Bristol Robotics Laboratory

  • BS16 1QY

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Bristol Robotics Laboratory is the leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol.

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is involved in a wide range of robotics research projects both nationally and internationally. Our research portfolio spans over a number of different themes as follows:

Aerial Robots

Research into intelligent aircraft, including autonomous Micro Air Vehicles, specializing in their guidance and control.

Assisted Living

Research into an integrated intelligent home environment for the provision of health, nutrition and mobility services to older adults.

Bioenergy & Self Sustainable Systems

Research into overcoming the energy barrier to deployment of autonomous robots in remote areas utilising microbial fuel cells.

Biomimetic and Neuro-robotics

Developing robots that can operate in challenging environments, beyond the limitations of conventional sensory devices.

Medical Robotics

Robotic technology is able to provide precise and accurate sensing and movement capabilities, thus improving patient and surgeon experience.

Non-linear Robotics

Would you feel confident of approaching and touching a heavy duty production assembly robot in operation? Possibly not…

Robot Vision

Developing Robots that are able to view, analyse what they see and make decisions in response to instructions by humans.

Safe Human Robot Interaction

Investigating the aspect of physical and behavioural safety, to enable safe Human Robot Interaction, thus ensuring a robot is capable of performing cooperative tasks with humans.

Self-Repairing Robotic Systems

Self-healing cellular architectures for biologically-inspired highly reliable electronic systems. Drawing inspiration from nature in how it deals with complex versus unreliable issues.

Smart Automation

Research into the next generation of advanced robotics engineering systems. Robots that can make human like decisions whilst carrying out manufacturing process.

Soft Robotics

Soft robotics seeks to make robots that are soft, flexible and compliant, just like biological organisms.

Swarm Robotics

A combination of environmental, social and internal cues could result at the group level in components believed to be important in the emergence of self-organised behaviour.

Unconventional Computation in Robots

Drawing inspiration from nature to address the issues of distributed manipulation in the micro-scale.

Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots

Investigating all aspects of safety for verification and validation purposes and to enable safe Human Robot Interaction in cooperative tasks.


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    Research Output

    2D Contour Following with an Unmanned Aerial Manipulator: Towards Tactile-Based Aerial Navigation

    Hamaza, S., Georgilas, I. & Richardson, T., 27 Jan 2020, 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 3664-3669 6 p. (Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE International Workshop on).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    69 Downloads (Pure)

    A checklist for safe robot swarms

    Hunt, E. R. & Hauert, S., 31 Jul 2020, In : Nature Machine Intelligence. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • A Connected Autonomous Vehicle Testbed: Capabilities, Experimental Processes and Lessons Learned

    Kent, T., Richards, A. G., Pipe, T., Hutchinson, J. & Schuster, W., 23 Jun 2020, In : Automation. p. 17-32 16 p., 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 29 Downloads (Pure)


    Student theses

    Aerial Manipulators for Contact-based Interaction

    Author: Hamaza, S., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Richardson, T. S. (Supervisor) & Georgilas , I. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    An Experiment-Informed Methodology for the Thermal Design of Permanent Magnet Electrical Machines

    Author: Ayat, S. S., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Wrobel, R. (Supervisor) & Drury, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A systematic approach to failure mode characterisation in a complex sociotechnical context

    Author: Bonnington, P. J., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Mcmahon, C. A. (Supervisor) & Burgess, S. C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisEngineering Doctorate (EngD)



    3rd Place Equipment & Facilities EPSRC Photography Competition 2018

    Hunt, Edmund R (Recipient), Jerry H G Wright (Recipient) & Hauert, Sabine (Recipient), 3 Jun 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Best Biomechanics Talk, Society for Experimental Biology Annual , Marseille

    Windsor, Shane P (Recipient), 10 Jul 2008

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    Univ Washington, University of Washington, University of Washington Seattle

    Shane P Windsor (Visiting researcher)

    4 Mar 20198 Mar 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Wireless in nuclear applications

    Guido Herrmann (Invited speaker)

    8 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk


    Nuclear Asset Information, Monitoring and Maintenance

    Guido Herrmann (Invited speaker)

    3 Jul 20184 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk