Empowering UK and global industries with advanced Robotics and Autonomous Systems
The CRADLE Prosperity Partnership brings together the industrial experience that Jacobs has in applied Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) with the research expertise at The University of Manchester in this field, to create a collaborative research centre that is internationally leading and sustainable in the long term.
Work Package 1 – Components
Improving the reliability of sub-systems to ensure mission success in resilient robot autonomy.
- Robust Sensor Fusion
- Human-Understandable Confidence Metrics
- Risk-Aware Motion Planning and Control
- Modelling and Control of Complex Robotics Systems
Academic Leads: Bruno Adorno and Keir Groves
Industry Lead: Marti Morta-Garriga
Work Package 2 – Architectures
Designing resilient and verifiable software architectures for the reliable deployment of autonomous robots in demanding and long-lasting scenarios.
- Architectural Transparency
- Mechanisms for Robot Collectives
- System Aware Architectures
Academic Lead: Michael Fisher
Industry Lead: John Brotherhood
Work Package 3 – Interactions
Enhancing collaboration by addressing challenges in human and robot interactions for trustworthy and effective teamwork.
- Robots to Humans
- Humans to Robots
- From One to Many
Academic Lead: Angelo Cangelosi
Industry Lead: Kathryn Mearns
Work Package 4 – Assurance
Generating better evidence and arguments for ethical, safe, and secure design and implementation of robotics and autonomous systems.
- Evidence Generation
- Informing Future Standards
- Design for Assurance
Academic Lead: Louise Dennis
Industry Lead: David Sanderson
Work Package 5 – Demonstrators
Showcasing next-generation solutions in a range of cyber-physical environments leading to the deployment of robotic platforms in the real world.
- Requirements and Benchmarking Analysis
- Design Tool Chains
- Simulated Environments
- Cyber-Physical Mission Environments
Academic Lead: Simon Watson
Industry Lead: Matthew Goundry