Oxford Brookes University to open brand new robotics laboratoryBy Oxford Brookes The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment Aug 24, 2013 9:50AM UTC
This autumn, Oxford Brookes Department of Computing and Communication Technologies will open a new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory in which to continue its world-leading research in the field.
Oxford Brookes has engaged in important research in Artificial Intelligence for more than 10 years, making significant contributions to state-of-the-art technology in areas such as computer vision (where computers ‘see’ and understand the world around them), machine learning (where computers learn from experience) and bio-inspired computing (using observations from biology to develop new computing technologies).
The laboratory at Brookes will encompass research in human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robotics.
One of the first robots in the lab will be RoboThespian, a life-size humanoid robot that is fully interactive, multilingual and user-friendly. RoboThespian is a powerful and versatile research platform that comes with a range of tools, making it accessible to both novices and those conducting cutting-edge research in human-robot interaction. A web-based interface means that students will be able to remotely access and control RoboThespian. Nigel Crook, Head of Computing and Communications Technologies, commented:
“It’s a very exciting time to be involved in robotics research. Robots are no longer restricted to the factory floor or research labs – they are being increasingly used in homes, hospitals and other public places. This means that the way robots interact with humans has become an important area of research.
This will be the primary focus of our new Cognitive Robotics laboratory: to develop robots that are capable of interacting intelligently with humans in the same way that humans interact with each other. Our vision is to develop robots that you can have a conversation with, that can help you to solve a problem or that can work with you to achieve something you couldn’t achieve on your own.”