Dr Adam Stokes is a specialist in soft robotics and spent some time speaking with Sky News about the future this technology. Soft robotics are changing the way that we interact with robots as they are created from pliable material which has strength, but won't cause damage.
Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.
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.
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.
A new £10 million innovation hub, which will bring together Scottish universities, including Heriot-Watt, with industry partners has been launched in Glasgow by Fergus Ewing, MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.
Two new postgraduate training centres, aimed at producing tomorrow's top engineers and scientists, will be led by Heriot-Watt University as part of a £350m initiative announced by Science Minister David Willetts.
ERPE research has accelerated the growth of spinout company SeeByte Ltd into the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, continually innovating products for the offshore energy and defence markets.
Founded from a 2011 conversation through the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics (ERPem), and the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), EDU-RAS harnesses the potential of up to 50 world leading investigators from 16 cross disciplinary research groups and Institutes across the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences and The Department of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University and the Schools of Informatics and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.