£250,000 Computer Science robotics laboratory unveiled

Jeremy Wilburn

Jeremy Wilburn

The Department of Computer Science celebrated the official opening of its new £250,000 robotics laboratory on the Heslington East campus last Wednesday.

The laboratory, which forms part of the University’s £21 million investment in Computer Science over the last year, specialises in swarm robotics.

This groundbreaking field involves utilising groups of robots to perform tasks more efficiently than individual units.
Professor John McDermid of the University explained that swam robotics “could potentially play a vital role in future planetary and deep sea exploration, as well as search and rescue operations.”

To mark the occasion, Professor Jon Timmis, who leads swarm robotics research at York, gave a lecture to members of the public and specially-invited guests. The event was heavily oversubscribed.

The University received funding for the new laboratory from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Science City York initiative to improve Yorkshire’s international reputation for innovation in science and industry.

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