Opening its doors to the public last Thursday, London’s Olympic Park hosted Shell’s Make the Future London festival, home this year to first ever Driver’s World Championship, an ultra-energy-efficient driving challenge. More than 3000 students from schools and universities in 29 countries around the world took part in Shell’s Eco-marathon Europe over the course of the weekend, some scrambling to get their cars finished just hours before the starting flag fell.
Kicking off in the German city of Leipzig, tomorrow marks the start of the 2016 RoboCup challenge, the world’s most prominent and diverse competition for intelligent robots. The world cup of robotics brings together a host of inter-disciplinary problems, from robotics and artificial intelligence, right the way through to electrical and mechanical engineering, as teams battle it out to take home the most prestigious prize in robotic football.
The ultimate vision of the RoboCup Federation is to see autonomous, humanoid robots successfully competing against their human counterparts in football matches by 2050. In the last few years however, additional disciplines have been added alongside the football matches, driving research into the use of intelligent robots in rescue missions, around the house, and in industrial production.
The UK’s leading prize for innovation in engineering was last night awarded to a team of engineers from Blatchford for the development of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limb.
The Basingstoke based company are world leaders in the field of rehabilitation, developing the first ever prosthetic limb to feature integrated robotic control of the knee and foot. The smart Linx Limb system constantly monitors the wearer’s movements, adapting automatically to the terrain, allowing the wearer to move with freedom and confidence.
This free festival of ideas and innovation is hosted by Shell at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Showcasing bright ideas from around the world, highlights include:
Live science shows from the likes of The Science Museum and the Royal Institution
Hands-on activities, such as building an Internet of Things devise and cars powered by salt water
Virtual reality experiences to explore engineering in action
Great careers experiences, from quizzes to meeting a Formula One trackside analyst.
Schools are invited to visit with students in Year 6-9 students on Thursday June 30 and Friday July 1, 2016. Teachers can register their interest and read the full terms and conditions at shell.co.uk/mtfschools.
On 20th April 2016, QEPrize nominations were officially opened at a launch party at the iconic Design Museum in London. The event was attended by 250 engineers and QEPrize Ambassadors and featured an array of engineering demonstrations, including virtual reality experiences, 3D printing pens and football-playing robots.
Robotics and autonomous systems are generating an increasing number of benefits for our society. They are creating safer ways of tackling environmental disasters, improving efficiencies in agriculture and sparking innovation in how we deliver surgery and healthcare.
However, threats and risks exist. Hacking, cyber-attacks and security issues are challenging the protection of our personal data. It remains uncertain whether the roboticist, software engineer, retailer or user will be liable when things go wrong.
Guests at the QEPrize nominations launch with Litelok®, a new lightweight secure bike lock
Last week at a launch event to celebrate the opening of nominations for the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the QEPrize team showcased the latest in Innovation Design Engineering. Innovating new technologies, human-centred designs, sustainable innovation and social enterprise, Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) is an MA and MSc programme, run jointly by the Royal College of Art and Imperial College’s Dyson School of Design Engineering.