Who we are?

The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network) was established in March 2015 with the mission to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities at eight Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded RAS capital facilities, four Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and partner universities across the UK. 

The Network will expand to include broader stakeholders including key national laboratories in the UK and leading international collaborators in both academia and industry. It has already received strong support by major industrial partners, the Science Museum and the UK’s major professional engineering bodies including Royal Academy of Engineering, IET, and IMechE.

Network members across the UK

Why a UK-RAS Network?

The global market for service and industrial robots is estimated to reach $59.5 billion by 2020.  It is evident that RAS is playing an increasingly important role for the UK’s economy and its future growth. The recent capital investment from the UK government through the EPSRC has resulted in the creation of eight dedicated centres/facilities and four Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the country covering key areas of transport, healthcare, manufacturing, and unmanned systems to ensure that the UK will maintain its leading engineering and research capacity in RAS. To ensure that the capital investment and core activities of the CDTs are fully integrated to support the wider UK communities in RAS and underpin its future development, the EPSRC UK-RAS Network chaired by Prof Guang-Zhong Yang was established.

What do we do?

The Network organises a wide range of activities including network and strategic roadmap events such as the UK Robotics Week, symposia and focused workshops, public engagement and exhibitions. It also has extensive online engagement activities using social media, web and user forums. The Network aims to strengthen the relationship with industry by supporting interdisciplinary mobility and industrial secondment, developing proof-of-concept (PoC) projects and running design challenges. There is also a strong emphasis on government policy and high-level engagement with international stakeholders.