Robotics

Leeds is home to the EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotics, a £4.3 million investment that is making the University of Leeds a world leader in robot design and construction.  Our research includes work on unconventional locomotion systems for challenging environments, and additive manufacturing. This can be of relevance to the oil and gas sector, and we are open to working with industry to find innovative, robotics-driven solutions to key oil and gas problems.

Key academic contact: Dr Jordan Boyle

This biologically-inspired worm robot is controlled by a model of the nervous system of the nematode C. elegans – a commonly studied model organism.
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This miniature robot prototype was developed for inspection of the human colon, as an alternative to conventional colonoscopy.
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We are currently developing a highly unusual 3D printing system built around industrial robot arms, one of which holds the build tray while the other holds the material extruder.
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