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Briefing on RAS for resilient infrastructure white paper

Briefing on RAS for resilient infrastructure white paper

This paper presents an extended briefing of the recently published UK-Robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) network White Paper in RAS for resilient infrastructure. It aims at setting out a vision of what RAS systems will… Read More

Nematode worm inspired robotic model for pothole detection

Nematode worm inspired robotic model for pothole detection

Animals navigate complex and varied environments, but often use only limited sensory information. Here we present a simulated robot system using a  sensory model and navigation strategy inspired by the nematode worm C. elegans.  In particular we… Read More

An interaction method for search & rescue aerobots

An interaction method for search & rescue aerobots

This paper is interested in how the increasing leagues of human operators interact with small multi-rotor UAVs. The multimodal speech and visual gesture (mSVG) technique is basically the multimodal combination of speech and visual gesture, a… Read More

Advances in the inspection of unpiggable pipelines

Advances in the inspection of unpiggable pipelines

The field of in-pipe robotics covers a vast and varied number of approaches to the inspection of pipelines with robots specialising in pipes ranging anywhere from 10 mm to 1200 mm in diameter. Many of… Read More

Journey to the city of tomorrow: a panel discussion

Journey to the city of tomorrow: a panel discussion

More than half the world’s population live in cities. Around the globe, urban areas are rapidly growing and changing. How can we ensure that cities work for everyone who lives and works in them? Ford… Read More

Assessing the underworld for next generation infrastructure

Assessing the underworld for next generation infrastructure

Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) must integrate seamlessly with the existing infrastructure and its systems of operation. It must address the compelling needs of cities and urban systems – it must be sustainable, resilient, adaptable, smart… Read More

Surveying supraglacial ponds using unmanned surface vessel

Surveying supraglacial ponds using unmanned surface vessel

We used an unmanned surface vessel (USV) to autonomously collect sonar depth measurements for 24 supraglacial ponds to derive the first empirical relationship between their area and volume applicable to the size distribution of ponds… Read More

Deeper networks for pavement crack detection

Deeper networks for pavement crack detection

Pavement crack detection using computer vision techniques has been studied widely over the past several years. However, these techniques have faced several limitations when applied to real world situations due to for example changes of… Read More

An improved robot for bridge inspection

An improved robot for bridge inspection

This paper presents a significant improvement from the previous version, presented at ISARC 2016. The robot is now equipped with low-cost cameras and a 2D laser scanner, which is used to monitor and survey a… Read More

White paper on robotics for resilient infrastructure

White paper on robotics for resilient infrastructure

The environment that infrastructure robotics and automated systems (RAS) are required to operate presents many challenges. For example, robots in cities must cope with the risks created from the complex interaction between large numbers of… Read More

White paper for extreme environments robotics

White paper for extreme environments robotics

Our globe is getting increasingly vulnerable to disasters both natural (earthquake, floods, storms) and manmade (conflicts, pandemics due to increasingly connected world). Population change, urbanisation, and climate change further exacerbate the impact of these disasters.… Read More

Drone perching and manipulation on a street lamppost

Drone perching and manipulation on a street lamppost

This paper presents a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system using commercial-off-the-shelf components, that is capable of autonomously perching on a street lamppost, and performing sensor (camera) (un-)installation on the lamppost with its onboard robotic… Read More

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