Lab tours (July 8th)

Important: Meeting point of all lab tours is at Imperial College South Kensington campus between the Queen’s Lawn and the Sherfield Building, opposite the Queen’s Tower Rooms (QTR) ground floor.

Tour Labs Details Registration
Imperial College London Human Robotics Group & Brain and Behaviour Lab Times: 10:00, 12:00
Meeting point: Queen’s Lawn (South Kensington Campus) at 9:45am or 11:45am
Eventbrite (free) New places available!
Duration: 1hr
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science Times: 10:00, 12:00
Meeting point: Queen’s Lawn (South Kensington Campus) at 9:15am or 11:15am. We will walk through Chelsea to the hospital
Eventbrite (free) 15 places left!
Total of places: 30
Duration: 1hr
University College London Touchlab, BMADE & Surgical Robotics Lab Times: 10:00
Meeting point: Queen’s Lawn (South Kensington Campus) at 9:15am. We will walk to South Kensington tube station, take Circle/District line (eastbound) to Victoria, change to Victoria line (northbound) to Warren Street station.
Eventbrite (free) 10 places left!
Total of places: 40
Duration: 2hr (+ commute)You may need an Oyster card to use public transportation
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Aspire CREATe Times: 10:30
Meeting point: Queen’s Lawn (South Kensington Campus) at 9:00am. We will walk to South Kensington tube station, take Piccadilly line (eastbound) to Leicester Square, change to Northern line (northbound) to Edgware station, take bus 107 (stop B) to the Hospital (7 stops).
Eventbrite (free)
25 places available
Duration: 2hr (+commute)You may need an Oyster card to use public transportation
University of Bristol Bristol Robotics Lab Times: 10:30
Meeting point: Queen’s Lawn (South Kensington Campus) at 7:45am. A coach will depart at 8am to Bristol. The lab tour will last one hour and a half before you are taken for lunch. A tour to SS Great Britain is included. The coach will depart from Bristol at 15:30hrs to arrive back to South Kensington campus at 18:00hrs
Cancelled due to insufficient number of registrations

Human Robotics Group (HRG) at Imperial College London

Tour led by: Carlo Bagnato and Atsushi Takagi
The HRG, led by Prof Etienne Burdet, uses an integrative approach of neuroscience and robotics to investigate human sensorimotor control, and to design efficient assistive devices and training systems for neuro-rehabilitation, which are tested in clinical trials. This approach has generated promising projects and significant results in various areas from computational neuroscience to medical robotics, neural engineering and tissue engineering.

The HRG is part of the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, which is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally.


Brain & Behaviour Lab (Bioengineering) at Imperial College London

Tour led by: Dr Aldo Faisal
faisallabThe Brain & Behaviour Lab, led by Dr Aldo Faisal, is a multi-disciplinary research group across the Dept. of Bioengineering, the Dept. of Computing at Imperial College London and the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre (Hammersmith Hospital Campus).

The Brain & Behaviour Lab fuses neuroscience with technology contributing to the emerging discipline of neurotechnology. It combines methods from computing, physics and engineering with experimental human studies to understand how the brain works. Faisal Lab pursues both basic science and translational work by reverse-engineering the algorithms that drive brains and behaviour and by translating this understanding into technology that helps patients and people. Their research has been disseminated not only at internal conferences and journals but also in the news (BBS, Guardian), scientific magazines (WIRED, NewScientist, Scientific American) and at TED talks.


Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Tour led by: Dr Alejandro Granados
ICCESSThe Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) was established in early 2015 within the College’s Department of Surgery and Cancer. Located within Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, the Centre is led by Professor Roger Kneebone and Dr Fernando Bello, who between them have over fifteen years of experience in the field of medical simulation.

By combining clinical practice and simulation technology with rigorous scholarship, we aim to develop a new science where the perspectives of clinicians, bioscientists, patients and publics come together to address challenges which affect us all. Our focus on combining advanced yet portable simulation with haptic technology provides unique opportunities to recreate environments of education and care. We employ mathematical, computer and system modelling techniques to describe, study and recreate clinical processes through simulation with the aim of enhancing our understanding, facilitating learning, optimising resources, and contributing to the improvement of patient care and patient safety.


Touchlab (Robotics Lab) at UCL

Tour led by: Dr Vijay Pawar
Touch-Lab-3UCL Robotics is a cross-faculty initiative to develop a world-class teaching and research platform in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. They cover applications in the Life Sciences, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Creative Industries.

The research at the UCL Touchlab and the Virtual Reality Laboratory bridges the gap between Robotics and Autonomous Systems and a range of real world applications. It has recently been funded by an EPSRC capital grant, the primary research theme is in robotic telemanipulation of objects at multiple scales – enabling exploration, manipulation, and assembly tasks in new worlds beyond human capabilities.


Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange (BMADE) at UCL

Tour led by: Dr Peter Scully
BMADEB-made, the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, is a multidisciplinary centre that strives to foster the next generation of thinkers, designers and makers. B-made invites academia, industry and the public to engage with new and traditional tools, processes and materials. Our aim is to stimulate work generated by merging crafts with science and technology, and make a shift towards a new learning model. B-made underlines The Bartlett’s role as a national and international resource for innovation in design and manufacturing.


Surgical Robotics Lab (UCL)

Tour led by: Dr Danail Stoyanov
UCLSurgicalRobticsLabThe Surgical Robot Vision Group at the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and UCL Department of Computer Science, performs computer vision research specifically applied to surgery and robotic assisted surgery. Their particular focus is on developing real-time algorithms for computing the 3D geometry and motion of the anatomy, surgical camera and instruments, and for combining this information with preoperative and intraoperative imaging modalities and other surgical sensors.

Combined with the world leading clinical research at UCL, the Surgical Robot Vision Group aims to translate their computational methods and technology into the operating room enabling less invasive and more accurate surgical procedures that improve healthcare outcomes and benefit the patient.


Aspire Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (CREATe) at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Tour led by: Dr Rui Loureiro


Aspire Create, the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, is an exciting new joint research venture between the Aspire Charity, University College London and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. The centre was established at the beginning of 2014 to develop translational research to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Currently, it houses five academics (Dr Tom Carlson, Dr Lynsey Duffell, Dr Rui Loureiro, Dr Steve Taylor and Dr Anne Vanhoestenberghe), along with their researchers. This rapidly growing centre investigates techniques that are applicable and transferable between different domains in related areas of interest, including, but not limited to stroke, muscular dystrophy, amputation, the ageing population and training of specialised skills (e.g. surgical).


Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) at University of Bristol

Tour led by: Prof Angelika Peer
BRLBristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is the most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 200 academics, researchers and industry practitioners.

Together, they are world leaders in current thinking on service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering. The state-of-the-art facilities cover an area of over 3,500 sq. metres (over 37,000 sq. feet) and BRL is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence in Robotics.


Time Activity Duration
0745-0800 Pick-up at South Kensington Campus 15min
0800-1030 Imperial College London to Bristol 2hr 30min
1030-1200 Tour at BRL 1hr 30min
1200-1300 Lunch 1hr
1300-1345 BRL to SS Great Britain 45min
1345-1530 Tour at SS Great Britain 1hr 45min
1530-1800 Bristol to Imperial College London 2hr 30min