Scan Computers is proud to be a part of the collaborative team supporting this long-term research project.

Scan Computers is proud to announce its involvement in a significant new project - From Sensing to Collaboration: Engineering, Exploring and Exploiting the Building Blocks of Embodied Intelligence - primarily funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and lead by the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI).

The overarching aim of the research programme is to deliver autonomous systems which amplify human capacity and potential. Robots such as these must be capable of performing a broad array of bespoke tasks effectively, with minimum operator intervention. Additionally the project will establish a sustainable national centre of excellence where technology and people will collaborate to deliver robust embodied intelligence such as the science and technology to enable robots to robustly and flexibly act, interact and collaborate in the real world.

The project focus lies on delivering autonomous systems which, over the course of their life-time, acquire the sensing, perception, manipulation, navigation, collaboration and problem-solving abilities required to allow them to operate unaided while significantly enhancing human productivity. The programme aims to significantly expand the reach and versatility of robots in domains of strategic and commercial value by exploiting synergies across research disciplines, which only emerge when deploying robot systems. In doing so, the research is driven by both fundamental science questions as well as real-world applications.

The research will be undertaken by an interdisciplinary team of academics from the Oxford Robotics Institute, as well as from UCL and a wide array of supporting partners including Accenture Labs, BP International, Bossa Nova Robotics, Honda Research Institute (Europe), L3Harris (ASV), Navtech Radar, Ocado Technology, Oxbotica, Oxfordshire County Council, UKAEA RACE, Saga Robotics, Scan Computers and The Shadow Robot Company as well as the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision, QUT, and the Autonomous Systems Lab and Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH, Zurich.

Professor Ingmar Posner, lead PI, head of the Applied Artificial Intelligence Lab and a founding director of the ORI, says "We are delighted to embark on this project with a set of partners and collaborators who are equally passionate about advancing the real-world impact of robotics research. Integral involvement of our technology and deployment partners will ensure that our work stays focused on real and substantive impact in domains of significant value to industry and the public domain.”

Elan Raja, CEO of Scan Computers, says “We are honoured to be invited to participate in this ground-breaking project being led by Professor Posner at ORI, alongside so many other esteemed partners. This reflects all the hard work that Scan teammates have put in over the last few years to establish our reputation as a leader in NVIDIA-powered AI-driven solutions in the UK.”

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