David Willetts meets RoboThespian™ at UWE

Issue date: 26 September 2011

The Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts, dropped in on the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) at the University of the West of England today [26 September 2011] where he was greeted by a robot called RoboThespian™- (Watch the video here).

RoboThespian ™ is a life sized humanoid robot, an automated interactive actor and was created to educate, communicate, and entertain by Engineered Arts Ltd. The robot is used by BRL in several research projects.

Mr Willetts also met Bert II , saw a project where a robot assisted hand can help stroke victims as they recover , met Shrewbot and viewed cutting edge research on Microbial Fuel Cells. Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Sensor experts from UWE demonstrated a range of high profile research projects to the Minister including a presentation of the latest work in connection with the three iNets (innovation networks) that UWE is leading.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said, “Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a shining example of some of the most cutting edge research taking place in our universities. The projects I've seen today are incredibly engaging and are giving students the valuable high-tech skills and knowledge needed to drive future economic growth.”

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor said, “The Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology and BRL are fantastic examples of the way UWE is inspiring future generations of students and we are delighted that the Minister was able to get a real sense of the contribution these areas are making to driving growth in the UK economy.”


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