KTN RAI21: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Industry Showcase


Visit ORCA Hub's Virtual Booth on 25th - 27th May 2021 at KTN RAI21

ORCA Hub's Virtual Booth Programme

KTN RAI21 ORCA Hub Virtual Booth

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Advanced Subsea Robotics, Heriot-Watt University


  • Tomasz Luczynski
  • Jonatan Scharff Willners

Times on Booth

  • Tuesday 25 May: 12:15-13:00


Dr Tomasz Luczynski will present the recent advancements in marine robotics made by the ORCA Hub researchers, based on advanced computer vision algorithms. This encompasses robust visual localization and mapping, 3D reconstruction as well as image enhancement that allows to successfully use cameras even in the most challenging conditions. Presented solutions have been tested offshore and some of them are ready for commercial deployment.

Dr. Jonatan Scharff Willners will present a framework for autonomous inspection and exploration of offshore structures. The system integrates motion- and task-planning with navigation, localisation and mapping for online operation. It can perform exploration of a structure when no prior knowledge is available or performing an inspection when the geometry is known. It includes multiple safety aspects both internally, including autonomous relocalisation when visual features are lost for continuous reliable pose estimation and externally such as collision avoidance. The system has been used successfully in multiple trials and can be deployed on various platforms with minor integration.

underwater image enhancement

Enhanced underwater image

Symbiotic System of Systems Approach and Asset Integrity Dashboard, Heriot-Watt University


  • Daniel Mitchell
  • Sam Harper

Times on Booth

  • Tuesday 25 May: 13:00-13:45
  • Thursday 27 May: 14:45-15:45


A symbiotic system of systems approach enables the integration of autonomous systems, sensing technologies, personnel, infrastructure and the environment. As robots are deployed further offshore, operators will remain on the shoreline, inherently relying on remote beyond visual line of sight operations. A hyper-enabled overview enhances the knowledge shared across these elements, leading to mutualistic gain and collaborative governance. The symbiotic digital architecture addresses resilience and safety compliance in trustworthy autonomous assistants.

The asset integrity dashboard enables wind farm operators to have an improved operational decision support assistant, which they can interact with and query in order to drive optimal performance.

The identified barriers in achieving trustworthy autonomous systems

The identified barriers in achieving trustworthy autonomous systems and the solution which includes collaborative governance via the interaction between cooperation, collaboration and corroboration.

The symbiotic system of system approach during a confined space mission

The symbiotic system of system approach during a confined space mission capturing C3 governance via cooperation, collaboration and corroboration across systems involved in the safe deployment of the autonomous confined space mission.

Design for symbiotic digital architecture

Design for symbiotic digital architecture highlighting the subcomponents form the human-in-the-loop operator to the robotic platform via bidirectional knowledge exchange.

Asset integrity dashboard

Asset integrity dashboard indicating the digital twin of an acquired sandwich composite wind turbine blade in green highlighting a defective area of the blade with red hatching and options for a human operator to attain more information about the diagnosed fault.

Limpet ROS-Enabled Multi-Sensing Platform, University of Edinburgh


  • Alistair McConnell

Times on Booth

  • Wednesday 26 May: 12:15-13:00


We will be showcasing the Limpet – a robot deployable multi-sensing ROS-enabled embedded device that allows industries and customers to transform their asset, environmental, and water monitoring into a digitised solution. The Limpet is a modular device equipped with multiple sensing modalities and communication technologies, with the ability to swap in and out different sensors and data communication methods depending on the application. The Limpet enables asset owners, operators and duty holders to effectively monitor a multitude of integrity and environmental related parameters for real-time and predicative asset monitoring.

Multi-Sensor Fusion for Robot Localisation and Mapping, University of Oxford


  • Marco Camurri
  • David Wisth

Times on Booth

  • Wednesday 26 May: 13:00-13:45


We will present our latest research on multi-sensor fusion to enable localisation and mapping of robots in real-time even in adverse conditions such as darkness, underconstrained geometry and aggressive motions. Our algorithm fuses data from IMU, camera and lidar and naturally fuses the best information from each sensor at all times. It is also lightweight enough that it can run on a portable device we designed in our lab. For more info visit: https://ori.ox.ac.uk/labs/drs/vilens-tightly-fused-multi-sensor-odometry/ Video: https://youtu.be/MjXYAHurWe8

Sonobotics Robot Deployable EMAT NDT Sensor, Imperial College London


  • Arnau Garriga Casanovas
  • Pouyan Khalili

Times on Booth

  • Thursday 27 May: 12:45-13:45


We will showcase the inspection system that we developed, called SONUS, which we are currently commercialising via our start up Sonobotics – see www.sonobotics.com for more information. SONUS is an acquisition system for EMATs designed to be easy to integrate into robots and UAVs. It does thickness mapping for corrosion detection and crack detection. We will also showcase integration of SONUS into robots and their application to scan components.

Multi-Modal UAV Inspection, Imperial College London


  • Brett Stephens
  • Hann Nguyen

Times on Booth

  • Thursday 27 May: 13:45-14:45


We'll be showcasing our multi-modal inspection capabilities within a variety of industrial and built-environment contexts, highlighting the broad application base of our aerial manipulator.

More about the project: https://youtu.be/MlvN91TFKeU.