Sheffield to host robotics challenge                       

Sheffield Robotics is set to host an international competition this June, with young engineers competing in a series of agricultural field robotics challenges.

The event, which will be held as part of the inaugural UK Robotics Week, is targeted at final year masters students, PhD students, and early-career researchers, as well as those with relevant experience in areas including robotics, autonomous systems, control systems, computer vision, signal processing and remote sensing.

(Credit: Sheffield Robotics)
(Credit: Sheffield Robotics)

“Field robotics is a rapidly expanding area of research, and a key strength of the UK,” said event organiser James Law from Sheffield Robotics.

“As the technology progresses, we are seeing transformational applications appear in areas from mining to agriculture, through space exploration to maintaining our civil infrastructure.”

Founded in 2011, Sheffield Robotics is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University set up to integrate robotics research across the city and the region. For the competition, entrants will be provided with air and ground robots, with individual teams developing software to control movements and collect data. Tasks will include high and low-level surveying by unmanned aerial systems and ground-based sampling by wheeled rovers.

“This challenge will enable the technology leaders of tomorrow to work together to create innovative solutions to real-world problems,” said Law. “We are really looking forward to seeing the teams in action over the two days and the solutions they develop.”

The competition will be held on June 26 and 27 at High Bradfield in the Peak District National Park. Applications close at midnight on April 18, and you can register your interest here.

Last month, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) also revealed plans for a series of agricultural challenges for students.