UK Robotics Week boosted by three-year funding

Posted on 16 May 2019 and read 568 times
UK Robotics Week boosted by three-year fundingThe fourth annual UK Robotics Week, which will celebrate robotics and autonomous systems innovation in the last week of June, has been boosted by the award of a further three-year grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to the core organisers — the EPSRC UK-RAS Network.

Full details can be found at the Web site (www.ukras.org/robotics-week).

This new grant will fund the Network’s activities through to 2022 and accelerate the Network’s future growth, “including strengthening industry collaboration both nationally and internationally and providing key support for the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund”.

It will also enable the Network to continue to grow the RAS community and undertake new activities, such as establishing Industrial Fellowship schemes and managing national RAS assets, as well as building on its “current public engagement portfolio with greater activities during the annual UK Robotics Week and STEM ambassador programmes”.

The annual UK Robotics Week is now regarded as the leading national event in robotics and autonomous systems, and it encompasses over 180 events nation-wide; these include competitions and challenges, public lectures, Open Days, symposia, ‘hackathons’ and workshops.

Lynn Gladden, the EPSRC’s executive chairman, said: “The Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network has played a key role in co-ordinating and linking academic centres, the EPSRC Robotics Hubs and industrial partners, to share knowledge and drive innovation.

“This additional funding for the Network will allow it to build on this work and push the UK’s capabilities further.”

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