Deputy First Minister visits Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
John Swinney MSP visits The University of Edinburgh Wednesday 24th August 2022
Today we had the pleasure of hosting Deputy First Minister John Swinney in our world leading robotic facility at Edinburgh University. As part of his visit, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar provided a tour of the robotics lab where we had the opportunity to showcase our strengths in robotics, AI and Data Science ahead of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland announcement.
As part of the tour and as a key growth area where technology can aid in revitalising the economy, the Deputy First Minister was introduced to several robotic platforms currently used in healthcare and assisted living research, alongside robotic platforms used in offshore and renewable asset maintenance and repair as part of the Living Labs setup in the Bayes' Centre.
The visit also gave the opportunity to discuss the progress of the DDI initiative at The University of Edinburgh in partnership with Heriot Watt University funded through the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, which supports the creation of new partnerships making a positive difference in society and supporting Edinburgh to become the data capital of Europe.
The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal is a 15 year investment programme jointly funded by the UK Government and the Scottish Government which has also recently supported the creation of the new National Robotarium facilities located at Heriot-Watt University.