Robotics equipment
Our robotics facilities and specialist laboratories enable a hands-on approach to learning. 
Based on the main city-centre campus, we have a number of different laboratories and robots on the upper two floors of the Smeaton building.

Robots used for teaching and student projects

Students on our robotics courses have use of both custom in-house and industrial robots during their studies. In addition, we have a range of robots and platforms that can us used for student projects, including robot dogs and drones.
The Mitsubishi robots are used to introduce students to high precision industrial robotics for pick and place tasks, although they are occasionally used for playing chess and for handling cloth for service robotics applications.
For learning control theory, in the 2nd year we have fifteen pole-balancing robots operated by microcontrollers, so students can experience a real-world application of control engineering.
We now have twenty-one Plymouth OWL robot – for stereo vision using Raspberry Pi computer board with twin OV5647 cameras. These link to host PCs for vision analysis and servo control. You will learn how to handle eye and neck servo control, and the OpenCV computation for stereo vergence, disparity and saccadic eye modelling for the third year and motion analysis for MSc Robotics .
To support robotic development, we offer rapid prototyping printers supporting PLA, ABS, Nylon, conductive elastomer and other materials, that are dedicated to robotics and electronic engineering students in our project laboratory. In addition, AutoCAD Fusion 360 design and Modelling software is available on over 30 workstations for our students. We also have additional mechanical workshop facilities including laser cutting. 

Laboratories and robotic facilities used for research

Motor Learning and Robotics Lab

Research in the  Motor Learning and Robotics Lab covers a range of periods in brain development as well as different motor systems: from the acquisition of speech in infants to the learning of novel arm movement in adults. We have designed and built a range of robotic interfaces which have facilitated research both in our laboratory and in groups in the UK and internationally. In addition, we run experiments with human participants to investigate and better understand the human sensorimotor system.
Bimanual Vbot robotic manipulandum 
The vBOT is a custom-built back-drivable 2 degree of freedom planar robotic device.
3DOF robotic manipulandum arms
These includes a 3BOT manipulandum, as well as a smaller 3DOF manipulandum. The former is a extension of the VBOT manipulandum that operates in 3 dimensional space. 
Worm-drive robotic arm
This is 3D printed 3DOF arm that is actuated using worm-drive motors. 
Tendon co-contraction rig
This can be used to examine strategies to control and modulate the stiffness of a single link robot arm.
Inverted pendulum rig
These are more sophistically version of the inverted pendulums use for teaching.

SoAIR Laboratory 

The SoAIR Laboratory laboratory focuses on different topics that combine multidisciplinary knowledge in robotics and AI, cognitive science, and computational linguistics.
iCub robot
Baxter Robot
A two-armed robot with an animated screen that is capable of grasping objects during human-robot collaboration.
Pepper Robot
A humanoid robot used in different applications like education and entertainment.
ICub Robot
A full humanoid robot capable of grasping objects and interacting with people and the environment. It is an ideal platform for related research to embodied cognition.

Centre of Research excellence in Intelligent and Sustainable Productive Systems (CRISPS)

CRISPS brings together a vibrant community of transdisciplinary researchers, working towards addressing the challenge of sustainably feeding a global population of 9 billion.
We work with regional farmers to prototype low-cost robotics solutions and are driving innovation in controlled environment research with industrial partners.
The ReCon Soil project brings together scientists, industry and educators to revolutionise how construction waste materials are managed.  The team are developing novel ways to deploy soil sensors via an agricultural robotic platform, enabling semi-autonomous soil monitoring.