The National Robotarium, the UK’s leading centre for robotics and artificial intelligence, hosted a Heriot-Watt University staff open day on 15 December.

The event was held to showcase the new facility to staff, many of whom were integral to its creation, design and development following completion of the project in 2022. , funded

Over 250 members of staff signed up to tour the building’s specialist labs and watch demonstrations of how researchers are using its high-spec technology and robotic systems to test and develop solutions in the areas of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Precision Laser Applications (PLA). Members of some of the research teams were on-hand to demonstrate cutting-edge robotic technology and share with guests how science at the National Robotarium can help industry and society be safer, healthier and more productive.

Several members of University Court – who have had full oversight of the National Robotarium’s development since its funding from the UK and Scottish Governments was confirmed in 2018 – also attended the open day, with a private tour by CEO Stewart Miller and PLA lead Dr Richard Carter, who led on the organisation and delivery of the event.

Watch this video to find out more about the event.