Bristol Robotics Laboratory

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Bristol Robotics Laboratory
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DirectorChris Melhuish
FacultyFaculty of Environment and Technology, UWE
Faculty of Engineering, Bristol
LocationBristol, United Kingdom
AffiliationsUniversity of the West of England
University of Bristol

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), established in 2004, is the largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK.[1][2][3][4][5] It is the result of a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England in Bristol and is situated on UWE's Frenchay Campus. An internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory covers an area of over 4,600 sq. metres (50,000 sq. feet).[6] The Laboratory is currently involved in interdisciplinary research projects addressing key areas of robot capabilities and applications including human-robot interaction, unmanned aerial vehicles, driverless cars, swarming behaviour, non-linear control, machine vision and soft robotics. The BRL director is Professor Chris Melhuish, serving with deputies Tony Pipe and Arthur Richards.


The BRL was formed in 2004.

In 2014, BBC News at Six was broadcast live from the BRL. The feature was the third of a three part series of pre-budget specials fronted by anchor George Alagiah and then Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym.[7]


  1. ^ "Bristol Robotics Laboratory". Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Mobile phone runs on urine power". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Bristol Robotics Laboratory". Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  4. ^ "No need to feel left out if there's a robot about". Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  5. ^ "UK's biggest robot laboratory opens in Bristol". Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  6. ^ "About Bristol Robotics Laboratory". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  7. ^ "BBC News at Six broadcast from Bristol Robotics Laboratory - 12 March 2014". Retrieved 2018-12-19.

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