The National Robotarium: evolution

2022

July

The National Robotarium Timecapsule

Time Capsule

Time capsule buried at National Robotarium site by P4 pupils from Nethercurrie Primary School.

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2022

May

Orca

Robotic wind farm foundation

ORCA Hub at The National Robotarium and EDF make history by completing first ever autonomous robotic wind farm foundation.

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2021

September

Stewart Miller, CEO of The National Robotarium

First CEO Appointed

Stewart Miller, a former Chief Technology Officer at Innovate UK and distinguished business leader in aeronautics, is appointed at The National Robotarium’s first Chief Executive Officer.

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2021

August

World's first robotic squash coach

World’s first robotic squash coach

World’s first robotic squash coach is developed at The National Robotarium

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2021

June

ORCA

ORCA Hub secures additional £2.5m funding.

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2021

March

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

Construction begins on the £22.4m facility at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus.

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2020

November

The National Robotarium

autonomous systems project

£3m funding secured for project to explore trust in autonomous systems project, led by The National Robotarium.

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2020

October

Academic leads

Academic Leads

Professors Helen Hastie, Yvan Petillot, Sethu Vijayakumar and Adam Stokes announced as first academic leads.

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2021

June

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics receives £18m to expand its EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS). Cutting-edge research undertaken at the Centre will underpin future testing and development at The National Robotarium.

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2018

December

City Region Deal

Business case approved

Business case for the creation of the National Robotarium approved by Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Committee.

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2018

August

Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal

Historic funding confirmed

£1.3bn funding announced for historic Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal

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2017

October

RCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets)

ORCA

ORCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) Hub is awarded £14.3m by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to develop robotic and AI technologies for use by the international offshore energy industry.

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