UCL Robotics


Snakearm OC Robotics at UCL CEGE



UCL Surgical Robot Vision research group

DaVinci Surgical Robot at Surgical Robot Vision research lab

The Surgical Robot Vision Group at the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and UCL Department of Computer Science, performs computer vision research specifically applied to surgery and robotic assisted surgery. Our particular focus is on developing real-time algorithms for computing the 3D geometry and motion of the anatomy, surgical camera and instruments, and for combining this information with preoperative and intraoperative imaging modalities and other surgical sensors. The key challenge is to find solutions which are robust to the non-rigid and highly dynamic nature of the surgical site and the complex requirements of the surgical procedure and the operating theatre. CMIC has extensive expertise in medical image computing, tomography and translational imaging and our role in the centre is to help to bring these state-of-the-art techniques to operating theatres for minimally invasive and robotic assisted surgery. Combined with the world leading clinical research at UCL, we aim to translate our computational methods and technology into the operating room enabling less invasive and more accurate surgical procedures that improve healthcare outcomes and benefit the patient.

UCL Touchlab and the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics Group

The research at the UCL Touchlab and the Virtual Reality Laboratory bridges the gap between Robotics and Autonomous Systems and a range of real world applications. Recently funded by an EPSRC capital grant, the primary research theme is in robotic telemanipulation of objects at multiple scales – enabling exploration, manipulation, and assembly tasks in new worlds beyond human capabilities.

From molecules to the aircraft scale, technologies for telemanipulation will find applications in many fields, including healthcare, synthetic biology, advanced manufacturing, and beyond. At one end of the spectrum, the group works on devices that allow operators to manipulate micro-and nano-scale objects as if they were holding and touching them in their hands, a technology which will be useful for a broad range of applications ranging from material science to microbiology and nanomedicine. For human scale interactions, the team develops robotic healthcare tools, allowing medical interventions such as endoscopy, laparoscopy and ultrasound scans to be carried out remotely. On larger scales suitable for heavy industry and civil engineering, the team investigates new ways of controlling large robotic arms such as those needed for the remote inspection of difficult and hard to reach.

  • Equipment: JPK Atomic Force Microscope, custom built micro manipulation systems, CAVE, KUKA iiwa, 7 (and upto 21)-DoF haptic devices, VR HMDs, optical tracking systems etc. 
  • People: Mandayam A. Srinivasan, Vijay Pawar

BMADE (Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange), UCL Bartlett

Robotic CNC milling for the production of a sculpture reproduction (bust of Darwin) at B-Made

B-made, the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, is a multidisciplinary centre that strives to foster the next generation of thinkers, designers and makers. B-made invites academia, industry and the public to engage with new and traditional tools, processes and materials. Our aim is to stimulate work generated by merging crafts with science and technology, and make a shift towards a new learning model. B-made underlines The Bartlett’s role as a national and international resource for innovation in design and manufacturing.

UCL CEGE Robotics

OC Robotics Snakearm - ready to be fitted with optical sensors, at UCL CEGE 3DIMPact group

3DIMPact (3D imaging, photogrammetry and metrology advanced coordinate technologies) research group is performing research in robotics sensing, testing and teleoperations and is collaborating on Touchlab: Robotic Teleoperation for multiple scales. Other projects include UAV surveying, remote sensing and engineering surveying using robots.

BimBamboo project : The main objective of this research is to develop a Building Information Modelling (BIM) framework for whole bamboo culms to support a new high-tech, low-energy design approach based on managing, as opposed to forcibly eliminating, the inherent variability of a natural structural element. This framework will incorporate the related principles of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and will rely on modern 3D scanning and digital fabrication technologies.

Aspire CREATe - Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies

Robotic exoskeleton - Aspire CREATe

Aspire CREATe, the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies is an exciting joint venture between UCL Faculty of EngineeringUCL Faculty of Medical Sciences, the Aspire Charity and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). The interdisciplinary lab is physically embedded in the RNOH on UCL’s Stanmore campus, which facilitates the daily interaction between academics, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders. The centre has been established to develop translational research to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). This rapidly growing centre investigates techniques that are applicable and transferrable between different domains in related areas of interest, including, but not limited to stroke, muscular dystrophy, amputation, the ageing population and training of specialised skills (e.g. surgical). We take an integrated systems-based approach, combining cutting edge evidence-based medicine with state­-of-the-art rehabilitation engineering solutions. The team foresees the blurring of boundaries between assistive and rehabilitation technologies as it moves toward building biologically inspired soft robotic exoskeletons, that integrate components such as haptic feedback, functional electrical stimulation, electrophysiological signal processing and wearable environmental sensing. Fusing this suite of sensing and actuation capabilities, will enable the development of adaptive shared control algorithms that offer patients the correct level of support as their capabilities continue to evolve.

  • Equipment: Robotic wheelchairs, robotic exoskeletons, tricycles, haptic devices (haptic master, novint falcons, phantom omnis), brain-computer interfaces, biosignal processing (EEG, EMG etc), neuromodulation (electrical stimulation), 3D printing (Ultimaker 2)
  • Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/aspire-create
  • People: Dr Tom Carlson, Dr Rui Loureiro

Interactive Architecture Lab at UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Morphs 2.0 MORPHs, short for Mobile Reconfigurable Polyhedra, are adaptive octahedral structures that can roll around public spaces and respond to their environment.

The Interactive Architecture Lab is a multi-disciplinary studio interested in the Behaviour and Interaction of Things, Environments and their Inhabitants. We design, build and experiment with Responsive Environments, Robotics and Kinetic Structures, Multi-Sensory Interfaces, Wearable Computing and Prosthetics, the Internet of Things, Performance and Choreography.

The Interactive Architecture Lab at UCL is engaged in a range of academic research activities and industry collaborations. 

UCL Immersive Virtual Reality Environment Labs

Dexterous Hand, Shadowrobot

The Immers­ive Vir­tual Envir­on­ments Labor­at­ory is run by the Vir­tual Envir­on­ments and Com­puter Graph­ics (VECG) group at UCL Computer Science.

  • Facilities: Immersive Display Lab: Virtuose 6D, Mixed Reality Lab: Optitrack Flex 3; Head mounted display Lab:  NVISOR SX111, Oculus Rifts, HTC Vive; Touchlab: Kuka LWR 4+, Shadow Dexterous Hand, Intersense IS-900 tracker, RoboThespian; UAVs: Ascending Technologies quadrotors
  • Website: http://vr.cs.ucl.ac.uk/facilities/
  • People: Anthony Steed, Vijay Pawar, Simon Julier