Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Find out more about our robotics and autonomous systems testing and validation facilities.

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

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Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes identifying the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry. Solving these challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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Robotics in Offshore Renewables LIVE!

The UK leads the world in offshore wind, having more installed capacity in its waters than any other country. With this huge market potential apparent, we are witnessing a drive for continual improvements in associated products, services and processes – including robotics.

At our Robotics and Offshore Renewables LIVE! event, we convene four robotics and renewable energy industry experts to discuss how a heady mix of crawling, climbing and sailing robots, NASA mission planning and global-scale wind operators will achieve great cost reduction and UK benefit.

Join our 90-minute panel discussion featuring:

  • Sara Bernardini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Royal Holloway. Sara’s experience includes NASA mission planning and development of human-machine interfaces for a variety of audience, including projects for autistic children and the MIMRee project that is introducing end-to-end robotics missions to offshore wind farms.
  • Iain Wallace, Chief Technical Officer, Rovco. Iain has a background in Mars Rover exploration projects for the European Space Agency and now leads development of computer vision, machine learning and autonomy solutions for subsea inspections.
  • Anthony Gordon, Programme Manager, GE Renewable Energy. In his current role, Anthony specialises in bringing new technologies to wind farm operations with the aim of reducing manual maintenance and repairs.
  • Alex Louden, Innovation Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. Alex manages a host of collaborative disruptive innovation projects aimed at de-risking new technologies for the renewables sector.

Date: Thursday 6th February

Time: 10am – 11.30am


  • Today’s offshore environment
  • Inspiration for extreme robots in offshore renewables
  • Futurology: scenarios for the next 10, 20 and 30 years


06/02/2020 - 10:00 am


06/02/2020 - 11:30 am

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