Robotics Challenge Event Videos

Sep 4 2017

Robots for Resilient Infrastructure – An International Robotics Challenge Event
27 – 28 June 2017, Leeds

The Robots for Resilient Infrastructure Robotics Challenge Event ran as part of the UK Robotics Week 2017.  It showcased the current state-of-the-art of robotics for infrastructure through a packed programme of talks and demonstrations, exploring the use of robotics in the creation, inspection, repair and maintenance of critical infrastructure. Nine teams from across the UK came to compete, along with several video-only entries from international teams.

The following videos provide a round up of the Robotics Challenge Event and the competition demonstration entries (only the winners of the video only category are given). Further details on the event itself can be found on the event programme and challenge review pages.

Event Reviews

Event Overview: This 3 minute film gives an overview of the event and competing robots (a shorter highlights film is given below).

Event Highlights: This short film gives a flavour of the event and what happened.

Competition Demonstration Entries

The Metamorphic Walker: A metamorphic walker capable of changing shape and mimicking various modes of animal movement was demonstrated by a team from Tianjin University and King’s College London. Winner of the Best Technical Implementation prize.

Robot Autonomous Safety Guard demonstration: Lucie is an intelligent mobile robot able to run autonomously for months in dynamic human environments. She has been developed as part of the STRANDS project and was demonstrated by Nick Hawes (University of Birmingham) and Tony Cohn (University of Leeds). Lucie was runner up for the Best Technical Implementation prize.

Robust Shared Autonomy for Mobile Manipulation demonstration: A robot that can monitor and navigate its way round a dynamic environment to complete tasks with minimum input from a human operator was demonstrated by a team from the University of Edinburgh. Winner of the Greatest Potential for Positive Impact prize.

Aerial Vehicle Perching and Manipulation on a Street Lamppost demonstration: A drone system capable of autonomously perching on a street lamppost and installing a remote camera was demonstrated by a team from the University of Southampton. Runners up for the Greatest Potential for Positive Impact prize.

Metahand with Reconfigurable Palm demonstration: Metahand, a robotic metamorphic hand, was demonstrated by a team from King’s College London.

Autonomous Operation of Earth moving Trucks from Drones demonstration: A drone system to monitor and autonomously direct trucks around obstacles was demonstrated by a team from the University of Leeds.

Emotion Detection in Group Settings demonstration: A system to detect emotion in a crowd situation was demonstrated by Wenxuan Mou (Queen Mary University of London).

Wireless Power Transfer for Pipe Inspection Robot demonstration: A pipe inspection robot that is powered wirelessly was demonstrated by a team from the University of Leeds.

Using Drones to Repair Roads with 3D Printing demonstration: A system to use drones to scan and then repair pot holes in roads using a 3D printing attachment was demonstrated by a team from the University of Leeds.


Competition Video-only Winners

Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit, BALLU: video by Dennis Hong and Sepehr Ghassemi at UCLA. Winner of Best Video prize.

Q-Bot: The Q-Bot system installs underfloor foam insulation in old properties improving their energy efficiency without the significant disruption of manual installation. Video by Mathew Holloway received runner up for Best Video.

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