The Centre for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ) is a research centre within the two Queen Mary’s engineering schools: The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and The School of Engineering and Material Science (SEMS). The Centre has also strong links with research groups in medical and life sciences at Queen Mary. Having been founded in 2016, ARQ aims to bring a wide range of robotics-related activities under one roof, increasing visibility, facilitating collaboration, public engagement and moving towards critical mass.

In line with the strategic plan of QMUL, ARQ is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. Being a member of the UK RAS network is an important step for QMUL’s robotics activities to become more visible and to foster collaboration with other UK players in academia and industry. ARQ aims at conducting robotics research of the highest level and at generating disruptive innovations in all areas related to robotics. An important objective of the Centre is to actively pursue collaborative activities with partners in the UK and internationally in the areas of robotics and autonomous systems.

The Head of ARQ is Prof Kaspar Althoefer. His research focuses on robot autonomy, soft robotics, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and human-robot interactions in the manufacturing environment. He, along with Dr Henri Huijberts, Dr Hasan ShaheedDr Ildar Farkhatdinov, and Dr Lorenzo Jamone are the founding members of ARQ.