Loughborough University (LU) www.lboro.ac.uk is a leading UK research-intensive university. The Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (WSMME) holds two prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prizes in High Value Manufacturing, and is ranked 2nd in the UK. The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation (IMIA) is the EPSRC national centre for intelligent automation research.
LU is a Research member of the MTC-LU-UOB-Airbus challenger Team. LU will lead Task 2 and support the other two tasks. The EPSRC Centre at LU has an established stream of research on collaborative automation, which aims to enhance the use of existing worker skills via robot collaboration.
The EPSRC Centre is a research collaboration between Industry, Academia and the MTC. The principle industrial partners of the centre are from the Aerospace industry and therefore the team at LU have a strong track record working in this sector on numerous projects and challenges. Aerospace has a number of specific requirements, which are not prevalent within other industries, and the team at LU have extensive expertise working alongside these industrial partners. In addition, the state of the art laboratory based at LU has extensive industrial robotics equipment, both hardware and software, which can be utilised in support of the challenge.