Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Teams to create 'real-world' robots

Robots which could operate as security guards or care home assistants of the future are being developed in a British-led £7.2m project.

Researchers working on the spatio-temporal representations and activities for cognitive control in long-term scenarios project are developing the software needed by robots which would allow them to work in an office or a hospital.

The long-term aim of the work is in creating mobile, independent robots with practical real-world applications and which can run unaided for days at a time.

Dr Nick Hawes, lecturer in intelligent robotics at the University of Birmingham, is coordinating work at the eight sites taking part in the project including universities in Austria,Germany and the Royal Institute and Sweden.

Dr Tom Duckett, director of the Lincoln centre for autonomous systems research and a professor of computer science at Lincoln University, said: "In a security scenario a robot will be required to perform regular patrols and continually inspect its surroundings.

"In a care home a robot will be required to act as an assistant for elderly patients, fetching and carrying things while also being alert to incidents such as people falling over."

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