As we near the International Robotics Showcase event on 21st June 2018 to be held at held on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP we would liek to extend our thanks to our sponsors that make the continuation of this event possible.

The International Robotics Showcase will be part of the International Business Festival this year, launching the 3rd annual UK Robotics Week and will feature exclusive talks by world-renowned experts in science and technology, on the ethical, legal and economic impact of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI as well as exhibitions and robot demonstrations by our sponsors. 

FAULHABER is the leading supplier in the area of high precision miniature and micro drive systems. FAULHABER offers the most extensive range of miniature and micro drive technologies available from a single source worldwide.

From high performance DC Motors, BLDC Motors, to Linear Motors, and Stepper Motors, each drive is designed to achieve maximum performance in minimum dimensions and weight. Matching precision gearheads, encoders, linear components and drive electronics are available to complete the systems, available exclusively in the UK from Electro Mechanical Systems Ltd.

Sentek Solutions is the European distributor for Hokuyo, a manufacturer of small, compact and powerful LiDARs. These LiDARs have many applications including industrial automation, machine sight, robotic navigation and localisation as well as numerous purposes in academics and research.

Recently, alongside our new partner Accerion, we have launched a brand new product which will be have its UK debut at the International Robotics Showcase. The Jupiter module is a breakthrough navigation system for mobile robots and AGVs and enables them to navigate in dynamic environments, both indoors and outdoors, without requiring infrastructure outside the vehicle or robot. This system is future of the navigation.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary research centre at the Queen Mary University of London. ARQ aims to bring Queen Mary robotics activities under one roof, increasing visibility, facilitating collaboration, public engagement and moving towards critical mass.

ARQ's activities spans across the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the School of Engineering and Material Science (SEMS)School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Medical faculty.

The Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub brings together leading experts from academia, industry and governments, and aims at pushing the boundary of AI robotics for future space utilization and exploration.

In the immediate term, the Hub will help advance knowledge and technologies in orbital manipulation, extra-terrestrial vehicles, and robotic support for astronaut missions. These directly address technical priorities in the space sector worldwide. In the long term, the Hub will help transfer the field to a new era by achieving long-lived robotic operations in space.

Robotics at Leeds are driving innovation in this growing area of technology leveraging a network of more than 100 researchers across multiple disciplines with a shared interest in robotics and artificial intelligence. They are performing world leading research in medical robotics, field and infrastructure robotics, artificial intelligence and enabling technologies for autonomy in robotics.

Their industrial partners, researchers and students can access a suite of technologies for robot design and construction that is among the most advanced in the world. Their national Robotics Facility is backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Government’s drive to improve Britain’s international competitiveness in robotics.

The ORCA Hub is an ambitious initiative that brings together internationally leading experts from 5 UK universities with over 30 industry partners.

Led by the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics (Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh), in collaboration with Imperial College, Oxford and Liverpool Universities, this multi-disciplinary consortium brings its unique expertise in: Subsea, Ground and Aerial robotics; as well as human-machine interaction, innovative sensors for Non Destructive Evaluation and low-cost sensor networks; and asset management and certification.

The York Robotics Laboratory proudly presents the Hexaberry - a new mobile robot platform built around the popular Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Designed with both research and teaching in mind, the Hexaberry offers a powerful Linux-based platform capable of integration with ROS and popular simulation tools such as V-REP, ARGoS, and Gazebo, yet remains affordable and extensible thanks to its laser-cut plastic shell and modular design.

The robot features two differential drive motors, a temperature sensor, ground sensors, a 9-DOF IMU, a speaker, two microphones, and a battery life of up to 3 hours. The Hexaberry can also recharge its battery through contact with a conductive arena floor, via ball bearings on its underside, allowing long-running experiments to be carried out.

In 2014, the International Business Festival was established as a biennial event that brought some of the world’s most ambitious businesses under one roof to make valuable business connections happen.

The Festival – staged in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, Liverpool - captured the diversity and dynamism of the global marketplace. It hosted more than 100 individual events, from international conferences to intimate seminars, all housed within the £66m Exhibition Centre Liverpool. In 2016, the second International Business Festival welcomed more than 30,000 attendees from around the world.

People attend for many reasons, to do deals, be inspired, make connections and enjoy an exciting and engaging programme of expert panels, practical workshops and high-profile keynote addresses.