The Cognitive Robotics Group

The Cognitive Robotics Research group at Oxford Brookes University undertakes research into human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robotics.

A primary focus of this research is enabling more natural interactions between humans and robots. This theme centres largely on the changing needs of society as we become more reliant on robots and need more intuitive ways of interacting with them.

Current projects include:

  • Accurate robotic replication of human head gestures

    Creating a robot that closely represents a human both in form and behaviour and that is capable of engaging in convincing communicative interactions with humans.
  • Bootstrapping Biomimetic Control

    Providing a new class of novel and highly efficient biomimetic learning and exploration schemes to realize control on platforms that elude detailed modelling and simulation.
  • Intelligent Transport Systems

    Combining several areas of research including wheel torque control, computer vision and gesture recognition to develop an autonomous vehicle that can think and react to visual and audio commands as well as what’s happening in its surroundings.
  • Multi Sensor Fusion for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping on Autonomous Vehicles

    Exploiting the availability of multiple heterogeneous sensors to accurately localize an autonomous vehicle and estimate the (evolving) configuration of the surrounding dynamic environment.

Isis Innovation & Oxford AHSN Technology Showcase 2015

By: Isis Innovation

eHealth & Big Data – Innovation with Impact, 30 June 2015

Innovation with Impact - event logo

The Oxford eHealth & Big Data, Isis Innovation & Oxford AHSN Technology Showcase 2015 will highlight the latest, most exciting technology opportunities and projects in this area from Oxford University and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, our co-hosts and partner for this event.

The audience will hear about the latest exciting projects and views from industry leaders, experience our technologies in the exhibition demonstrations, meet and network with leading academics and industry innovators.

The Oxford eHealth & Big Data will be a one day high profile event designed to show off the newest and most innovative technologies and expertise available from Oxford University and select partners. The event is free to attend and open to colleagues working in the eHealth and Big Data sector or connected to healthcare innovation and enterprise, including our Oxford Innovation Society members.

Themes for this event in eHealthcare and Big Data include: patient engagement, adoption of technologies and innovative projects into the NHS, NHS digital strategy, analytics, population health/epidemiology, genomics/personalised medicine, m-health/self-monitoring, image analysis, biobanking, meaningful data, linking data and social care.


10.00-10.30 Registration with tea/coffee

10.30-12.00 Keynote speeches and project presentations

12.00-1.30 Lunch and exhibition (posters and demos)

1.30-3.00 Keynote speech and project presentations

3.00-3.30 Afternoon tea break

3.30-5.00 Final presentations and expert panel discussion

5.10-6.00 Drinks, canapes and networking amongst the exhibition


Keynote speakers

Dame Fiona Caldicott

Fiona Caldicott

Dame Fiona is the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care, appointed by the Secretary of State for Health in England in November 2014, and also Chair of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. She is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist and was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1993-6, and Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. From 1996-7 she chaired the Caldicott Committee on patient identifiable data and the National Information Governance Board from 2012-13. Since then she has chaired the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel. She was Principal of Somerville College in the University of Oxford from 1996-2010, and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 2002-10.


Professor Alistair Fitt


Professor Fitt is Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and also a member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board. Alistair was previously Pro Vice Chancellor at Oxford Brookes with a remit that covered all research and knowledge exchange at the University. He studied at Lincoln College, Oxford, and specialises in industrial applied mathematics research. Alistair’s external involvements include close connections with EPSRC and other funding agencies. He is a long-standing member of the Council of the IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) and the Executive Secretary of ICIAM, the worldwide organisation for Applied Mathematics.


Andy Walker

Andrew Walker

Andy Walker is Commercial Director for McLaren Applied Technologies, responsible for the development & execution of commercial strategy and creating and maintaining relationships with customers and commercial partners. Specifically Andy leads much of MAT’s business development activity in healthcare including managing the relationship with GSK Pharmaceutical R&D. Prior to joining McLaren, Andy specialised in building innovative, high-tech telecoms businesses, co-founding two venture capital backed software start-ups in Cambridge, UK, raising a number of investment rounds and being part of the management team executing a successful IPO.


Will Cavendish

Will Cavendish

Will Cavendish was appointed Government Director General of Innovation, Growth and Technology in June 2014. He is responsible for promoting innovation and technology to bring about a major transformation in health outcomes and in health and care delivery , and supporting innovative and globally competitive health and care sectors, boosting UK jobs and growth. Before joining the department, he was Executive Director of the Implementation Group for the Cabinet Office. Will has a PhD in Economics. He has worked for the World Bank and held a number of non-executive positions with organisations such as the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and the Coram Children’s Charity.

This posting originally appeared on the website of Isis Innovation

Tech Nation Cluster Profile: Oxford

By: Bill Imlah, Oxford Internet Institute

“Oxford has witnessed incredible digital success in recent years ” – Tech City

Following the recent launch of its Tech Nation report, Tech City has been running a series of profile pieces on each of the digital clusters featured in the report. Here is what they have to say about Oxford.

21,970 people in digital employment

“Oxford has witnessed incredible digital success in recent years with Natural Motion Games, Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory acquired by Zynga and Google respectively. World-leading academic institutions in the area provide tech startups with exceptional talent and there are now nearly 22,000 people in digital employment in the area and 79% report good access to social networks.

“Established digital sectors which are established in the Oxford cluster are Big Data and Cyber Security, although in recent years there has been an increasing presence of EdTech and HealthTech companies. Instrumental to the rise in the level of technical variation are the support organisations which have sprung up in the city, such as Digital Health Oxford and Digital Oxford.

“The student community is also a core driving force behind the innovation which is taking place and Oxford Entrepreneurs, a student society based in Said Business School, claims to be the largest student entrepreneur society in the world. Also housed in the department was Venturefest‘s 2014 innovation conference, to be housed there again this year, bringing together high tech businesses from across the UK.

“In addition to world-leading universities, local academic centres of excellence include three science parks, the University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre, the long established Computer Science Department, and the Isis Innovation software incubator.

Oxford Launchpad

“Dave Fletcher, Chair of Digital Oxford, commented: ‘There are lots of startups across all sectors in Oxford, and an increasingly vibrant community – though it is not always easy to see from the outside.’ “

To find out more information about the Oxford digital cluster, download the Tech Nation report.