Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
The Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) brings together robotics-related research, teaching and consultancy. Our mission is to be a focal point where diverse robotics and automation projects are developed alongside each other.
We create a repository of practical solutions and knowledge, and at the same time we can provide a source of inspiration for future developments. We welcome and support any robotics application, be it in art, health and wellbeing, or industrial automation.
We can carry out proof of concept experiments in our lab using our variety of robot arms and mobile robots.
As Sheffield Robotics we can offer a large space for testing mobile robot systems, the space is equipped with different types of cameras and sensors for data recording. Staff are available to help set up experiments.
The Mobile Machines and Vision Laboratory (MMVL) is a research group under the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) within the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI). The expertise within the MMVL group are diverse but it includes a long standing presence on open-source Computer Vision / Machine Perception, as well as Embedded Systems Engineering and Human Machine Interfaces, in relation to mobile robotics research and its applications.
The main theme of our research is on the connection of artificial perception and physical action. Perception requires extensive processing and interpreting of data generated by sensors. We employ a wide range of perception sensor modalities and sensing technologies, including various types of cameras, ranging lasers and ultrasound devices. Actions are typically performed by robots and multi robot teams, ranging from large to medium and small sized mobile robots. The robots and sensors are applied in structured environments and human machine interactions play an important role.
MMVL has had a long presence in delivering UK Research Councils and European Union projects since 1996; such as, Miniman, Micron, I-SWARM, GUARDIANS, VIEW-FINDER and Nanorobotics REPLICATOR (also see past projects). Recently the MMVL led the EPSRC project REINS and the ELASTOMERS Project and BREATHEASY project.
We are a well-established research group within the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI).
The research work of this group focuses on the enhancement and deployment of modelling techniques such as; computer simulation, operations management, including logistics and supply chain management, and control and automation technologies.
National and international profile research staff have secured funding from research councils and industry to conduct their research programmes.
The group brings together expertise in mathematics, control engineering, economics, statistics and computer science. We work on the theory and applications of mathematical and statistical models in finance, insurance, economics, banking and business.