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 (ICL, 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 collaborations: The 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

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description We have identified a number of key focus areas ('Technology spotlights") which are now receiving traction with industry following demonstrations during the 2018 and 2019 Capability Demonstrations in Oxford, Fort William, Blyth and Edinburgh.

We are meeting the objectives and have a strong technology portfolio at varying technology readiness levels. We have strengthened industry engagement through connected and collective leadership from a group of operators and a major tier 1 contractor.
Exploitation Route We have direct engagement with offshore energy companies with first industrial funded projects commencing, This will continue beyond the end of the EPSRC funded phase of ORCA which concludes in 2021.

We are in discussion with both Security and Prosperity UK Government to take a view on how to progress continuing multiple overtures being received from China, taking into account security, financial, reputation and commercial risk factors.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Energy

URL https://orcahub.org/
 
Description Entry from March 2019: 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. Entry from March 2020: Science Number of researchers: 94 since project commencement Number of publications and conference proceedings: 179 Collaborations Additional collaborating UK institutes: 8 new UK institutes have joined the Hub in 2020 through the PRF Media/Marketing Twitter followers: 616 LinkedIn followers: 624 Events attended: 29 Exhibitor Stands: 9 Skills Researcher Training sessions: Royal Society training days (2), Responsible Research & Innovation training (2) Number of individual technologies demonstrated to industry: 68 Secondments: 1 completed, 1 in progress & 2 in contract negotiations Current Industry funded developments from EPSRC funded applied science are subject to NDA and commercial in confidence. We do not have permission from sponsors to share detail
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Energy
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Appointed to Chair the UK Robotics Growth Partnership by Minister for Universities, Science and Innovation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/chris-skidmore-sets-out-the-first-steps-to-establish-the-robo...
 
Description Appointed to working group steering development of Scottish Govt Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy, leading to first working paper from Scottish Science Advisory Council giving advice to Scottish Govt in March 2020
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://scottishscience.org.uk/article/robotics-and-autonomous-systems-report
 
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 Co-Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on the Verificaiton of Autonomous Systems
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.ieee-ras.org/verification-of-autonomous-systems
 
Description David Lane appointed to UK governments AI Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/news/2019/academic-appointed-to-ai-council.htm
 
Description Deptartment for Transport Maritime 2050 National Strategy Expert Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description IEEE standard on Transparency (P7001)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://standards.ieee.org/project/7001.html
 
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 Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee visit
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Committee Chair Norman Lamb was joined by fellow MPs Bill Grant, Stephen Metcalfe and former Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah, as well as Committee staff members. The visit was part of their inquiry into recreational and commercial drone use. MPs were welcomed by the Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley, who introduced them to Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory. He then presented on Imperial's work on drone technology and the challenges facing his team and the wider sector. Dr Kovac outlined his research on the usage of drones for digital infrastructure systems, including diagnostics and repairs, both in the air and underwater. In response to questions from Sam Gyimah and Stephen Metcalfe, Dr Kovac explained that the use of drones for these purposes is widely accepted in the scientific community.
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/191908/mps-visit-imperials-aerial-robotics-lab/
 
Description Membership of IEEE P7009 Standards committee on "Failsafe Design of Autonomous Systems"
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standards.ieee.org/project/7009.html
 
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 Scottish Government AI Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.scotlandaistrategy.com/
 
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 (METRICS) - Metrological Evaluation and Testing of Robots in International CompetitionS
Amount € 1,999,747 (EUR)
Funding ID 871252 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2022
 
Description Applied Off-site and On-site Collective Multi-Robot Autonomous Building Manufacturing
Amount £1,201,253 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S031464/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Augmented Reality-Aided Telepresence for Remote Inspection and Monitoring with Aerial Robots
Amount £163,901 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Chair in Emerging Technologies
Amount £129,999 (GBP)
Funding ID CiET 1718/6 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
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 Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description EPSRC and NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)
Amount £6,118,276 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S023933/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 03/2028
 
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 Public
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 Charity/Non Profit
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 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2022
 
Description Robotic Ecosystems for Future Infrastructures
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2023
 
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 Public
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 United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 10/2020
 
Description Using AI-Enhanced Social Robots to Improve Children's Healthcare Experiences
Amount £507,614 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/T012986/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 01/2023
 
Title Brahmal Vasudevan Multi Terrain Flight Arena on TerriNet infrastructure with wide reach to European audience. 
Description A large enclosed 10x6.2x5.5m flight arena (Arena), equipped with 16 Vicon T40 tracking cameras, capable of tracking multiple flying objects in 6 degrees of freedom, with millimetre accuracy. Tracking data can be used for closed-loop control of vehicles. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The Arena is the first of its kind in Europe, enabling engineers to test the next generation of aerial robotics for urban environments and extreme conditions. Researchers in the Arena are able to simulate different terrains in the air, the ocean and on land. The space also enables engineers to create extreme conditions such as fire, smoke and heat to simulate how the next generation of drones will perform in harsh environments. The research focus in Arena encompasses two main themes: (i) physical adaptation; (ii) cybernetics adaptation. The physical adaptation includes morphological changes in different environmental conditions for aerial and multi-terrain robots to land, perch, locomote or \"stay still\" in narrow and cluttered spaces. The cybernetical adaptation includes adjustments at the algorithmic level to maintain the stability, avoid the collisions and the track the safe and reliable trajectories. These activities are considered holistically with potential human interactions, neuroscience, and bio-inspiration. 
URL https://www.terrinet.eu/robotic_database_show_platform/?id=116
 
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 ER: the emergency response dataset 
Description Collection of crowd-sourced dialogues on the emergency domain on off-shore energy platforms. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This resource provides a new common testbed for the research community who does research on dialogue systems. 
 
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 Access to DOF Subsea Real-World Underwater Image Data 
Organisation DOF Subsea
Country Norway 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We are using this data in our research.
Collaborator Contribution DOF Subsea provided ROV footage of a subsea pipeline inspection.
Impact The footage has been very beneficial to the progression of a number of different areas of ORCA research.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Access to ROVCO Real-World Underwater Image Data 
Organisation Rovco Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This data is being used in our research.
Collaborator Contribution ROVCO provided ROV footage of subsea structures.
Impact This footage has been very useful for some of the research in Work Package 4 - Robot and Asset Self-Certification.
Start Year 2018
 
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 Datalab 
Organisation The Datalab
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
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. EDF have provided operational data in the form of: - Wind turbine foundation ROV footage - Wind turbine digital models and drawings - Wind farm wave data - Their wind energy technology roadmap - Lessons learned from their defect detection trials using UAVs for blade inspections - Wind turbine blade inspection data (images) - Wind turbine asset inspection data - Wind farm survey reports
Impact EDF Energy have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings. EDF have contributed a huge amount of operational data that has helped develop numerous areas of our research for the wind energy sector.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Guided Ultrasonics Ltd 
Organisation Guided Ultrasonics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Hydrason 
Organisation Hydrason Solutions Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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 Lloyds Register Group 
Organisation Lloyd's Register Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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 Lloyd's Register have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with OGIC 
Organisation Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact OGIC part-funded our exhibitor stand at Subsea Expo in 2019.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with OGTC 
Organisation Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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. Discounted use of their testing facilities for ORCA capability demonstrations. An information presentation on the offshore wind industry to all of ORCA. Detailed list of robotics Use Case for offshore wind applications.
Impact ORE Catapult have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events. The contributions to ORCA have been very beneficial in progressing almost all areas of research within the project.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Permasense 
Organisation Permasense Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with ROVCO 
Organisation Rovco Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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. ROVCO have sponsored a PhD in the ECR CDT RAS.
Impact They have provided real-world underwater image data for our research equating to approximately £10,000 in value. Financial support for the educational training of an upcoming robotics expert.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with ROVOP 
Organisation ROVOP
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research in subsea robotics related areas and business improvement processes and systems.
Collaborator Contribution Access to ROV equipment, training simulator and industry experts.
Impact ROVOP have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events, and staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with Royal IHC 
Organisation Royal IHC
Country Netherlands 
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 Royal IHC have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub events.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Schlumberger 
Organisation Schumberger
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Time spent to attend ORCA industry capability demonstrations. Schlumberger sponsor a PhD in the ECR CDT RAS.
Impact Financial support for the educational training of an upcoming robotics expert.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Schunk 
Organisation SCHUNK GmbH & Co
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
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 Seebyte have provided free access to their SeeTrack software and manpower to support testing and demonstrations. They have also sponsored two PhDs in the ECR CDT RAS.
Impact Seebyte's input has been very beneficial to the progression and development of our subsea related research. Financial support for the educational training of an upcoming robotics experts.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Sprint Robotics 
Organisation SPRINT Robotics Collaborative
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
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
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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 Academic/University 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss end-user requirements for drones in infrastructure inspection and evaluation. Provide a testing site and materials for a demonstration of aerial inspection.
Impact nil
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Technip FMC Cybernetix 
Organisation TechnipFMC plc
Department Technip Offshore UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
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 TexoDrone 
Organisation Texo Drone Survey and Inspection
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 None at this time.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Tharsus 
Organisation Tharsus Groups
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Impact Nil
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with The Underwater Centre 
Organisation The Underwater Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Industrial Collaboration
Collaborator Contribution Discounted use of their facilities for ORCA capability demonstrations.
Impact The Underwater Centre subsidised use of their facilities for the first ORCA Hub Capability Demonstrations in July 2018. This helped progress the research that was demonstrated there.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Total 
Organisation Total E & P
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects. Development of a prototype offshore robotic assistant for Total's offshore robots.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time for meetings to discuss possible and active ORCA Hub projects. Donation of the digital model of the hazardous environment used in Total's ARGOS robotics challenge. Financial contribution to develop ORCA research in offshore robotic assistants into a prototype that can be used for Total's offshore robots.
Impact Total have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events. Our research in using natural language communication in digital twin environments has progressed because of the digital twin donated by Total. An agreement has been signed to work together on a collaborative project developing a digital assistant for Total's offshore robotic platforms.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Tritech 
Organisation Tritech International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research in underwater object detection using sonar sensors.
Collaborator Contribution Financial support for a collaborative project looking at underwater object detection using sonar sensors.
Impact Development of object detection using sonar sensors capabilities.
Start Year 2018
 
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
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. Samples of a polymer material to test the FMCW Radar sensor being developed in ORCA. Operational procedures used in emergency response situations offshore.
Impact Wood have provided professional industry input and attendance at ORCA Hub meetings and events. Progression of the FMCW Radar in a new use case and application. Progression of ORCA research looking at using natural language for human-robot communication in emergency response scenarios.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Funded collaboration with major operator (confidential so not listed here) 
Organisation Heriot-Watt University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Working on a voice interactive intelligent assistant
Collaborator Contribution They are providing the interface and data for the voice interactive intelligent assistant
Impact Still in early stages
Start Year 2019
 
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 MarynSol AUV Trials at Levenmouth 
Organisation MarynSol Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We provided use of an AUV and technical support for a joint trial with MarynSol.
Collaborator Contribution MarynSol tested their SeaSmart survey data acquisition technology.
Impact The joint project helped MarynSol progress the development of their technology.
Start Year 2019
 
Description OGIC Subsea Expo Stand Subsidy - 5th February to 7th February 2019, Aberdeen 
Organisation Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We promoted ORCA Hub as part of a joint OGIC/ORCA Hub stand at Subsea Expo conference in February 2019.
Collaborator Contribution OGIC subsidised the ORCA Hub stand at Subsea Expo conference in February 2019.
Impact A number of potential opportunities stemmed from the conference for ORCA.
Start Year 2019
 
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
 
Title Middleware for Java to MATLAB communication via ROS 
Description Software for letting a rational agent connect to other parts of an autonomous system based in MATLAB. Uses the Robot Operating System (ROS). 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The software allows MATLAB-based components such as planners, simulations and GUIs to communicate with a rational agent written in Gwendolen on the Java platform. 
 
Title Rational agent for ORCA unmanned aircraft 
Description Rational agent-based decision making system for an unmanned aircraft system. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The software has been used as part of a virtual prototype autonomous system for simulated inspection of offshore assets. 
 
Title SLAM fusing DVL and Stereo Camera 
Description The software integrates Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) data and stereo camera images into a state-of-the-art algorithm for Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). This work was done in collaboration with Raluca Scona, Research Associate (Sep. 2019 - Mar. 2020). 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The integration of Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) data into Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) provides a more accurate localisation in scenarios in which the visual information is insufficient, such as turbulent water, drastic robot movements and poor visibility. In these cases, the use of DVL data is used to estimate the position of the robot, which produces more accurate mapping. The ultimate goal is to produce an accurate representation of the map, so that inspection could be performed. 
URL http://orcahub.dsmynas.com:30000/orcahub/wp1/orb-slam/tree/raluca_dvl_integration
 
Description Presentation of Making Offshore Infrastructure Smart with Limpets at the Automation, AI & Robotics Workshop at NASA Johnson Space Center Houston 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Present the Limpet technology to a wide variety of speakers, multiple from NASA and companies based around Houston and the USA in general. The purpose was to both demonstrate the state of the art and to discover opportunities for future collaboration with international partners.
This was organised by the Technology Collaboration Center and had approximately 30 different companies presenting projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 1851 Trust Maritime Roadshow for Girls 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact STEM ambassador at the 1851 Trust Maritime Roadshow for Girls.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.maritimeuk.org/events/careers/maritime-roadshow-girls-edinburgh2/
 
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 42nd CIESM Congress 
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 Talk + Poster at 42nd CIESM Congress
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://ciesm.org/marine/congresses/sessions_cascais.php
 
Description A R Consulting Technical/Operational Support - 16th October 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 A R Consulting presented on the Asset Management Process to ORCA academics and researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Accenture Industry Conference Call, 11 December 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 Discussion about how our organisations could work together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Energy Conference - 15th May 2019 to 16th May 2019, 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 Attended clean energy conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description All hands meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact All hands meeting for the ORCA Hub project. I participated also contributing with a poster. On the same day I took part to an interview conducted by Hi-Ho.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 An invited presentation at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers 'Making Offshore Infrastructure Smart with Limpets' at Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Off-Shore Wind 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A gathering and set of presentations on the state of the art in RAS applied to the Off-Shore Wind industry. The event involved talks from both academics and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Anomalous Industry Conference Call, 16 October 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 Discussion about each other's organisations and how they may work together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Aquatic Soft Robots Workshop 
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 I ran a workshop in South Korea, Seoul, as part of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics.
Abstract of the workshop:
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 https://www.aquaticsoftrobots.com/
 
Description Aramco Industry Conference Call, 10 December 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 Showcase of ORCA's capabilities to a potential new collaborator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Attend SRPe Workshop - RAS in Extreme and Hazardous Environments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented the work of ORCA Hub WP3 to the research community at the workshop on RAS in Extreme and Hazardous Environments. Later in the workshop groups examined possibilities of research proposals in the field of agri-robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.srpe.ac.uk/robotics-autonomous-systems
 
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 Attendance at an IMechE event on Non Invasive Inspection Technologies 
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 event brought together industry and academy to present the recent advances and current state of the art in Non-Invasice Inspection Technologies. There were approximately 15 presentations from a mix of presenters and in-situ demos of the technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 RSS  
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 Attended the Robotics: Science ans Systems Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 BAE Systerms Industry Conference Call - 3rd June 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 a possible joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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, 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 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 BP Industry Conference Call - 13th May 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 possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BP Industry Conference Call - 15th 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 possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BP Industry Conference Call - 6th June 2019, Glasgow 
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 details of a Request for Information BP released about land-based offshore robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Babcock Festival of Engineering 2019 
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 Babcock Rosyth held a Festival of Engineering where ORCA lead demonstrations of autonomous robotic systems such as the Husky and lead hands-on demos with the Cozmo robots over the course of a two-day event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Babcock Festival of Engineering 2019, Robots in the Danger Zone Exhibit 
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 I was part of a team of ORCA Hub researchers. We engaged with groups of primary school pupils and their teachers offering hands-on interaction with remote controllable and autonomous "Cosmo" robots, "Limpet" sensors and a "Husky" robot equipped with manipulator arms and Lidar. The aim of the event was to promote STEM career to the attendees. The event spanned two days. I led the ORCA Hub team on the second day. Other team members on that day were Paola Ardón Ramírez, Joshua Roe, Marwa Salayma, of Heriot-Watt University and Vincent Page of University of Liverpool.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.babcockinternational.com/news/schoolchildren-get-into-the-engineering-spirit-at-babcock-...
 
Description Babcock Industry Meeting, 11th July 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 Exploration of each other's organisations to explore opportunities together. A number of actions for follow-up were agreed and have since been actioned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Babcock ORCA Exhibition, Rosyth 
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 Attended the exhibition and worked on the stand talking about ORCA activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Bentley Systems Industry Meeting, 3rd July 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 Presentation of ORCA Hub research and activities to assess engagement opportunities.
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 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 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 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 Blueprint Lab Industry Conference Call, 28 August 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 Discussion about Blueprint Lab's new manipulator arm and it's possible use for ORCA research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CAA Discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion with CAA representative over verification methods for UAVs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 CIFAR-UKRI-CNRS workshop on AI & Society: From Principles to Practice 
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 Joint CIFAR-UKRI-CNRS workshop on AI & Society: From Principles to Practice held at Turing Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CNR Industry Technical/Operational Support - 13th May 2019, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CNR participated in a Q&A about what working offshore is like.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chevron Industry Conference Call - 19th 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 Conference call to discuss possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chevron Industry Conference Call, 10th July 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 Provide an update on ORCA related activities.
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 Chevron Industry Meeting, 04 September 2019, Aberdeen 
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 Chevron from Houston to discuss methods of working more closely together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chevron Industry Meeting, 22 October 2019, Rotterdam 
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 Discussion about what research topics ORCA are working on that are of interest to Chevron.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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.
Multiple workshops are planned to be run as part of this groups actions.
This will be a quarterly 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 Converge Semifinalist 
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 Semifinalist in the converge challenge which involved pitching a ORCA spin-out idea to an audience of 100+
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.convergechallenge.com/
 
Description Creation of Industry use cases 
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 I n the last month thank to the hard work of David Wavell we have been engaging with several members of industry to draw a clearer picture of use cases that we can use to shape the future version of the Limpet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cross-sector Round Table on Innovation and Regulation (at Royal Academy of Engineering) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cross-sector Round Table on Innovation and Regulation, organised by NNL
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 D-RisQ Industry Meeting, 19 November 2019, Liverpool 
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 Discussion about how D-RISQ could be involved in our research.
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 - 11th June 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 Conference call to discuss a joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DOF Subsea Industry Conference Call - 17th April 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 Conference call to discuss a joint research/industry project.
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 DOF Subsea Industry Conference Call - 4th April 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 Conference call to discuss a possible joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DOF Subsea Industry Conference Call 9th May 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 Conference call to discuss a joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DOF Subsea Industry Meeting, 5th July 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 develop industry project workscope and costs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DOF Subsea and Scottish Enterprise Industry Conference Call - 22nd May 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 Conference call to discuss a joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DRISQ Industry Conference Call - 25th April 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 possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description DX3 Industry Meeting - 14th May 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 possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics Design and Fabrication (Edinburgh Academy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A day-long event where a group of school pupils attend the University of Edinburgh had a guided tour of the robotic systems at the university before learning about robotic design and then having a hands-on building and coding session on a small robot. The group got to take the robot away with them afterwards to further develop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Bathgate Academy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following: 1) Tour the campus 2) Learn about the project's work 3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot 4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot 5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab 6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Castlebrae Community High School) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following: 1) Tour the campus 2) Learn about the project's work 3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot 4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot 5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab 6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Edinburgh Academy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following:

1) Tour the campus
2) Learn about the project's work
3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot
4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot
5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab
6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform

The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (George Watsons) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following:
1) Tour the campus
2) Learn about the project's work
3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot
4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot
5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab
6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform

The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Leith Academy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following: 1) Tour the campus 2) Learn about the project's work 3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot 4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot 5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab 6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Liberton Academy) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following: 1) Tour the campus 2) Learn about the project's work 3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot 4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot 5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab 6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Preston Street Primary School) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following: 1) Tour the campus 2) Learn about the project's work 3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot 4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot 5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab 6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Day of Robotics at Heriot-watt University (Roslin Primary School) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A visit to Heriot-Watt University Robotarium where 20 pupils from the school would be able to do the following: 1) Tour the campus 2) Learn about the project's work 3) Practise coding on a Cozmo Robot 4) Practise coding on a Sphero Robot 5) Visit the Ocean System Lab, the Living Lab and the Field Robotics lab 6) Experience navigating and working with the Husky Robotics Platform The school requested further collaboration and the event sparked a huge number of questions from the pupils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Delivering Change Using Robotics at Sellafield Event, 19 September 2019, Workington 
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 Exhibitor stand at RAIN's event in conjunction with Sellafield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Demo at HWU for the Ministerial visit 
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 I along with our group presented the live demo of using the Limpet sensor and the visualisation tool to Mr Ivan Paul McKee. The demo was successful and we were able to make the impact of the usefulness of the Limpet sensor.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Demo of autonomous exploration and inspection to over 50 industrial representatives of Oil and Gas companies in Blyth (near Newcastle) 
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 Demo of autonomous exploration and inspection to over 50 industrial representatives of Oil and Gas companies in Blyth (near Newcastle)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Developing collaboration with TOTAL 
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 Developing collaboration with TOTAL on V&V and planning joint activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Discussion Forum: Marine Science, Engineering, Aquaculture & Ocean Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The University of Edinburgh has a long and proud tradition of leadership in ocean research extending back to the pioneering HMS Challenger expedition (1872-76) led by Sir Charles Wyville Thomson during his time as Regius Chair of Natural History. Today, research targeting healthy and productive oceans in Edinburgh crosses disciplines from marine science and engineering to law and policy, aquaculture genetics and health, food security, and sustainability.

Despite the excellent ocean-related research being done by individuals and small groups, the University has little cross-institutional awareness and limited external visibility in this arena. We aim to change this as we approach the 150th anniversary of the Challenger expedition in 2022, Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020 and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). To build an ocean research community at the University of Edinburgh, we invite researchers from across the University to join in a one day forum to discuss marine science, engineering and aquaculture research, and how we can move forward to increase our impact, maximise our involvement in these initiatives, and address United Nations sustainable development goals and other policy drivers.

The forum will be organised around the six societal goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science:

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed
A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected
A predictable ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions
A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards
A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply
A transparent ocean with open access to data, information and technologies
The forum will lay the groundwork for a high-level position paper outlining how the University of Edinburgh will respond to the societal goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science. It will collate information on the University's expertise, infrastructure and relevant research and teaching/capacity building activities.

Organisers: Murray Roberts (Geosciences), Sinead Collins (Biology), Ross Houston (The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies))

Agenda

0845 Registration and coffee

0915 Introduction and scene setting (Dave Robertson, Murray Roberts, Sinead Collins, Ross Houston)

0930 Scene setting talks

GeoSciences
The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Biology
SRUC
Engineering
Law
1030 Coffee

1100 Speed dating

1200 Lunch

1300 Breakout discussion on each of the six Societal Goals

1530 Coffee

1615 Report back from each Societal Goal group

1700 Meeting ends
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discussion-forum-marine-science-engineering-aquaculture-ocean-policy-...
 
Description Docker Workshop 2: Advanced Uses of Docker 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was the second of four workshops to be run as part of the Common Software Standards group.
Docker 2 was a workshop designed to build upon the first workshop and show both partners in ORCA and other interested parties how a variety of advanced uses of Docker. It was designed to be accessible via Skype and the files created can be reused. The was enthusiasm to have further hands-on workshops like this one.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 EC-OG Industry Conference Call, 15 October 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 Call to discuss to project T&Cs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EC-OG Industry Conference Call, 30 October 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 Discussion about terms of a potential joint project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Energy Industry Conference Call, 03 December 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 Discussing methods for how to progress a trial of ORCA's subsea capabilities at EDF's Blyth demonstrator site.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Energy Industry Meeting - 21st May 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 joint research/industry project opportunities and share renewable technical information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Conference Call, 07 November 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 Discussion on how best to progress the various EDF/ORCA projects in the pipeline.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Industry Conference Call, 14th August 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 Discussion to check progress on outstanding actions from a previous meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Industry Conference Call, 15th August 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 Discussion to investigate a possible Use Case EDF had for our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Industry Conference Call, 27 November 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 Discussion about gaining access to EDF wind turbine blade samples for further testing of the FMCW for this material type.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EDF Industry Conference Call, 27 September 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 Discussion on trialing the Limpet sensor on an EDF wind turbine.
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 EDF Industry Meeting, 28 October 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 Discussion about ORCA subsea capabilities and which could be of interest to EDF for potential trials at their demonstrator site.
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 Energise Your Future at Subsea Expo 2019 
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 "Energise Your Future" was a 1-day event as part of the larger SubSea 2019. It was aimed at promoting STEM careers to school students. To introduce groups of school students to the work of the ORCA Hub project myself and David Wavell engaged the students in programming and controlling mobile Sphero robots before describing the work of the ORCA Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Energy Innovation Emporium 2019 Conference - 6th June 2019, 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 Conference stand at an Energy Emporium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Equinor Industry Conference Call, 31 October 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 Showcase of ORCA's capabilities to a potential new collaborator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 EurOCEAN2019 
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 High-level science-policy conference co-organised by European Marine Board,
the European Commission and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
Our poster was selected among the 10 best submissions. As a consequence the participation to the conference was for free and I was invited to the conference.
During the conference I gave a 1 minute pitch presentation to encourage people to come and visit our poster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.euroceanconferences.eu/eurocean-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 Exhibition in DemoFest 2019 Scotland 
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 practical aspects of Limpet senors to a wider public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Field trial at Fire Service College 
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 Field trial at Fire Service College
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Flicq Industry Conference Call - 15th 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 Conference call to discuss a possible joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems workshop, Porto 
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 Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems workshop, Porto
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
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 GDi Industry Conference Call - 16th April 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 Conference call to discuss a possible joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GDi Industry Technical/Operational Support - 22nd 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 GDi provided technical and operational information about how asset integrity tasks are carried out offshore.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GE Renewables Industry Virtual Presentation - 20th 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 possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GE and ORE Catapult Industry Conference Call - 26th April 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 a possible joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GE, Rope Robotics & ORE Catapult Industry Conference Call - 9th May 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 a joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GE, Rope Robotics, ORE Catapult Industry Conference Call - 1st May 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 a joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Govenlock Europa Industry Meeting - 10th April 2019, Southampton 
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 joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture in the Multi-Agent Systems class for Master students at the University of Genova 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Rafael C. Cardoso and Angelo Ferrando gave an overview of three of the ISCF RAI Hubs (FAIR-SPACE, ORCA and RAIN) and discussed their research in the hubs during the first part of the lecture. In the second part of the lecture the speakers presented the 2019 Multi-Agent Programming Contest and discussed the strategies used by their team to win first place in the Contest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/LivUni_AVLab/status/1187706140106379264
 
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 HWU Research Festival talk, November 17th 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact HWU Research Festival talk, November 17th
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/research-futures/heriot-watt-festival-of-research-2019.htm
 
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 Simon Reeve (VP of Lloyds Register Foundation) in his capacity of oversight of ORCA 
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 Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted Simon Reeve (VP of Lloyds Register Foundation) in his capacity of oversight of ORCA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hosted Stefan Leuteneggar from Imperial. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact hosted Stefan Leuteneggar from Imperial.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 ICAS 19 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 a paper to an international audience. Received best paper award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 demonstration day at 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 Presentation of HRI explainable interfaces for autonomous robots, including real-time demo, to industry representatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Interactive presentation of 'Engineering and Robots' at South Morning Primary School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact An interactive presentation to the whole of the primary 3 year at South Morningside Primary School. The presentation talked about how you can become an engineer, what the ORCA project does and the pupils had the opportunity to engage with a couple of the robots that were brought.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 International Robotics Showcase, Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attended an exhibition and worked on the ORCA stand to engage with industry and the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Women in Engineering Day 2019: 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 Postgraduate students
Results and Impact International Women in Engineering Day 2019: Interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://eng.ed.ac.uk/about/news/20190702/international-women-engineering-day-2019-interview-dr-simon...
 
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 Interview for the The Academical magazine 
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 An interview for The Academical magazine based on the work being done in ORCA and the life of Dr McConnell up to that point.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited Demonstration at the Intelligent Connected Things (ICoT) 2020 conference 
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 A day-long demonstration of the Limpet sensing system to an audience particularly interested in the deployment of IoT systems for environmental monitoring and education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited guest lecture on Privacy-Aware Machine Learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A talk for undergraduate students where I discussed the importance of privacy in Machine Learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited lecture on marine robotics, included the description of ORCA and some results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 CyPhyAssure Spring School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk at CyPhyAssure Spring School
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Kings College London (KCL) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk at Kings College London (KCL), title: "Motion Planning for Quadrupedal Robots"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 The student conference on The Future of Intelligent Sensing and Measurement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An invited talk where I discussed about our work on extreme environment using Limpet sensors. The event was held in Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Invited talk at the Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Conference in Edinburgh on May 22nd 
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 Invited talk at the Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Conference in Edinburgh on May 22nd
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Virtual Presentation - 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 Kawasaki Industry Meeting, 12th July 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 provide an update on an existing project and provide update on ORCA related activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Lego Rovers: Light Night 
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 I ran an outreach stand at Light Night (Liverpool's free one-night arts and culture festival) for the Lego Rovers activity (developed by Dr Louise Dennis at the University of Liverpool). I talked to members of the general public (old and young) about autonomous robotics and AI, while demonstrating several Lego Rover robots in both remote control and autonomous modes. This sparked many questions from both the children and adults, which were much wider than just the concepts in the activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk/
 
Description Lego Rovers: Liverpool World Museum 
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 Four workshops (with up to 10 groups in each workshop) for the Lego Rovers outreach activity (developed by Dr Louise Dennis at the University of Liverpool). We guided the groups of children through a series of activities with their Lego Rover robot. First, they were shown how to remote control the robot; then we introduced a delay to their remote control, to simulate the robot being on the moon; then we explained the idea of AI and autonomous systems and allowed them to play with adding rules to the robot to make it take actions by itself.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk/
 
Description Lego Rovers: Speke Hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A two day event at Speke Hall, Liverpool where we ran a series of workshops (with up to 10 groups in each workshop) for the Lego Rovers outreach activity (developed by Dr Louise Dennis at the University of Liverpool). We guided the groups of children through a series of activities with their Lego Rover robot. First, they were shown how to remote control the robot; then we introduced a delay to their remote control, to simulate the robot being on the moon; then we explained the idea of AI and autonomous systems and allowed them to play with adding rules to the robot to make it take actions by itself.
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 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 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 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 (at VEC) Industry Meeting, 07 October 2019, Warrington 
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 for University of Liverpool to showcase their work and use of the VEC facilities to aid project exploration with Lloyd's Register.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lloyd's Register Industry Conference Call, 06 November 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 Discussion with Lloyd's Register in Singapore about what research we have that could help with removing people from confined space tank inspection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Local talk in London (Laura Margcheri) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Laura also talked about her experience at Imperial during a local event on March 8, showing the AcquaMAV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/2602419949830206/
 
Description 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 European Space Agency (ESA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with ESA about potential project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 Merkle Aquila Industry Meeting, 25 September 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 Exploratory meeting to discuss areas of mutual interest outside our the existing project ORCA is involved in with them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Microsoft Industry Conference Call, 07 November 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 Showcase of ORCA's capabilities to a potential new collaborator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ministerial Visit 
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 We presented the Limpet to the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee. The minister visited Heriot-Watt University where we presented the new Limpet dashboard and the husky interacting with the Limpet for the first time.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ministerial visit, Joanna Cherry Oct 25th 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Ministerial visit, Joanna Cherry Oct 25th 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.hw.ac.uk/news/articles/2019/edinburgh-mp-views-next-gen-offshore.htm
 
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 Mocean Energy Industry Conference Call - 8th May 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 Conference call to discuss possible joint research/industry project opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Modus Industry Conference Call - 26th 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 a possible joint research/industry project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 NSRI Industry Meeting, 04 September 2019, Aberdeen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meeting with the National Subsea Research Institute to discuss areas of mutual interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 - 28th March 2019, Aberdeen 
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 Met with ILOP Chair to gather industry feedback on Use Cases we should be using to guide our research direction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 OGTC UAV Industry Engagement Session, 4th July 2019, 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 A workshop held by the OGTC about the future of UAVs and what the industry would like to see.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ORCA Audience & Public Engagement Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The 'Audience Engagement training' consisted of multiple training activities that are aimed to let people experience different public engagement scenarios and how to deal with any problems that may arise.
We also discussed what the aims are for Royal Society Summer of Science Exhibition and why ORCA is participating and how we aim to express this to the public.
A member of the Heriot-Watt University Public Engagement team will give a presentation on how to engage with children and will be available throughout the event for questions.
If you have a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, please bring a copy of the certificate with you.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Demo Day, Blythe 
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 Demonstration of distributed UAV simulation with rational agents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ORCA Demo Day, Moreton-in-Marsh 
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 Demonstration of UAV simulator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Demonstrations ORE Catapult 
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 Demonstrations ORE Catapult
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://orcahub.org/innovation/capability-demonstrations/2019-demonstrations-1
 
Description ORCA Field Trial 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 Industry representatives (primarily from the Oil/Gas Energy sector) attended live robotics demonstrations of capability at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, which sparked interest and discussion for technology transfer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Demonstrations in 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 Demonstration to industry representatives of autonomous inspection of facilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://orcahub.org/articles/a-summary-of-the-blyth-capability-demonstrations,
 
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 Hub collaboration meeting (skype) 
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 ORCA Hub collaboration meeting (skype)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ORCA Industry Exhibition 
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 Exhibition of research to ORCA Industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ORCA Industry Think Tank meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Think Tank engagement session with representatives from the Oil&Gas sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ORCA 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 Meeting industry and policymakers from the energy sector and discussing current capabilities and research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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