Minister of State for Universities and Science sees world-leading mobile robotics research at first-hand

At the end of February Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, visited the Department of Engineering Science Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) laboratory to see world-leading research at first-hand. This visit coincided with the announcement that Oxford University is to receive £13.5 million from the Government to support DPhil students in engineering and physical sciences, as well as significant funding geared towards boosting the UK's research into quantum technologies.

Jo Johnson said: We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation. This new funding builds on our protection for science spending by supporting research in our world-leading universities and helping to train the science leaders of tomorrow.’

Jo Johnson with Professor Ingmar Posner and DPhil Student Julie Dequaire Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, with Professor Ingmar Posner and DPhil student, Julie Dequaire. Mobile Robotics Group Workshop Jo Johnson at the MRG workshop with DPhil student, Markus Wulfmeier, and Senior Researcher, Chi Hay Tong. Photo: John Cairns Jo Johnson with DPhil student Dan Barnes DPhil student, Dan Barnes demonstrates MRG’s ground-breaking technology.

Julie Dequaire, a second year DPhil student at MRG, commented: ‘It is an incredible opportunity for me to be here… it is great to see how dynamic robotics is in the UK. We have robotics that can easily adapt in the real world and that is something we are very lucky to have. This is why we need this kind of funding to keep that up.’

The Department’s Professor of Information Engineering, Paul Newman, said: ‘This kind of money is vital for the nation in the next decade in terms of developing in areas of science and engineering. It’s a great show of the Government to do this, it’s all part of backing the nation to be technology leaders.’

During his visit to Oxford in February Jo Johnson also spent time at the University's Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub.

For more on this story please visit:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-03-01-oxford-awarded-%C2%A3135m-dphil-places-and-further-funding-quantum-research

To find out more about the Department of Engineering Science Mobile Robotics Group please visit:

http://mrg.robots.ox.ac.uk/