Background

In October 2015, RSSB launched a £500,000 call for research for feasibility studies to develop novel ideas around how to make use of robotic and/or autonomous systems to carry out rolling stock maintenance and inspections in order to help the rail industry reduce time, cost and increase reliability of inspections.

On this page you can find information about the research competition and watch footage from the information and networking day.

For any questions, please email: researchcompetitions@rssb.co.uk

Information day

October 2015

10:00

Welcome and Introductions

Stuart Hillmansen, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham and RRUKA Academic Co-chair

10:05

The future of robotics

RAS 2020: what innovations in the world of robotics mean for the UK and for the rail industry?

David Lane, Heriot-Watt University

Watch Recording
10:35

Rolling Stock Maintenance: an introduction

  • Current state of play – How is rolling stock maintenance carried out?
  • Understanding the challenges – An introduction to the challenges that the industry currently faces related to rolling stock maintenance, inspections and servicing.
  • Future maintenance concepts – What challenges will the future present?

James Pollard, Hitachi Watch Recording
David Polhill, ATOC Watch Recording
Mark Molyneux, ATOC Watch Recording

10:55

Q&A Panel

Stuart Hillmansen, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham and RRUKA Academic Co-chair
Simon Jarret, Chiltern Railway
David Lane, Heriot-Watt University
James Pollard, Hitachi
David Polhill, ATOC
Mark Molyneux, ATOC

Watch Recording
11:10

Coffee break, networking and poster exhibition

11:35

Rail robotics applications so far

This session will cover a number of case studies about robotics applications to rail and how they have tackled the technology, reliability, ethics and policy challenges.

Mark Richardson, Omnicom Watch Recording
Tom Edge, Network Rail Watch Recording
Javier Yebes, Gobotix Watch Recording

11:40

Applications from other industries: case studies

The case studies in this session will highlight how RAS has been successfully used to maintain assets and perform inspections in the aviation and nuclear industry.

Tom Richardson, Bristol University Watch Recording
Jan Stegenga, INCAS3 Watch Recording
Thomas Vögele, DFKI Watch Recording
Dragos Axinte, University of Nottingham Watch Recording

12.55

Q&A Panel

Tom Richardson, Bristol University
Jan Stegenga, INCAS3
Thomas Vögele, DFKI
Dragos Axinte, University of Nottingham
Mark Richardson, Omnicom
Tom Edge, Network Rail
Javier Yebes, Gobotix

Watch Recording
1:20

Lunch break

14:20

Summary

Stuart Hillmansen, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham and RRUKA Academic Co-chair
14:30

Future opportunities

Margaret Adams, RSSB Watch Recording
Luisa Moisio, RSSB Watch Recording

Call for Research



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Other R&I Competitions

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RAS for Rolling Stock Maintenance
RSSB ran a call for research to develop novel ideas for using robotic and/or autonomous systems to carry out rolling stock maintenance and inspections.