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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

The Robotics Laboratory

Robotics Lab Side BannerRobotics is on the cusp of an exciting new era as robots are becoming more reactive, intelligent and human-like, as well as finding applications in a range of industries including consumer and healthcare robotics. For this reason we have embedded the latest cutting edge technologies in the new Robotics Laboratory. Here, you can experiment and interact with computers running industry-standard and up-to-date specialist software (e.g. Matlab, Visual Studio, 3D Studio Max), Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality interfaces (e.g. Oculus Rift), exotic robots and 3D printing facilities.

Equipment 

The Robotics Laboratory includes: 

  • Embedded systems and physical computing devices (Arduino, Makey Makey) and sensors
  • IEEE 802.15.1 and IEEE 802.11 communication modules
  • Wearable & biomedical sensors (including transducers for the monitoring human position, blood pressure, body temperature, breathing, ECG, EMG)
  • Brain Computer and Virtual Reality interfaces (Emotiv Helmet, Oculus Rift, Head Mounted Displays, Sony 3D viewer)‌‌
  • Motion capture systems (Leap Motion, Microsoft Kinect devices)
  • Micro & large scale drones
  • Haptic device (Novint Falcon, MicroDrives Development Haptics Kit)
  • Hewlett Packard DesignJet 3D printer
  • An extensive set of software, including Programming Languages like Visual Studio (Microsoft Corp), Matlab (The Mathworks Inc), 3D Studio Max, Processing, Arduino IDE
  • Exotic robotic devices
      • Kilobot swarm robots
      • Nao Aldebaran
      • i-Sobot
      • FlowCode Robotic Buggies
      • Moway Robotic Buggies
      • Robo Builder

Expertise ‌

Staff in the Robotics Laboratory bring together inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research interests with substantial experiences in the fields of UAV, Artificial Intelligence, Bio-mimetics, Robotics and Sensors, as well as Computer Science and Informatics. The Laboratory aims to facilitate research endeavour into Intelligent Systems, UAV, Biologically Inspired devices, Drones and Robots.

The Laboratory has been recognised as an established Research Group within the University. Staff have collaborative links with researchers at other national and international universities, companies and research centres.

The underlying philosophy motivating the research of the Laboratory is to apply, besides traditional techniques, novel methods to problems of robot navigation, human robot interaction, sensor perception and integration.

If you would like to read more about our Robotics Lab, please see our Robotics Lab Information Leaflet

Robotics Research Project

 

Research Project

  • Development of a 3D printed pick and place miniaturized robotic arm
  • Biomedical robotics application for controlling in human-like fashion a robotic hand through EMG signals
  • Enhancing haptic feedback in VR (Virtual Reality) environment through marker less motion capture system
  • Development of a low cost robot for HRI (Human Robot Interaction)
  • EEG Based BCI (Brain Computer Interface) Prosthetic Using Motor Imagery.
  • Image from a project in collaboration between the University and and Haute Ecole Libre Mosan