Mark Woods - Using Robotics and AI to explore harsh spaces
As a society we rely heavily on a whole host of structure and civil infrastructure which must be inspected to keep it online. Often however this infrastructure is difficult to access and hazardous for humans to operate in but until now there has been no alternative but to continue with this model. One solution is to take people out and use robots in their place. This is however one of the most challenging environments in which to deploy advanced solutions both technically and commercially as there are no test tracks no models that can be easily used and physical access is fundamentally dangerous. This talk will describe how we are using state of the art to robotic technology developed for Mars exploration to address this challenge and implement a completely new way of executing this vital task.
Mark leads the Autonomy and Robotics group at SCISYS UK specialising in applications which enable autonomous exploration, survey or analysis of complex environments. He has over 20 years’ experience as an innovator leading, researching, developing and commercialising Robotics, Autonomy, Computer Vision and Machine Learning Based Applications from low to fully operational (industrialised) Technology Readiness Levels.