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The Robotics Centre

Climbing robot, Robotics Research Centre, LSBU

Developing mobile robots for inspections and assistive and wearable robots

The Robotics Centre develops mobile robots for the inspection of safety critical infrastructure located in extreme and hazardous environments. In addition, it researches assistive robots for medical rehabilitation and an ageing population.

The Centre is a pioneer in the use of mobile robots for the automation of non-destructive testing. It has developed wall climbing and underwater robots for the in-situ inspection of petrochemical storage tanks, pressure vessels, off-shore infrastructure such as wind blades, mooring chains, oil and gas flexible risers, and floating platforms. The Centre collaborates with TWI Ltd and its industrial members via the London South Bank Innovation Centre (LSBIC) to research and develop automation and robotics for non-destructive testing. The LSBIC team comprising of postgraduate research fellows and PhD students is permanently based in TWI Ltd in Cambridge.

Our expertise

Research expertise is held in the following areas:

  • Innovative mobile climbing and underwater robots for the non-destructive testing of safety critical infrastructure located in remote and hazardous environments.
  • Assistive and wearable robots.
  • Adaptive/intelligent computing and control for autonomous robots.
  • Geometrical methods applied to robot dynamics and kinematics.

Our achievements

The Centre has developed eight innovative robots via six European framework projects and two EPSRC funded projects. It is currently developing robotics for inspection via three H2020 FTI and five InnovateUK funded projects.

The robotic NDT research was selected by the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering for their exhibitions in 2010 and 2011.

The research has won thirteen awards for innovation in industrial robots and best papers based on the research into robotic NDT and six best paper awards for research into prosthetics for paraplegic subjects, control of flexible manipulators and architectures for real-time active vibration control.

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