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July 12, 2018

Three ‘living labs’ which show how autonomous robots are changing cities

This blog was written by Rachel Macrorie and originally appeared in The Conversation on 12 July 2018. Ready or not, autonomous robots are leaving laboratories to be tested in real-world contexts. With more and more people living in cities, these technologies…
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BlogUrban Automation
July 10, 2018

Automating the City & Urbanising Automation: Four priorities to shape the expansion of robotics and autonomous systems in our everyday lives.

Ready or not, Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) are rapidly moving outside of laboratories and factories to be tested in the real-world contexts of everyday cities around the globe.  There are significant opportunities for technologists and receptive cities to work together…
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Urban Automation
May 14, 2018

New project: Beyond Smart Cities

The Urban Automation and Robotics team led by Prof Simon Marvin at the Urban Institute received the Royal Society research grant under the International Exchanges 2017 Cost Share (China) scheme. The awarded project, titled Beyond Smart Cities: A Comparative Analysis…
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Urban Automation
April 10, 2018

Robots will shape our cities of the future – these three cities show how

Dr Mateja Kovacic is a visiting academic at the Urban Institute working on the urban robotics and automation project, with a special focus on social and humanoid robots. This post first appeared in The Conversation. Before I started working on real-world…
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Urban Automation
January 8, 2018

Drones/Robotics and Development Priorities in Africa: Transformative Infrastructure or Digital Colonisation?

The British Academy has recently announced the successful applicants under Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects 2017. This programme will support nine interdisciplinary research projects geared towards producing policy-relevant findings and improving the welfare of people in developing countries. The projects aim to engage…
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Urban Automation
October 4, 2017

‘Geographies of Urban Automation’ – Call for Papers: AAG 2018 – New Orleans

Call for Papers: AAG 2018 – New Orleans Geographies of Urban Automation Federico Cugurullo – Trinity College Dublin Simon Marvin – University of Sheffield Rob Raven – University of Utrecht Alan Wiig – University of Massachusetts, Boston Call for Papers…
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Urban Automation
August 10, 2017

The myths of smart metering

This blog was written by Dr Rachel Macrorie, Research Associate and portfolio lead on Urban Automation. The largest UK infrastructure project is underway. Traditional electricity and gas meters in homes and businesses are being replaced with the next generation of…
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Urban Automation
July 12, 2017

Researching Sheffield’s diverse landscape of smart urbanism experimentation

The birthplace of stainless steel, Sheffield has long held worldwide recognition for its large-scale manufacturing industry, technical innovation and craft fabrication. With the decline of UK heavy engineering and associated rise in unemployment from the late 1970s, the public sector…
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Urban Automation
March 13, 2017

Future Cities Catapult Advisory Group

UI has been invited to join the Future Cities Catapult Expert Advisory Group on a research project on “Performance in Use.  The project is designed to provide an evaluation framework that helps urban authorities and the private sector to understand…
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Controlled EnvironmentsUrban Automation
February 2, 2017

Public Lecture at the IRI THESys Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Simon Marvin, UI Director, recently undertook a public lecture on "Managing urban turbulence: Atmospheric control and the modulation of infrastructure" on 19 January 2017, 17.15 pm, at Humboldt Universität's Grimm-Zentrum. Digital control systems enable the unpredictable ecology of the atmosphere…
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