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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Professor Paul Weaver

Professor Paul Weaver

Scientific Director, Wind Blade Research Hub

Paul is a Professor of Lightweight Structures at the University of Bristol, as well as Bernal Chair of Composite Materials and their Structures at the University of Limerick. Since 2008, he has been Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites, was Director of the Vestas Preferred Partnership in Composites (2009-2015) and is currently lead academic of the WBRH. Paul’s expertise lies in developing new design concepts and methods with lightweight composite structures and has also worked closely with Airbus, Leonardo Helicopters and Artemis Racing. He has been a consultant to NASA for 12 years and has been a principal or co-principal investigator of grants totalling more than €50 million. He holds a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professorship (€6.4M) entitled Varicomp, which brings together his interests in both shape-changing and lightweight composite structures. He currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit award, and was previously an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. His research team have won six best paper awards in recent years, Paul has successfully supervised 34 PhD students to completion, and has published in excess of 250 refereed journal and conference articles.

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