Industrialists, academics and students gathered in Edinburgh yesterday to launch a new Centre aimed at developing robots which can act independently and which they believe will revolutionise society in the next twenty years.
The Guardian's Smallword Nanotech reports on interdisciplinary research carried out between ERPE, University of Edinburgh School of Chemistry and private firm Nanoflex Ltd. You can read the full article below and find further links to the research group, the researchers, their work and publications.
ERPE research into the ‘stickiness’ of hundreds of organic compounds could be the key to improving the detection of microscopic water bugs that cause millions of cases of vomiting and diarrhoea each year.
PhD student Alan Faulkner-Jones, from the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering within ERPE, has been nominated in the Inspirational Individual category of the 2014 3D Printshow Global Awards.
The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), of which Heriot-Watt is the Administrative University, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Ian Phillips, shortly after it received a further £1.66 million from the Scottish Funding Council to support industry innovation.
A major international symposium at ERPE, Heriot-Watt University this week will be considering the future development of robots as they provide care for the elderly and infirm, conduct emergency rescue and security work in inhospitable environments, learn to work increasingly independently and react to human body language to become more effective human companions.