Industrial Automation and Optimisation: Human Robot Collaboration, Co-robotics and Autonomous Systems

An initiative supported by the East Midlands Enterprise Universities and the UKRAS Network.

Industry-focused Event on 30/11/2022

We invite stakeholders from industry, development, and research from across the automation and robotics sector to join of this one day event. This event is part of an initiative of the East Midlands Enterprise Universities to join forces with regional industries to work together exploiting the opportunities and addressing the challenges of recent advances on robotics, automation, and specifically “collaborative robots” – robots working closely with and alongside humans. Read more about our joint Mission Statement of the Initiative (supported by the UK-RAS network). We believe this event is of particular interest for small and medium sized manufacturing (eg., food, textiles) and logistics business based in the East Midlands.

About this event

How can autonomous systems and robotics be used in your business?


Join leading researchers from the East Midlands Enterprise Universities (EMEU, Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent University, and de Montfort University) for a FREE two-part event. The exact date and timing will be released soon on our EventBrite Booking page.

Draft Schedule

Part 1

9.30 am – 12.00 noon

Hear about the future and potential uses of autonomous devices and robotics. contributors include –

  • Prof Philip Breedon, Professor of Smart technologies, Nottingham Trent University),
  • Prof Marc Hanheide, Professor of Intelligent Robotics & Interactive Systems, University of Lincoln
  • Prof Tracy Harwood, Professor of Digital Culture, De Montfort University
  • Prof Karen Savage, Professor of Creative & Collaborative Arts, University of Lincoln

The event will also include an exhibition and a tour of the University of Lincoln’s state of the art Robotics labs which are part of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems, including demonstrations and presentations of robots used in agriculture, manufacturing and logistics.

Part 2

1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Participate in a workshop to discuss key issues and concerns in the adoption of autonomous devices within your business. Themes to be discussed in small working groups include digital twins, training support, integration, operations, and supply chain.

The event will be of particular interest for small and medium sized manufacturing (eg., food, textiles) and logistics business based in the Midlands region of the UK. You may already be thinking about how autonomous devices can support your business operations but have not yet taken the first step, or you may already be working with robots and are looking at how to better integrate them into your operations.


In person only, University of Lincoln, Isaac Newton Building

Book your place via Eventbrite now.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the local organising committee: Marc Hanheide and Karen Savage

Mission Statement

Whilst CoRobotic solutions are being considered by companies, there are still many who are hesitant based on the ‘unknown’ costs, potential risks, lack of technology integration support and the potential health and safety issues. Interestingly although this presents significant challenges for SME’s there is some evidence that even large global organisations are still ‘sitting on the fence’ when it comes to considering implementing corobotic systems. For these companies the ‘risk’ seems to be primarily aligned with concerns around Health and Safety.

Existing evidence also suggests a need and provision for:

  1. Building a co-robotic technology-based platforms and assessing system integration and employee engagement to improve efficiency and safety.
  2. National and regional policies that promote automation and robotics as a key enabler to higher productivity.
  3. Essential solution for automated warehouses. Developing solutions that can be used in public consumer locations such as supermarkets alongside humans would be significant.
  4. As a platform solution, it can contribute to many different types of organisations.
  5. Co-robots and the potential to work alongside humans in supermarket scenarios for out of hours shelf replenishing etc. plus ‘lights out’ philosophy, totally automated warehouses and distribution centres running 24/7
  6. Intelligent automation – Automation systems that are self-managing –  Systems that can predict problems and when problems occur can diagnose the issue and apply an automated remedy( condition monitoring systems)

Project Team

University of Lincoln

Nottingham Trent University

de Montfort University