UCL 3DIMPact research group at UCL CEGE


Robotics sensing, testing and teleoperations

UCL Robotics

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UCL 3DIMPact is part of UCL Robotics.
UCL Robotics is a cross-faculty initiative to develop a world-class teaching and research platform in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. We cover applications in the Life Sciences, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Creative Industries.

Anthropomorphic dexterous snake-like robot

Prof Tickle Machine/ Anthropomorphic dexterous snake-like robot about to grab an egg

As part of an EPSRC project into remote dexterous manipulation, UCL researchers at the Department of Computer Science and Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering are developing one of the longest anthropomorphic dexterous snake-like robot. Capable of moving into difficult and inaccessible places, we will demonstrate the robots ability to perform dexterous hand like tasks across large distances. In paying homage to the project’s inspiration Mr Tickle from the Mr Men children’s books, we will attempt to use the unique robot to extend our arms reach and perform everyday tasks. The robot consists of two unique robots supported by UK companies ShadowHand and OC Robotics. Visitors to the demonstration will be able to take part and interact with the lead researchers. They will also find out more about the underlying technologies and how robots can make us in future “super human”. The demonstration will also coincide with the first “EPSRC UK Robotics Week” showcasing academic talent.

Robotic Teleoperation for Multiple Scales: Enabling Exploration, Manipulation and Assembly Tasks in New Worlds Beyond Human Capabilities

To address the technology challenge of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), researchers at UCL propose to establish several state-of-the-art  experimental platforms to develop technologies for manipulating and inspecting objects remotely.

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.

Collaboration: Stuart Robson, UCL Computer Science :Mandayam Srinivasan, Vijay Pawar, Dan Stoyano, Anthony Steed, Bob Sheil