The UKRAS Robot Lab Live virtual robotics showcase event was completed with a great success! The event was featuring 16 of the UK’s top robotics research groups, where each team was showing-off their cutting-edge robots and autonomous systems simultaneously to live audiences on YouTube. The audience could flick between different demos running during a two-hour livestream and had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the research teams in the chat.
Dr Nisiotis from the School of Sciences at UCLan Cyprus was also part of this event together with researchers from the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research (CARR) from Sheffield Hallam University (UK), showing their collaboration project entitled “Amalgamated Realities”. This project aims to seamlessly blend the real with virtual worlds using Virtual Reality, Robotics and Social Networking technologies. The research team demonstrated the Virtual Museum of Robotics, where users can connect to using smart phone VR, navigate in the virtual world and learn more about the history of robots, interact with other users, and with guides, agents, and elements in the environment. They can also meet and interact with the digital twin of the robot Fetch, an intelligent robot physically placed in the STEM exhibition space at Sheffield Hallam University, and see the real world through its eyes in VR! You can watch the demonstration recording by clicking here.
Dr Nisiotis explains that: “converging Virtual Reality and Robotics together with other intelligent technologies enables us to create new types of complex computing systems, what we call ‘Cyber-Physical-Social Eco-Society of systems’ that can merge realities in space and in time. These systems are influenced by users and their behaviours to support a plethora of industrial and societal domains, and disrupt the way we (humans) interact with real and virtual worlds, with our surroundings, with robots, and with each other.”
Dr Alboul, (collaborator of Dr Nisiotis and who is responsible for the aforementioned research on Cyber-Physical-Social systems at CARR.) further explains that ‘’ the system can be further considered as a generalisation of the concept of ‘digital twins’. It may support the implementation of digital twins that could be able to synchronously shadow equipment, devices, , processes, and other complex entities, providing information about their operations and history of the evolution of their real/physical counterparts over time’’.