Science and Technology MP Stephen Metcalfe visits “world leading” technology research at Oxford Brookes

Friday, 20 January 2017

Stephen Metcalfe visits Wheatley

Stephen Metcalfe MP, who sits on the Government’s Science and Technology Committee, visited Oxford Brookes University on Friday (20 January).

Stephen visited the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory at the University’s Wheatley Campus and saw demonstrations of Artie, the life-size Robothespian robot and Baxter the humanoid robot. He also met the Formula Student Team and toured the collection of F1 cars in the University’s purpose-built mechanical engineering facility. 

Stephen Metcalfe, who is Chair of Parliament’s cross-party Science and Technology Committee, said: “I looked forward to visiting Oxford Brookes University where I learnt more about the great work that takes place in its specialist Cognitive Robotics Laboratory.

“Oxford Brookes is a world leader in the field of robotics research, which is becoming increasingly important as robotics and artificial intelligence are applied more broadly in modern society. By pushing the boundaries of what we think is possible, Oxford Brookes and its Cognitive Robotics Research Group are making incredible contributions – especially with regards to human-robot interaction and autonomous vehicles. 

Oxford Brookes is a world leader in the field of robotics research, which is becoming increasingly important as robotics and artificial intelligence are applied more broadly in modern society.

Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of Parliament's Science and Technology Committee

“It was fascinating to see some of this work with my own eyes. I also had the opportunity to see the Formula 1 collection at the university, which is situated right at the heart of the UK motorsport valley.

“Every year students from Oxford Brookes’ unique Motorsport Engineering programme go into the industry and it is courses like this that help our country remain an ideal base for Formula 1 manufacturers.”

The new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory encompasses research in human-robot interaction, autonomous vehicles and bio-inspired robots. 

Professor Nigel Crook, Head of the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and leading academic in Artificial Intelligence robotics said: “We are very proud of our courses at Oxford Brookes which span a range of fast-moving subjects at the cutting-edge of technology, and our strong links with the industry which enrich all of our teaching and research activities. 

“We were delighted to be able to provide Stephen with an exciting range of demonstrations and the opportunity to speak to our department lecturers who are at the forefront of teaching and research excellence at Oxford Brookes. It was a pleasure to welcome Stephen to the University.”

Professor Nigel Crook set up the visit while spending a week in Westminster as part of a unique government / scientist pairing scheme run by the Royal Society. More on this story can be found here

Information about studying in the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.