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The UK invests £85 million in universities various kinds of technologies

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Robotics and autonomous systems have the potential for use across a broad range of sectors, from oil and gas production to prosthetic limbs.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, has revealed that funding will be made available to more than 20 universities across the UK to support and strengthen existing research in the areas of robotics and autonomous systems, advanced materials and grid-scale energy storage.

Three of the government’s ‘eight great technologies’ seen as having the biggest potential for UK growth are to receive an £85m investment for capital equipment.

Speaking at the Global Intelligent Systems conference in London, David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, announced the results of a call for proposals issued by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Two Scottish universities (Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt) have been given just over £6 million of UK Government funding for research in the field of robotics and autonomous systems.

Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh have jointly secured the money, which will be used to develop a research centre in the Scottish capital.

Professor Dave Robertson, head of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, said: “This new centre builds upon Edinburgh’s reputation as an international hub for robotics research and prepares us for new challenges where humans and robotic systems must work together.”

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