Technologies that cut across the four main focus areas of the Network (healthcare, transportation, manufacturing and unmanned systems for aerospace, marine, environment and defence) are essential to facilitate the research, development, and operation of RAS systems. Underpinning and cross cutting technologies  cover a wide range of areas from sensing and perception to human-robot interaction.

Key focus research areas within the Network:

  • multi-modal and multi-scale RAS,
  • robot learning, anthropomorphic & bio-inspired designs,
  • micro-engineering and fabrication,
  • smart actuators and sensors,
  • embedded intelligence,
  • robot vision, perception, machine intelligence, software agents, control and verification,
  • flexible adaptive manipulation, sensorimotor, social intelligence and formal verification for ethical, legal and safety issues,
  • integrated structures and electronics, and 
  • and human-robot interaction, simulation and teleoperation across scales.  

General topics in novel mechanisms and high performance actuators, learning and adaption, architecture, compliance and interactive shared control and planning will be addressed. Allied topics related to AI, machine vision, cognitive and behavioural sciences, software engineering, ethical, legal, social and safety issues, decision support and communication technologies will also be covered, particularly within the scope of the four RAS CDTs.

Underpinning RAS technologies theme leads within the Network: