Unlocking the Potential of Soft Robotics with the Robotic Operating System

Building your own soft robots can be a daunting task for someone just setting out. Even after building the robot you still need to sort out control systems and software to get it working. Our work on open-source tools for soft robotics is paving the way for the easy adoption of soft robotics by those… Continue reading Unlocking the Potential of Soft Robotics with the Robotic Operating System

European Robotics League for Service Robots

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR) hosted its first European Robotics League for Service Robots (ERL-SR). The competition took place in Heriot-Watt University’s custom-built living laboratory. I volunteered to be part of the refereeing team. Hosting the competition was a great chance to find out more about the technical requirements, time commitments and the intensity of… Continue reading European Robotics League for Service Robots

Why should women choose a career in Robotics?

Why is gender diversity in robotics important? It’s an issue that is very personal to me as a woman in STEM. I’m hoping to use this blog post to reach out to women to join me, layout some reasons why I think robotics could be a great career for you and highlight why the industry… Continue reading Why should women choose a career in Robotics?

Using the Robotarium Cluster: Part 1

Introduction Over the summer and early fall of last year (2014) I got the opportunity to use a cluster to run some of my experiments for my master’s thesis. The experiments revolved around collecting performance metrics for varies benchmarks as part of a comparison between two different types of multi-threaded platform agnostic programming languages. The… Continue reading Using the Robotarium Cluster: Part 1