence", 22nd November, London, 2017. Prof. Hastie gave a talk and a demonstration system of an initial ORCA prototype.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Monadelphous Industry Conference Call - 20th September 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Skype conference call with Monadelphous in Australia to present the ORCA Hub and assess whether it is a project they would like to join.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description National Decommissioning Centre Opening Event - 11th January 2019, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended the opening of the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) in Aberdeen. We had a small stand to demonstrate some of the work within ORCA to other attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description New Scientist Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview with New Scientist - outreach public engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description OCRA industrial trails and Summer school Underwater Marine Environment Perception 
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 The trail was performed at Underwater Center in Fort William. We successfully deployed Underwater Acoustic Sensor Network in which we performed sensor node localization and collecting different parameters, such as temperature, pressure, etc. The trail also involved training 20 students from STRONG MAR summer school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description OGTC Industry Meeting - 6th September 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss the agenda for the upcoming ILOP meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description OGTC Robotics Week 
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 OGTC Robotics Week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theogtc.com/RoboticsWeek
 
Description ORCA Board Meeting - 24 Oct 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ORCA Board Meeting - 24 Oct
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Field Trials 
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 Live field demo of quadruped robot negotiating uneven and hazardous in an oil-rig mock up at the Fire Service College, Moreton-on-Marsh. This demonstration has led to further industry interest and engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Hub Industry Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation and live demo of the quadruped robot negotiating uneven terrain. This activity lead to further industrial interest, discussion and engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Hub October Demo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ORCA Hub demo took place in Fire Service College (Gloucester), to demonstrate the state of development of the research and technology in a mock up oil rig site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Management board Meeting 24 September. Skype 
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 Other audiences
Results and Impact ORCA Management board Meeting 24 September. Skype
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Management board Meeting 31 August. Skype 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact ORCA Management board Meeting 31 August. Skype
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Trial at Fire College - 21 September 
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 ORCA Trial at Fire College - 21 September
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA all-hands meeting 
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 ORCA all hands meeting at Heriot-Watt where an overview was given of the project and breakout sessions with end-users to define user requirements/priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://orcahub.org
 
Description ORCA industry day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentations of the ORCA research to the industry representatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORE Catapult Demonstration Opportunity Event - 18th September 2018, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended an event put on by the ORE Catapult to encourage innovators and researchers to make use of their offshore demonstration wind turbine to develop technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORE Catapult Industry Meeting - 14th December 2018, Glasgow 
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 Meeting with the ORE Catapult and ORCA WP4 team to discuss V&V aspects of autonomous systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORE Catapult Industry Meeting - 19th December 2019, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss the best way to progress the opportunities to work with ORE Catapult.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORE Catapult Industry Meeting - 23rd January 2019, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Follow on meeting to the meeting held in December to discuss the progression of opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ORE Catapult and Texo Drone Industry Conference Call - 4th March 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference call to discuss resubmitting a joint Innovate UK proposal using MIRIAM in Work Package 3.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Oceaneering Industry Meeting - 13th April 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Oceaneering UK Country Manager and R&D Manager (Houston based) visited Heriot-Watt to discuss the ORCA Hub project, tour the labs and discuss the company's continued involvement in the ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oceaneering Industry Meeting - 2nd May 2018, Houston 
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 Met the Vice President of Asset Integrity at Oceaneering, at the Offshore Technology Conference. Interest to progress this industry relationship from a different perspective than previously discussed with the company.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Offshore Technology Conference Attendance - 30th April to 3rd May 2018, Houston 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston to meet new and existing industry partners and provide more exposure to the ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Opening of the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact On October 20, 2017, the Aerial Robotics Lab has organised on official ceremony for the opening of the new Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London. The development of the Arena is thanks to a £1.25 million gift from Imperial College alumnus Mr Brahmal Vasudevan. 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. The researchers in the Arena can simulate different terrains in the air, the ocean and on land. The space also enables the engineers to create extreme conditions such as fire, smoke, and heat to simulate how the next generation of drones will perform in harsh environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/182375/uk-world-leader-drone-tech-says/
 
Description Opening of the Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena at Imperial College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On October 20, 2017, the Aerial Robotics Lab has organised on official ceremony for the opening of the new "Brahmal Vasudevan Multi-Terrain Aerial Robotics Arena" at Imperial College London. The development of the Arena is thanks to a £1.25 million gift from Imperial College alumnus Mr Brahmal Vasudevan. 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. The researchers in the Arena can simulate different terrains in the air, the ocean and on land. The space also enables the engineers to create extreme conditions such as fire, smoke, and heat to simulate how the next generation of drones will perform in harsh environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/182375/uk-world-leader-drone-tech-says/
 
Description Organisation of AI-IoT-Robotics Workshop at the EU Robotic Forum 
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 The IoT (Internet of Things) and Robotics communities have produced highly complementary approaches that have so far been driven by different objectives, one focused on enabling pervasive sensing and interoperability, the other on producing action and interaction. It is increasingly claimed that the integration of results from the two communities will bring a strong added value to both, and that AI and cognition are key enablers for this integration.

Before we engage into a serious integration effort, we need to be more precise both about the added value and about the needed enablers. This session have discussed these questions. In order to do so, we brought experts from the communities of AI, Robotics and of the IoT, as well as representatives from industry, finance, policy, research and end-users, in a highly interactive workshop. The outcome of this session will be the seeds for a roadmap for integrated IoT, Robotics and AI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://iotrobotics.eps.hw.ac.uk/erf/index.html
 
Description Organisation of IoT-Robotics Workshop at IoT-Week 2017 
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 The IoT and Robotics communities have produced highly complementary approaches that have so far been driven by different objectives, one focused on enabling pervasive sensing and interoperability, the other on producing intelligent behaviour and interaction. In order to investigate the opportunities and the challenges associated to integrated solutions, we will bring experts from the two communities, as well as representatives from industry, finance, policy, research and end-users, in a highly interactive workshop.
All participants will have access, two weeks before the workshop, to a web description of the goals of the workshop, questions to the panels aimed at soliciting industrial requirements. All participants will collectively fill a form during the parallel coffee-table discussions, and they will be asked to structure their summaries around those questions
The workshop will be linked with the IoT-Robotics-AI workshop programmed at next year euRobotics Forum (http://www.erf2017.eu/). The ERF is the main meeting point for researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs and business people all over Europe. The event at the IoT Week will be advertised at the ERF-2017. More than six hundreds delegates are expected at the ERF-2017, between 22-24 March 2017.
The expected result from the proposed workshop is contributing to a core group with mixed IoT and Robotics background that will pursue this agenda. The intended outcomes are to (i) provide a review of lessons learned, trends and issues from current and past EU projects in the integration of IoT and Robotics, (ii) identify promising integration approaches, (iii) propose novel research directions, and (iv) ultimately set the stage for the generation of a common road-map on this theme, with particular emphasis on the Horizon2020. Target actions will include the promotion of research-industry collaborations, provision of strategic input to the EC, organization of next meetings, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/iot/en/iot-week-2017/schedule/557/Combining+IoT+and+Intelligent+Rob...
 
Description Outreach/public engagement, FaceBook live interview for OxfordAI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Outreach/public engagement, FaceBook live interview for OxfordAI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/the.university.of.oxford/videos/720853174916414/?hc_ref=ARQ2nF8deibohjY0yt9...
 
Description Outreach/public engagement, New Scientist phone interview 07/12/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Outreach/public engagement, New Scientist phone interview 07/12/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description P7001 IEEE Standard in Transparency for Autonomous Systems 
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 aim of this standard is to describe measurable, testable levels of transparency, so that autonomous systems can be objectively assessed and levels of compliance determined.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/7001.html
 
Description Paper presentation at IROS 2017 - Mirko Kovac 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac presented "SpiderMAV: Perching and Stabilising Micro Aerial Vehicles with Bio-inspired Tensile Anchoring Systems" K. Zhang, P. Chermprayong, T.M. Alhinai, R Siddall and M Kovac presented at IROS 2017, Vancouver.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Paritipcation in 1:1 discissions at Offshore Technology Conference, Houston 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Paritipcation in multiple 1:1 discissions at Offshore Technology Conference, Houston
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participated in live robotic demonstration in EMPA (Dubendorf), for self-certification and inspection. 21/09/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Tethered automatic scanning aerial robot.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in 'CreatED 2018' - a 24-hour robot Hackathon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Participation in 'CreatED 2018' - a 24-hour robot Hackathon
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.edinburgh-robotics.org/news/201804/created-2018-24-hour-hackathon
 
Description Participation in BEIS 'Rising to the Grand Challenge' event, Westminster 2nd July 2018 
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 Showcase ORCA activities to BEIS staff, politician and ministerial aids
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in ORCA Hub Trial and Industry Demo Days in Oxford 29/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We demonstrated "Remote Operation of Robots and Autonomous Systems through Natural Language"
In this demonstration, we have demonstrated to audiences an interactive interface that uses natural language to interact with autonomous systems in a simulated environment using Gazebo. Given the highly dynamic nature of offshore inspection and maintenance, our interface affords flexibility in that it will allow the remote autonomous systems to work independently or through varying levels of shared autonomy depending on the situation at hand.

In particular, we have discussed with people from industry TOTAL oil company about future collaboration and funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in ORCA Industrial Engagement Day 10/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave several individual demonstrations of the MIRIAM natural language speech and text interface for interacting with teams of autonomous vehicles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in ORCA Industrial Open Day at Heriot-Watt University 10/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We demonstrated "Remote Operation of Robots and Autonomous Systems through Natural Language"
In this demonstration, we have demonstrated to audiences an interactive interface that uses natural language to interact with autonomous systems in a simulated environment using Gazebo. Given the highly dynamic nature of offshore inspection and maintenance, our interface affords flexibility in that it will allow the remote autonomous systems to work independently or through varying levels of shared autonomy depending on the situation at hand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation in S4 programme meeting with Limpet demo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting took place 8th January 2019 in Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, Cromwell Rd, North Berwick EH39 4LZ

10:30 - Limpet sensors - Adam Stokes (Edinburgh)
10:50 - Limpet demonstration
11:10 - Possibilities for collaboration - Michael Fisher
11:30 - Open discussion/opportunities/planning
12:30 - Finish
twitter page of the S4 programme: https://twitter.com/S4programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/research/S4/
 
Description Participation in SICSA DemoFest 2018 event "Bring Reseach to Life" at Edinburgh Dynamic Earth, 06/11/2018 
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 We demonstrated The MIRIAM multimodal interface for remote autonomous systems.

Remote autonomous systems, such as underwater vehicles, lack transparency resulting in low situation
awareness and trust. The multimodal interface, MIRIAM, gives the operator the ability to gather
information on the remote vehicle through a graphical interface or speech or both. Along with mission and
vehicle status, explanations help improve the operator's mental model of how the vehicle operates
autonomously.

We have also showed to audiences the Fort William Trial Days (took place on 2nd and 3rd July) video during the exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/knowledge-exchange/industry-collaboration/demofest/
 
Description Participation in the machine vision fair "Vision 2018" in Stuttgart 
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 "Vision" is an international machine vision fair, one of the biggest in the industry. My visit was aimed at researching the newest machine vision-related technology and finding the most suitable hardware for the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Participation to USMART industry Workshop 
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 The workshop brought together members of industry, government agencies (DSTL) to look at the potential applications of USMART (Underwater sensor networks EPSRC funded project) where ORCA aims at providing novel sensor packages. The workshop highlighted the need for cheap deployment for the technology to be of real benefit and mentioned that engagement with ORCA would be a must. This will be facilitated by Yvan Petillot who is a CO-I in each grant and leads USMART in Heriot-Watt University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Performed live demonstration of aerial self-certification and inspection 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave several individual demonstrations of the automatic scanning and aerial inspection with tethered drones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Performed live demonstration of remote sensor deployment using aerial robots in fire service college trials in Oxford on 29/10/2018 
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 1. Hardware platform showoff: We are flying a medium size quadrotor, which
carries a Permasense off-the-shelf sensor using a mechanical release
mechanism attached to the drone. This drone will be controlled manually to
deliver the sensor to a 10mm thick target plate so that measurements can be
made using the Permasense sensor.
2. Software automation showoff: We are also flying a small size quadrotor,
which carries a small mockup sensor with magnet. It will be controlled
completely autonomously mainly by its onboard computer, to deliver the
mockup sensor to a target. The drone runs a complete visual-inerial odometry
pipeline with target detection (with the assist by an 2D tag). The drone will be
tethered to the ground with a weight that is much heavier than the max takeoff
weight of the drone.

Participants: Mirko Kovac, Frederic Cegla, Pouyan, Chang Liu
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Performed live demonstration of tethered aerial scanning system in the industrial openday in Heriot-Watt university on 10/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In this demonstration, we present a novel small scale mobile system, which is formed of a ground station and an airborne platform constrained/connected by an electrical tether. The airborne platform is not only able to obtain indefinite power from ground station, but also able to perform automatic trajectory tracking regardless of the mechanical disturbance from the tether. Since the conventional tethered systems rely on the airborne platform pulling against the tension controlling tether management system in addition to the mass of the tether, the airborne platform has to have significant size to create the payload margin for this operation, and the trajectory tracking accuracy is significantly degraded due to the disturbance from the tether.

This is the first time an automatic tethered system is realised in such a small scale. Thanks to the tension controlling active wheel, which also fuse the trajectory velocity with the visual-inertial odometry from the airborne platform as the feedforward term for the tension controller. The airborne performs monocular visual inertial odometry, quad-tree monocular structure from motion (SFM), deep learning.

Participants: Chang Liu, Arnau Casanovas
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description PicSea Industry Meeting - 23rd November 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Industry meeting with PicSea to see if there were any opportunities to work together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I (Rob Siddall) spoke for 30 minutes and did a small live demonstration to an audience of around 50, about the Aquatic Micro Air Vehicles Research. The talk generated a great deal of interest, and I was invited to repeat it again later in the year by the organisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/robotic-presents-and-bionic-futures
 
Description Platform for Investigation 
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 Participation in a Platform for Investigation event at the Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Manchester Baby Computer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Poster Presentation and demonstration at ICMI 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Demonstrated initial ORCA and gave a poster presentation on Trust for autonomous systems at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) in Glasgow. Both were well received
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://icmi.acm.org/2017/
 
Description Poster Presentation and demonstration at ICMI 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Demonstrated MIRIAM conversational agent for remote autonomous systems and gave a poster presentation at the International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) in Boulder, Colorado. October 16-20th, 2018. Both were well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://icmi.acm.org/2018/
 
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 collaboration discussion at Qualcomm, San Diego 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation and collaboration discussion at Qualcomm, San Diego
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and collaboration discussion at US Navy SPAWAR, San Diego 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation and collaboration discussion at US Navy SPAWAR, San Diego
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation and collaboration discussion at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University Washington, Seattle, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation and collaboration discussion at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University Washington, Seattle, USA
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 Presentation at 2030: A Martian Odyssey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented some of recent work in a talk tittles "Aerial Robotics for Infrastructures"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at AFPAC 2019 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented some of the work carried out in a talk titles "Simultaneous thickness measurement and crack detection with polarised shear waves"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at AUV 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave a presentation about the MIRIAM conversational agent for remote autonomous systems and how, in combination with an IVER-3 AUV and relayed acoustic communications, MIRIAM was used in an on-shore control room rather than at the water's edge or in a boat.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://auv2018.lsts.pt/
 
Description Presentation at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park 
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 Round table and meetings with Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, developing collaborative links to National ROBOTARIUM and teaming discussions, learning from their business model and activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation of ORCA hub to the RCNDE IWG (Industrial working group) 
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 ORCA Hub activities presented to 15 international companies that are members of RCNDE, i.e. end users of NDE technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of ORCA to UK RCNDE members 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Present Research work and ORCA hub activities to another EPSRC funded Research Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to AberdeenStandard 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to senior members of AberdeenStandard
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://strategicfutures.org/hexmaps/scotlandtopics/
 
Description Presentation to The Oil & Gas Authority 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of topic model of OGA public facing material
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://strategicfutures.org/demos/OGAExample/
 
Description Presentation to the international oil and gas service company Expro 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the use of, and examples of Topic Modelling for diagnostics and summarisation of unstructured information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://strategicfutures.org/demos/OGAExample/
 
Description Presentation, 30th January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at ISCF RAI meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presented to CEO of Universities UK - 7th August 2018, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the ORCA Hub and planned activities beyond to Alistair Jarvis, CEO of UUK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presented to MSP - 15th August 2018, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented ORCA Hub and future activities in robotics to Derek Mackay, MSP for Finance, Economy and Fair Work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presented to representatives from BEIS - 19th September 2018, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presented the ORCA and Edinburgh Centre of Robotics to representatives from BEIS who were visiting Heriot-Watt.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Press release article about EMPA collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Drones work alongside humans in new Imperial-led Centre (Mirko, Hann, Chang, Brett)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/189418/drones-work-alongside-humans-imperial-led-centre/
 
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 Professor David Lane features in an 'Industrial Strategy' film created by the Scottish Government 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UK Government in Scotland has produced a film documenting Scotland's 'Industrial Strategy' as part of 'Delivering for Scotland' which features Professor David Lane speaking about the future of robotics in Scotland. These films will be released to the general public from 21st June 2018 so no impact as yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Propelling Offshore Wind: Blades Event - 2nd October 2018, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended a Propelling Offshore Wind: Blades event organised by the ORE Catapult. The event was aimed at the inspection, maintenance and repair of offshore wind turbine blades.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Proserv Industry Conference Call - 25th February 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to inform each other about our respective organisations and discuss opportunities to work together. One opportunity was found, although this is potentially out with the scope of ORCA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Public Lecture for Research Uses at Queensland University of Technology - 18th January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor David Lane gave a public lecture at the Queensland University of Technology in January 2018 - no impacts known.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Python Robot Programming (Trial Visit) to Belvedere Academy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Trial visit with a Python based robotics programming activity to a local school
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ROVCO Industry Meeting - 10th October 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss WP1's 3D Underwater Vision to see where there are opportunities to collaborate together on.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ROVOP Industry Meeting - 29th January 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss if there is a place for ROVOP to work with ORCA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Reasoning Machines talk for the University of the Third Age 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk covering the implementation of reasoning in machines and philosophical issues associated with computers and thought.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) aims to ensure the sustainability, acceptability and desirability of research processes and outputs. ORBIT, which held the workshop, provides training, consultancy and other RRI services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.orbit-rri.org/
 
Description Robot and Asset Certification 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 75 members of academia, industry and research funding organisations attended a workshop to explore the opportunities and challenges in Robot and Asset Certification. After summary presentations of the state of the art in robotics and asset certification, representing the interests of service companies, oil and gas majors as well as the offshore renewable energy sector, two dedicated break-out sessions identified the key research questions, resources and industrial champions to support engagement with the academic research team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/ORCA_Hub/status/971711707729899520
 
Description Robotics for Offshore Wind Presentation - 7th June 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the ORCA Hub at the Scottish Enterprise Robotics for Offshore Wind event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SETS Industry Meeting - 18th February 2019, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss how SETS would use a sensor like Limpet for their business. They have since provided a technical description of their requirement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SICSA AI Theme Lead 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Hastie was elected to be AI Theme lead for SICSA. SICSA is the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sicsa.ac.uk
 
Description SPAWAR Seminar & Meeting - 19th March 2018, Edinburgh 
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 The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) from San Diego visited Heriot-Watt to give a seminar titled: 'A discussion of efforts at Systems Center Pacific to bring autonomous and adaptive decision making into command and control systems'. A smaller group of ORCA Hub academics discussed the work of the ORCA Hub and any synergies between the two organisations. A number of mutual research areas were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SRPe Robotics & Autonomous Systems Thematic Leadership Group Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) Robotics & Autonomous Systems Thematic Leadership Group Meeting meet on a regular basis to engage HEIs with the aim to strengthen impact of RAS in Scotland and influence policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.researchscotland.ac.uk
 
Description SRPe/OGIC Brainstorming Event - 25th June 2018, Glasgow 
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 Collaborative meeting with industry and academia to discuss a possible project to overcome conductor damage in the splash zone on oil and gas platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Schlumberger Industry Conference Call - 17th January 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference call to get Schlumberger feedback on the ORCA Demonstration Day they attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Schlumberger/OneSubsea Industry Meeting - 1st May 2018, Houston 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the ORCA Hub to SLB Energy Ventures and OneSubsea representatives. Indicated they were keen to continue to be involved but wanted to know what SLB had committed to and who had committed to it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School Visit (Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 50 pupils attended the dinner followed by a talk by Prof. Hastie where she talked about the future of robotics. Robots were brought along and pupils interacted with them after the talk. Much discussion followed and a written version of the talk was requested for a school publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.merchiston.co.uk/scholars-dinner-prof-hastie/
 
Description Schunk Industry Meeting - 4th October 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss methods of Schunk's future engagement with the ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scottish First Minister announcement of strategic relationship between ECR and Shenyang Institute of Automation during China visit 
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 Other audiences
Results and Impact Scottish First Minister announcement of strategic relationship between the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics and Shenyang Institute of Automation during visit to China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Scottish Minister Visit to Heriot-Watt 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Heriot-Watt hosted Scottish Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Higher Education, 14th December 2017 where ORCA was discussed and interesting questions/discussions ensued.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description SeeByte Invited Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof. Hastie gave an invited lunch time seminar at SeeByte Ltd, Edinburgh where she talked about 'Techniques and interfaces for trustworthy robotics'. This sparked interesting discussion and requests for further information and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar on Autonomous Vessels and the Offshore Industry - 20th March 2018, London 
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 Attended an open seminar on Autonomous Vessels and the Offshore Industry. A small group of industry professionals and universities, with interesting presentations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Series of lectures given at the Universities of Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai, Shenzen and Guangzhou during March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor David Lane delivered a series of lectures across China during a visit in March 2018. One impact which has arisen is a collaboration MoU which has been signed with the State Key Lab for Robotics in Shenyang Institute of Automation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Shell & NSRI Industry Meeting - 14th May 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Met with Shell and the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) to discuss both their ongoing support for ORCA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Shell (Brazil) & Senai Cimatec Industry Skype Meeting - 31st July 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Discussed the Shell (Brazil) & Senai Cimatec's activities in robotics and discussed methods of collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Showcase of ECR and ORCA Hub to MP - 2nd August 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Showcased Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, ORCA Hub and future activities in robotics to MP Sam Gyimah, the Universities Minister.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Space:Late at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry 
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 A stand demonstrating lego Mars Rovers featuring as part of an evening "Space:Late" event at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Many enthusiastic and interested discussions with members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.msimanchester.org.uk/what-was-on/space-late
 
Description Sprint Robotics Industry Conference Call - 21st November 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Skype presentation to provide an update of ORCA and Sprint Robotics activity since Sprint Robotics last engaged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Subsea 7 Industry Meeting - 24th August 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting to get Subsea 7 feedback from the ORCA Hub demonstrations in Fort William following their attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Subsea 7 Industry Meeting - 24th January 2019, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss a possible project for the 3D underwater vision research in Work Package 1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Subsea Expo 
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 Exhibition Stand
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.subseaexpo.com/
 
Description Subsea Expo Conference - 5th February to 7th February 2019, Aberdeen 
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 We had a stand at Subsea Expo to promote ORCA. There was lots of interest with new and existing partners and a number of potential opportunities for collaborative projects resulting from the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description SubseaUK Industry Meeting - 28th June 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting about a possible Underwater Innovation Hub. Discussions at early stage for a virtual/physical UK wide hub (attendees included SE, O&GUK, RGU, SAMS, ONE, the Underwater Centre, OGTC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SubseaUK Underwater Vehicles Conference - 11th September 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended the SubseaUK organised Underwater Vehicles Conference in Aberdeen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Successful live demo in underwater centre trial activity in Fort William 
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 The Aerial Robotics Lab (Chang Liu, Brett Stephen) partnering with NDE Lab (Pouyan Khalili) conducted two demonstrations: aerial delivery of a pipe wall thickness sensor from a floating platform onto a small offshore target, and fully autonomous delivery of a small sensor utilizing visual-inertial odometry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Successful live demo of Limpet Robot in underwater centre trial activity in Fort William 
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 The Stokes Research Group (Alistair McConnell, Mohammed El Sayed and Simona Aracri) in conjunction with the Heriot-Watt Ocean Systems Lab (Rahul Mourya) and the University of York (Nils Morozs) conducted a demonstration using the Limpets Robots to communicate to a central system through the use of acoustic modems underwater.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Summer school on underwater machine vision and industrial demo in Fort William Underwater Centre 
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 ~20 students and marine robotics practitioners took part in the underwater machine vision training. Afterwards, the key results were also presented to the industry representatives. This will encourage future cooperation with both, other universities and industrial partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at 2nd Annual IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Conference at Queen Mary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of the ORCA Hub by Mirko Kovac at the 2nd Annual IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Conference at Queen Mary, London.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1znyim_Nmh-yt2hhXyaa7vTOz2UUaNCgW/view
 
Description Talk at Members day at ORI 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave talk about robotics and AI in extreme environments at the ORI Members' Day, to representatives of industrial partners: BP, JLR, Nominet, Nav Tech, Bossa Nova, Honda Research Europe and ASV
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 at Royal Society Scientific Meeting, London, 19-20 Feb 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Royal Society Scientific meeting, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk: Maybe the Robot Invasion Is a Good Thing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact (From the DIF site)
The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we'll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!

Maybe the robots will round us up in internment camps, or maybe we'll be sipping cocktails by the pool while our gadgets sweep our streets and stock our shops. Find out why robotics researcher, Dr Subramanian Ramamoorthy prefers to think the future will contain more of the latter than the former.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.thinkdif.co/sessions/maybe-the-robot-invasion-is-a-good-thing
 
Description Talk: Why do robots need common sense? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an event at a book festival, consisting of a panel and a public talk. The attendees were members of the general public, who were part of the audience at this book festival event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dgwgo.com/out-and-about-in-dg/big-bang-weekend-wigtown/
 
Description TechnipFMC Industry Meeting - 2nd May 2018, Houston 
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 Met with TechnipFMC to discuss best routes of engagement with the company. A number of follow up contacts were provided.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TechnipFMC Industry Skype Meeting - 6th July 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Skype meeting with TechnipFMC Head of Automation & Controls in Norway to discuss TechnipFMC's ORCA Hub involvement in addition to Cybernetix.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description TexoDrone Industry Meeting - 16th August 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss a collaborative project with TexoDrone, EDF Energy and ORE Catapult for Beyond Visual Line of Sight turbine inspection, involving Work Packages 3 and 4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tharsus Industry Conference Call - 16th January 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss what options there are to work together. We pinpointed one area of research within ORCA that would be worth pursuing and organised a future meeting with the relevant academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Tharsus Industry Meeting - 19th February 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss potential collaborative development of the Limpet sensor being worked on under Work Package 1.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Total & Taurob Industry Meeting - 17th April 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Total and Taurob visited Heriot-Watt to discuss opportunities to work together. A number of potential opportunities were discussed with plans to progress further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Total Industry Conference Call - 3rd September 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Conference call to discuss a possible project developing 3D Underwater Vision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Total Industry Meeting - 6th September 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting to discuss the development of MIRIAM for Total robotic systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Total and Taurob Industry Conference Call - 5th March 2019, Edinburgh 
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 Conference call to discuss development of the robot self-certification and battery PHM projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Total, EC-OG & Tracerco Industry Meeting - 7th September 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Meeting to kick-off the start of a collaborative project between Total, Tracerco, EC-OG & Heriot-Watt (through the ORCA Hub).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Trial at Fire Service College 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Demo at Fire College for EU Projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Trial prep at Fire College - 18 Oct 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prep for Trial at fire college
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK Trade & Investment Conference Call - 20th February 2019, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss if there was opportunities for ORCA collaborating with organisations in Brazil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ULC Robotics Industry Conference Call - 10th January 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference call to discuss each other's organisations to see if there are opportunities to work together.
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 Video of quadruped Robotics Research at Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Created a video overview for general audience of the quadruped locomotion research at the University of Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FslB_VBYwQ&t=14s
 
Description Visit at Total 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mirko Kovac visited Total in Stavanger, Norway. Meeting with presentation of activities. October 25 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visited ANYbotics 
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 Visited Anybotics, industrial collaborator, Zurich Switzerland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visits and presentations to 8 Great Technology investors in Shenzen and Guangzho 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visits and presentations to 8 Great Technology investors in Shenzen and Guangzho with Lord Willetts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WFS Industry Meetings - 6th & 18th September 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss possible collaboration with WFS for autonomous underwater vehicle support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Wave & Tidal Workshop Attendance - 16th May 2018, Aberdeen 
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 Attended this workshop on the Wave & Tidal sector of the energy to see if there was opportunities for the ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Westminster Parliament visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A group of ORCA consortium members from Heriot-Watt including Prof. Petillot, Prof. Hastie and Prof. Lane presented demonstrations of a variety of Robots at Westminster attended by a large number of MPs and VIPs. Much interesting discussion was had in a variety of domains from defence to in-home care robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Wood Industry Industry Conference Call - 28th February 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry discussion with the nuclear part of the Wood business who work with RAIN to discuss if there is opportunity for cross-hub collaboration. Further discussion at RAI Industry Showcase agreed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Wood Industry Industry Conference Call - 8th March 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference call to discuss having a Wood employee provide information for high level offshore tasks that people currently carry out. Also discussed Wood feedback from the October Demonstration Day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Wood Industry Meeting - 5th June 2018, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Met with Wood to discuss their ongoing involvement in the ORCA Hub across all research areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Woodside Industry Meeting - 16th April 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Woodside visited Heriot-Watt and the University of Edinburgh to discuss the ORCA Hub and tour both university labs. Woodside showed an interest in being involved in the ORCA Hub and are keen to work together. A number of opportunities to work together were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Woodside Industry Skype Meeting - 16th August 2018, Edinburgh 
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 Meeting to discuss possible projects using the manipulator arm. Capabilities within the hub discussed and sent to Woodside for them to decide which specific areas they are interested in working on together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop Proposal: Aquatic Soft Robots 
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 Workshop proposal accepted for the RoboSoft2019 conference to be held in Seoul.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.robosoft2019.org/
 
Description Workshop Talk: Controlling Robots for Safe Physical Interaction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave a talk at The Royal Society of Edinburgh Scotland-China Research Workshop: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. This led to engagement with Chinese academics and a funding application for a joint Scotland-China research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.rse.org.uk/event/scotland-china-research-workshop-robotics-and-artificial-intelligence/
 
Description Workshop Talk: Physical Human-Robot Interaction with Multi-Limbed and Legged Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave talk titled "Physical Human-Robot Interaction with Multi-Limbed and Legged Robots" at IROS 2018 Workshop on HUMAN-ROBOT COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION IN MANIPULATION: ADVANCEMENTS AND CHALLENGES.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.roboticvision.org/humanrobotcooperationirosws/
 
Description Workshop on the Social Impact of Intelligent Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk as keynote speaker
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/events/sicsa-ai-cyber-physical-systems-workshop-social-impact-intelligent-rob...
 
Description Xodus Industry Meeting - 4th June 2018, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussed Xodus' involvement in the ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Year of Robotics event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact An event occurred in the HRI Robotarium lab to mark the end of the Year of Robotics where local and national companies were invited to interact with the robots. Much interesting discussion was had.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description hosted a series of lab tours in aerial robotics lab for aeronautic internal meeting. 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22/01/2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description i-Tech Services (Subsea 7) Industry Conference Call - 9th October 2018, Edinburgh 
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 A conference call to discuss developing WP1's 3D Underwater Vision together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description inter-hub meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Inter-hubs meeting to share our research with scientists involved in RAIN, SPACE and ORCA hubs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018