Robotics at Leeds

An interdisciplinary network driving innovation in robotics research

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Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing

We promote cutting-edge research and education in the field of robotics, autonomous systems and sensing

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Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation

We design and analyse complex systems involving technology, people and services

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Medical robotics

Our researchers are investigating whether a kinder form of radiation known as T-rays could be used to image and treat patients with skin or bowel cancer.

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Dr James McLaughlan is leading new research combining robotics, nanoparticles, ultrasound and lasers to combat head and neck cancer with treatment which could banish chemotherapy.

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Researchers have developed in-shoe sensor technology and a load sensing platform to help patients with chronic foot conditions linked to diabetes and arthritis.

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Professor Pietro Valdastri and his team are pioneering a new design of endoscope that uses a magnetic capsule with built-in imaging capability to enable faster, painless, low-cost investigations.

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Artificial intelligence (AI)

A new design of robot, which can navigate and retrieve objects in a cluttered space in a way that is akin to how a human does, could be deployed into settings where workers require support.

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Intelligent robots that combine navigation, computer vision and AI to identify objects that need regular cleaning could help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in busy public spaces.

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Our researchers are contributing to the rapid, global development of intelligent machines by exploring the integration of advances in deep learning, symbolic reasoning, vision, language and robotics.

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Field and infrastructure robotics

Our researchers are designing robots that identify and repair infrastructure for a project which aims to tackle the Grand Challenge of Zero disruption from streetworks in UK cities by 2050.

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Engineers have developed a robot that has successfully navigated one of the narrow shafts of the Great Pyramid in an attempt to solve one of the big mysteries in Egyptian archaeology.

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University of Leeds academics led international research exploring how drones, robots and autonomous systems can transform the natural world in and around cities for people and wildlife

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Business opportunities

Technological applications of robotics

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Working with business

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Rob Bloomfield, Managing Director at Mechatech
Alumni | MRes Robotics
Mechatech are exploring human-machine interaction by developing robotic exoskeleton systems for medical applications alongside researchers from the University of Leeds.

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Postgraduate research in robotics

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Artificial Intelligence for medical diagnosis and care

The UKRI CDT will equip cohorts of researchers with the necessary skills to unlock the potential of AI within the healthcare domain.

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Harriet Peel
To make bridge bearing inspection easier and more repeatable, I have developed a robotic platform that uses low-cost, off-the-shelf technology with cameras to carry out visual inspection and other sensors for corrosion detection.

Featured postgraduate researchers

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PhD, Developing ultra-low-cost technologies for gastric cancer screening in low and middle-income countries

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PhD, Control of Magnetic Flexible Endoscope

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PhD, Control of magnetically actuated robots for medical applications

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PhD, A mobile robotic platform for hydro-colonoscopy

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PhD, Robotic bridge bearing inspection

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