UK's biggest-ever robot research centre opens for business

Bristol 'bots readied for Judgement Day

Two universities in Bristol have created a new laboratory dedicated to robotics, which is officially the biggest in the UK.

The research centre is dedicated to understanding how robots can shape our world in years to come – not in a scary Terminator way but working alongside humans, taking up the more mundane tasks.

The centre sounds like the ultimate playground for robo geeks. According to the BBC, there are a number of different types of scholars working in the facility, which should make for interesting robot concepts.

"As well as electrical engineers and mechanical engineers, which you'd expect, we've got microbiologists, neuroscientists, surgeons, even psychologists," said Prof Chris Melhuish, director of the Bristol Robotics Lab to the BBC.

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The facility is a partnership between Bristol University and the University of the West of England and is situated on UWE's Frenchay campus.

Speaking about the laboratory, government minister David Willetts, who officially opened the centre said: "Robotics has a whole host of everyday applications, from helping our ageing population to improving manufacturing processes.

"Bristol Robotics Laboratory will bring together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to spearhead Britain's efforts to be world leading in this fascinating and exciting area of science."



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