The robots are coming

June 27 2017

PEOPLE in Bristol have the chance to see robots designed to help with care-related tasks in the home.

 PEOPLE in Bristol have the chance to see robots designed to help with care-related tasks in the home.

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is hosting the first European Robotics League contest for service robots to be held in the UK.

Teams from the lab at Bristol UWE at Frenchay and a lab in Birmingham will pitch their robots against each other in a series of events  during UK Robotics Week from June 24-30.

The assisted-living robots of the competing teams will face various challenges, including understanding natural speech, recognising visitors and deciding who to let in, and finding and retrieving objects for the user. The lessons learned during the competition will contribute to how robots in the future help people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Associate Professor Praminda Caleb-Solly, Theme Leader for Assistive Robotics at the BRL said: “The lessons learned during the competition will contribute to how robots in the future help people, such as those with ageing-related impairments and those with other disabilities, live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. This is particularly significant with the growing shortage of carers available to provide support for an ageing population.”

The BRL is a joint initiative of the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. The many research areas include unmanned aerial vehicles, driverless cars, medical robotics and robotic sensing for touch and vision.The Bristol event is open for public viewing on the afternoon of June 29 (bookable via EventBrite), and will include tours of the assisted living studio.