This week we hosted an ORCA Hub Open Day at Heriot-Watt University to share information on some of the Hub’s activities over the first year of the project and our plans going forward. The event drew attendees from the oil and gas and renewables industries, funding bodies, innovation centres, development agencies and other universities and was hosted at the Edinburgh Business School and ORIAM Scotland. Presentations from Hub Director, David Lane, and the Work Theme
The ORCA Hub team at the Oxford Robotics Institute (University of Oxford) were delighted to receive their own quadruped ANYmal over the summer which will be used as part of the Sensing and Mapping work. The team have been getting up to speed with programming ANYmal and took it for an outdoor excursion for the first time last week in preparation for the upcoming terrestrial and aerial-focussed trials which will feature both the University of
Dr Michael Mistry took the quadruped robot, ANYmal, and a team from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics down to Sussex for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in mid-July. The ANYmal is used in ORCA Hub’s ‘Planning, Control and Manipulation’ stream of work which is led by Dr Mistry. The team gave demonstrations of ANYmal as part of the Future Lab exhibit throughout the course of the weekend and members of the public were delighted to
Science Minister, Sam Gyimah, visited the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at the University of Edinburgh on 3 August where he met with Scottish Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP to discuss the economic opportunities for the UK and Scotland in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) which are being developed as part of the £100 million National ROBOTARIUM. Mr Gyimah joined ORCA Hub Directors, Professor David Lane and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, and Hub Manager, Dr Lindsay
Heriot-Watt University, as part of the ORCA HUB partner consortium, was awarded the Guardian University Award for Business Collaboration category at an awards ceremony in London last week, beating fellow finalists the Universities of Kent and Lincoln to the prize.        Professor Helen Hastie from Heriot-Watt University collected the award on behalf of the ORCA HUB, along with project partner Dr Michael Mistry from the University of Edinburgh. Read more about the University Guardian Awards