Future AI and Robotics Hub for Space (FAIR-SPACE)
The FAIR-SPACE Hub is a UK national centre of research excellence in space robotics and AI. The Hub was launched in November 2017, as part of the government’s £84m R&D funding on “robotics and AI for extreme environments” through the Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF). In its initial 3-year programme, the Hub has secured a £7.95m research grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), boosted by a further £7.5m match fund from the industrial sector and a £15m business development fund.
Micro-Robotics for Surgery
The programme grant 'Micro-Robotics for Surgery' seeks to harness different strands of engineering and clinical developments in micro-robotics for precision surgery to establish platform technologies in: 1) multi-scale robotic design and fabrication; 2) micro-manipulation and cooperative control; 3) microscopic imaging and spectroscopic biosensing; 4) intra-operative vision and navigation; and endoluminal platform development.
Wellcome Trust Institutional Translational Partnership Award
The Hamlyn Centre at Imperial College holds an Institutional Translational Partnership Award (iTPA) from the Wellcome Trust allowing it to implement a framework inspired by Medtech Industry R&D processes for rapid acceleration of medical device development, with fast deployment into clinical settings. This Accelerator leverages the academic research excellence, strong clinical links and the translational environment at Imperial College.