We are the National Robotarium, the UK’s centre for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Located on Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus, we create innovative solutions to global challenges, working directly with industry to test and develop robotic, AI and automated technologies and rapidly move pioneering research from lab to market.

We foster the teaching and development of the next generation of roboticists, producing highly-skilled graduates who are trained to conduct world-leading research with a market focus, and developing programmes to equip the current and future workforce with robotics, data and programming skills.

We also deliver incubation and business acceleration support for start-up technology companies, providing them with access to labs, office space, equipment, and engineering expertise to develop their ideas, attract inward investment, and shape the future of robotics.

Our Manifesto

Reaping the Rewards of the Robotics Revolution: Making the UK an active player in the future global economy

Annual Report 2023

The National Robotarium Annual Report 2022-23

A Synergy of Research and Engineering 

The National Robotarium leverages existing research and industry expertise to address the global demand for disruptive innovation in robotics and autonomous systems. Building capacity across complementary areas of embedded intelligence and expert systems, we provide a link to other UK and international research.

Developing solutions for industry

We work with partners globally to solve industry challenges through the application of robotics and AI.

Cutting-edge research

Our work is underpinned by ground-breaking science from experts in the fields of robotics, data and artificial intelligence.

Accelerating Business

We work with SMEs and other companies to adopt robotic solutions that can accelerate growth, attract investment and benefit society.

Talent and Skills

With a strong focus on entrepreneurship, job creation and building digital skills in the workforce, we nurture the development of robotics expertise in the UK.

Our Facility

The National Robotarium’s £22.4m state-of-the-art facility boasts hi-spec laboratories and collaboration space dedicated to the development and testing of robotic and AI solutions.

A hub for Data-Driven Innovation

The National Robotarium is a Data-Driven Innovation hub, funded in partnership with The University of Edinburgh as part of the £1.5bn Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal.

The Deal is supported with £300m funding from the UK Government and £300m funding from the Scottish Government.

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