Prof. Jian Dai first in UK to receive ASME Award

In August of this year, Professor Jian Dai of the Department of Informatics at the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, was awarded the “Mechanisms and Robotics Award” at the 39th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference held in Boston, USA. The award was given for lifelong contributions to mechanisms and robotics by the American Society…

Soft Robots at King’s CoRe

The Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) at King’s College London is developing technology for “soft robots”. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Taking inspiration from the natural world, these robots have soft exteriors that make them safer and more adept for collaboration with humans. Al Jazeera visited King’s CoRe to report on the latest developments…

STIFF-FLOP in the News

Taking inspiration from the realm of soft-bodied animals, a European-wide team of engineers, biologists and surgeons coordinated by roboticists at King’s College London have made new ground in the framework of EU project STIFF-FLOP (STIFFness controllable Flexible and Learnable manipulator for surgical OPerations) creating soft and stiffness-controllable robotic devices specifically for minimally-invasive surgery. Here, a…

King’s Robot Receptionist Design Competition

The Department of Informatics, King’s College London, is running a competition to design the face of Kinba – the new King’s College London robotic receptionist in the Strand Campus, who will succeed the legendary, cheeky chatty robot receptionist Inkha. Inkha has been faithfully attending the Strand Campus reception for more than 10 years now, and…

Access the UK’s commercial opportunities in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Learn about the UK’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems sector from leading innovators and academics such as Ian Stevens, Chief Executive Officer at Touch Bionics, Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Head of Centre for Robotics Research at Kings College, London, and Professor David Lane, Chair of the Robotics and Autonomous System Special Interest Group appearing via 3D hologram…

Events Space at COLLECT – Monday 11 May, 11.15am – Matthew Howard

COLLECT 2015 – Beyond Craft – Crafts Council The Crafts Council’s 2014 research Measuring the Craft Economy found that craft skills in industries beyond the creative sector generate over £2.4bn GVA per year. Here, textile artist Karina Thompson, with her collaborator Dr Matthew Howard, King’s College London, and Chloe Meineck share their experiences of working…

RoboSoft Newsletter with latest news from King’s CoRe

RoboSoft is a Coordination Action for Soft Robotics funded by the European Commission under the Future and Emerging Technologies – FET- Open Scheme (FP7-ICT-2013-C project # 619319). The March 2015 newsletter which also contains latest progress of the CoRe’s inflatable manipulator can be found here.

Service Robots – Flexible Helpers in Professional Use at CoRe

Service robotics in Europe is on the rise. The market entrance of Google, the establishment of the “Robo-Stox” index in 2013, special reports in magazines such as “The Economist” or “Der Spiegel” show it: service robotics is on the threshold of entering a new maturity level. Service robotics conquers new, commercial fields of application and…

The 2015 Innovative Surgical Robotics Forum – 18 March 2015

This event is for any healthcare professional, academic or company interested in discussing the challenges, current barriers and ways to move forward in the arena of surgical robots. The global market for medical robotics and computer-assisted surgical (MRCAS) equipment was worth nearly $2.7 billion in 2013. The market is projected to approach $3.3 billion in…