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EPSRC Reference: EP/V000748/1
Title: From Sensing to Collaboration: Engineering, Exploring and Exploiting the Building Blocks of Embodied Intelligence - An EPSRC Programme Grant
Principal Investigator: Posner, Professor I
Other Investigators:
Fleming, Dr S Maiolino, Professor P p Newman, Professor PM
Berthouze, Professor NL Hawes, Professor N
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Accenture LLP Australian Centre for Robotic Vision Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd (ASV)
Bossanova BP Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
Honda Ocado Group Oxfordshire County Council
Saga Robotics (International) Shadow Robot Company Ltd
Department: Engineering Science
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 November 2020 Ends: 31 October 2025 Value (£): 5,994,620
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Human-Computer Interactions
Robotics & Autonomy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Transport Systems and Vehicles
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Jul 2020 Programme Grant Interviews - 8 July 2020 (Element) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Our robots are too specialised, too impoverished in their sensing, too uncooperative and too unsafe to be productive at scale. To contribute to productivity in strategically important areas such as social care, manufacturing, logistics, service, inspection or agriculture, future generations of robots need to be able to sense, interpret, act, navigate, coordinate and collaborate with an hitherto unprecedented acuity.

VISION: The overarching aim of this research programme is to deliver autonomous systems which amplify human capacity and potential. These robots must be capable of performing a broad array of bespoke tasks effectively, and with a minimum of operator intervention. In a sustainable national centre of excellence we will grow the technology and people substrate for robust embodied intelligence, i.e. the science and technology to enable robots to robustly and flexibly act, interact and collaborate in the real world.

STRATEGY: Our focus is on engineering, exploring and exploiting the building blocks of integrated embodied intelligence to deliver autonomous systems which, over the course of their life-time, acquire the sensing, perception, manipulation, navigation, collaboration and problem solving abilities required to allow them to operate unaided while significantly enhancing human productivity. We will significantly expand the reach and versatility of robots in domains of strategic and commercial value by exploiting synergies across research disciplines, which only emerge when deploying robot systems. In doing so we are driven by both fundamental science questions and real-world applications. Together with our partners, we have a clear scope in mind: versatile, collaborative robots whose societal and economic footprint is vast. Our work will underpin a national strategic aim with a carefully considered and coherent programme of research: from sensing to collaboration.
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