• Sept 2023

    The National Robotarium celebrates first birthday


  • Sept 2023

    Edinburgh and City Region Deal reaches 5-year mark

  • Aug 2023

    Dr Ingo Keller named as first Head of Robotics

  • July 2023

    Professor Oliver Lemon appointed as new academic lead for Heriot-Watt

  • June 2023

    Public engagement team Highly Commended at Heriot-Watt staff awards

  • June 2023

    National Robotarium launch event campaign wins PRCA Dare Scotland award

  • June 2023

    First commercial buyer of a Tom v4. Robot for per-plant farming;

  • May 2023

    Sustainability in construction partnership forged with BE-ST

  • May 2023

    Over 1400 learners engage with virtual soft robotics live lesson for Scottish Computer Science Week 2023

  • April 2023

    Student team reach finals of global Amazon Simbot Challenge

  • April 2023

    Crover moves into the National Robotarium

  • January 2023

    The potential of the National Robotarium debated in Scottish Parliament

  • September 2022

    Touchlab Ltd. become the first official industry residents;

  • September 2022

    Partnership agreement signed with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

  • September 2022

    Official launch of the National Robotarium by Sir John McCanny CBE

  • July 2022

    Time Capsule

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

  • May 2022

    Robotic Wind Farm Foundation

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

  • September 2021

    First CEO Appointed

    Stewart Miller, CEO of The National Robotarium

    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.

  • August 2021

    World’s First Robotic Squash Coach

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

  • June 2021


    ORCA Hub secures additional £2.5m funding.

  • March 2021

    Breaking Ground

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

  • November 2020

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

  • October 2020

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

    Academic leads

  • June 2019

    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.

  • December 2018

    Business Case Approved

    City Region Deal

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

  • December 2018

    Historic Funding Confirmed

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

  • October 2017


    RCA (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets)

    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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