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Plymouth Humanoids
The Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) is the UK’s leading university developing small humanoid robots. Our robots are 40cm tall and use over 20 high-speed digital servo motors for controlling the movement of the head, arms and legs. They use the latest low power multi-processor architecture to process a range of camera and sensor information which is used to control robot balance, motion, navigation and game play strategy. The hardware and software is designed and developed by a team students and staff from computing, electronics, mechanics and robotics with the aim of winning international robot sport competitions.
In 2012 the Plymouth Humanoids became the first ever UK team to compete in the RoboCup Humanoid league, which is the robotic equivalent to the football World Cup.  We also won gold in the marathon and silver in the sprint events at the FIRA International RoboWorld Cup athletics competition held in Bristol in August 2012. With over 15 years’ experience we aim to become the robot football world champions in 2014 and to inspire the next generation of robotics engineers.

Undergraduate courses

BSc (Hons) Robotics
BEng (Hons) Robotics
MEng (Hons) Robotics

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 Plymouth Humanoids team photo 2013

Plymouth Humanoids 2013


Established in 1997 the Plymouth Humanoids are UK's leading world class robot football team.

FIRA 2012



Watch the promotional film for the Robot Humanoids
RoboCup 2011 – The Humanoid League


Since 2007 the Plymouth Humanoids have been developing their next generation bipedal robot footballers. 

Drake model 2013


Plymouth Humanoids are inspiring out future robotics engineers around the world.  They visited the IET TechFest in India in 2012.

IET TechFest India 2012

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Plymouth Humanoids
Plymouth University
Portland Square, B103

Tel: +441752586247

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