Our Robotics group has traditionally concentrated on autonomous robotics - robots that can think and act for themselves. This requires the robots to understand their surroundings. To do this, they must convert information from sensors (cameras, ultrasonic sonar, laser range finders, odour sensors…) into an internal map of reality. They then have to plan their actions, such as the quickest route from A to B, using the map, perhaps in conjunction with other robots or humans. This is an incredibly complex task, and requires clever computer algorithms to be developed and tested.
More recently, they have been investigating using their technology to enhance humans’ abilities, particularly in assistive technology for our aging population.