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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.

Research expertise

  • 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.

Investigated topics

  • Innovative mobile robots for the non-destructive testing of safety critical infrastructure located in remote and hazardous environments via partnership between TWI Ltd and the London South Bank Innovation Centre (LSBIC) for Automation of NDT.
  • Assistive and wearing robots.
  • Adaptive/intelligent computing and control for autonomous robots.
  • Geometrical methods applied to robot dynamics and kinematics.

Current projects

  • H2020 FTI TANKROB, In-service intrusive NDT of petrochemical storage tank floors and walls. Visit the TankRob Facebook page.
  • H2020 FTI RISERSURE Rapid Integrity Assessment of Flexible Risers for Offshore Oil and Gas Installations.
  • H2020 FTI WINSPECTOR Advanced shearography  platform for on-site inspection  of blades.
  • EPSRC/IUK, SIRCAUR, Safe Inspection of Reinforced Concrete in Air and Underwater.
  • EPSRC/IUK, RIMCAW, Robotic Inspection of Mooring Chains in Air and Water.
  • IUK, NAUTILUS, Bathyscaphic Robotic Floor Thickness Monitoring of Hazardous Liquid Storage Tanks.
  • IUK, ROBO-PACK, The development of an advanced robotic manipulator for rapid inspection and packing of fresh produce.
  • IUK, FSWBOT, Friction Stir Welding Crawler for Internal Repair and Refurbishment of Pipelines.
  • IUK, ROBOTX, Robotic digital X-ray scanning system for deep water flexible riser inspection.
  • IUK, RADBLAD, In-service X-ray radiography of off-shore wind blades (RADBLAD).
  • IUK, AWI, Autonomous phased array ultrasound robotic NDT of long weld lines.

Key facilities

The Centre maintains a workshop in TWI, Granta Park, Cambridge and has access to extensive TWI facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. It also has a large dedicated research laboratory in the university with small machining tools, steel structures, a small water tank, industrial control systems, NDT equipment  and four Adept mobile robots.

Prof. Tariq Sattar

Prof. Tariq Sattar

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: TWI Chair and Director of the London South Bank Innovation Centre
Telephone: 020 7815 7518

Prof. Sattar's expertise is in Control Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics.


Dr Jon Selig

Dr Jon Selig

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Associate Professor
Telephone: 020 7815 7461

Dr Selig's research interests are in the area of geometry and robotics.


Prof. M. Osman Tokhi

Prof. M. Osman Tokhi

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Division
Telephone: 0207 815 7533

Prof. Tokhi is world authority in active control of noise and vibration and has specialist knowledge and expertise in robotics, control and systems engineering. He has authored/co-authored in excess of 750 publications, including research monographs, text books, and journal and conference research articles in these areas, and has supervised more than 55 PhD projects to successful completion.


Dr Shyamal Mondal

Dr Shyamal Mondal

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7175

Shymal has a background in automated system, followed by an MSc in Real Time System. He has many years of experience in NDT research projects. His research interests are in automated NDT, control systems and mechatronics. He teaches mechatronics and control across mechanical courses.


Dr Fang Duan

Dr Fang Duan

School/Division: Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Job title: Lecturer;  Director of Intelligent Condition Monitoring and Asset Management Research Centre
Telephone: 020 7815 7578

Dr Fang Duan is a Lecturer in School of Engineering as well as the Director of Intelligent Condition Monitoring and Asset Management Research Centre.


Research staff

The London South Bank Innovation Centre (LSBIC) for the Automation of Non-destructive Testing is based in TWI Ltd Cambridge and the team there collaborates with LSBU research staff and postgraduate students to develop innovative mobile robots for non-destructive testing of safety critical infrastructure located in extreme environments. Prof. Sattar directs the affiliated centre's research.

LSBIC staff

  • Dr Michael Corsar, Technical Manager
  • Dr Aman Preet Kaur, Research Fellow
  • Dr Gabriela Gallegos, Research Fellow
  • Dr Tho Nguyen, Research Fellow
  • Dr Bingyin Ma, Research Fellow
  • Dr Ousmane Oumar, Research Fellow
  • Vitor Fernandez, Research Fellow
  • Mahesh Pandit Dissanayake, Research Fellow
  • Richard Anvo, Research Fellow

Additional affiliated staff

  • Golnaz Massoodi, Collaborative Projects Officer
  • Shiva Amin, Project Coordinator
  • Emma Satchell, Project Coordinator
  • Professor Gurvinder S. Virk, Visiting Researcher

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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