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Innovus Robotics Challenges and Solutions Event


Innovus, in collaboration with The Northern Robotics Network and EPSRC, will be hosting this Robotics Challenges and Solutions event - an opportunity to find out more about the industry challenges, how robotics can form part of the solution and to connect with potential collaborators from industry, academia and SMEs.


The event takes place on Thursday 14th April 2016 at QHotel Park Royal Hotel, Warrington, Cheshire,WA4 4NS from 09:00 to 16:30.

What is the opportunity?


The purpose of this event will be for representatives from several industries, including nuclear, Oil & Gas and Rail to initially describe some of the challenges that they have in their industry and to then explain the specific scenarios within which they require innovative robotic solutions. Presentations and exhibits will be provided by academics and SMEs to illustrate the latest robotic solutions that are being developed for industrial application and representatives from EPSRC, InnovateUK and Innovus will provide details of support they can offer to support the development of robotic solutions.

Who should attend?

This event is free to attend and will be open to any organisation or individual with an interest in robotics and solving industry challenges whether from academia, industry, small and medium sized businesses, national laboratories or other research institutions.

Technology Showcase Exhibition

Innovus is delighted to host a Technology Showcase Exhibition at this event.

The prices for an exhibition space at the event are:

  • SME: £100 (incl. VAT)
  • Non-SME: £250 (incl. VAT)

A table and two chairs will be provided for each exhibitor. The allocation of an exhibition space will be confirmed 2 weeks prior to the event.

Please express your interest in an exhibition space on your event registration form.

Outline Agenda

09:00-09:30 Registration and Refreshments
Exhibition & Networking
09:45-09:50 Session 1: Welcome & Introduction to the Event
  1. Welcome Presentation – 5 mins Adrian Davis-Johnston (Programme Manager, Innovus)
09:50-11:00 Session 2: Challenges in the Nuclear and Oil and Gas Industry
  1. Challenges and Scenarios in the Nuclear Industry – 35 mins(Sellafield)
  2. Challenges and Scenarios in the Oil and Gas Industry –   35 mins(Schlumberger)
11:00-11:30 Refreshments
11:30-12:05 Session 2 continued
  1. Challenges and Scenarios in the Rail Industry – 35 mins(Network Rail)
12:05-12:45 Session 3: Funding Opportunities
  1. EPSRC - 20 mins(Kedar Pandya)
  1. Innovus – 20 mins(Adrian Davis-Johnston)
12:45-13:45 Lunch, Exhibition and Demonstrations
13:45-14:25 Session 3: Funding Opportunities - continued
  1. Innovate UK Robotics and Game Changer Programme – 20 mins
  2. European H2020 Robotics Programme – 20 mins
14:25-15:15 Session 4: Latest Technologies
  1. State of the Art in Animal Inspired Robotics – 25 mins(FESTO)
  1. Latest developments in legged Robots in Europe – 25 mins(Darwin Caldwell, IIT)
15:15-15:40 Refreshments, Exhibition and Networking
15:40-16:10 Session 5: Question and Answer Session and Close
  1. Question and Answer Panel Session, Sellafield, Schlumberger and network Rail) – 20 mins
  2. Wrap up and Close – 10 mins


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