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Britain's Unloved Robots Seek Better Relationships with Intelligent Humans

Originally published - 10 May 2000

British manufacturing robots are not attracting enough bright young people to take an interest in their current use in industry or their future development. Those humans who care about the future of manufacturing robotics in the UK have decided to move their British Automation and Robotics Association to the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick, to use its global contacts and formidable technical reputation to draw more interest to British robotics from the leading technical, academic, and business figures and organisations. BARA will run in partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Groups' automation application research group, led by Dr Ken Young. This will allow it to utilise Warwick Manufacturing Group's facilities and draw on its global reputation among manufacturing companies to win much of the ground lost in recent years to other countries.

The UK has been overtaken in its use of automation technology by a number of nations, even including Spain. Dr Young says; "If we are to maintain any manufacturing industry here it is important that this trend is reversed. This link will make independent advice on robot application available to industry and will ensure that automation is used appropriately."

One of the main problems facing manufacturing industry, and manufacturing robotics in particular, has been the lack of quality people wishing to get involved. This is caused in the main by the poor image most people have of the industry. Dr Young believes that BARA's new partnership with Warwick Manufacturing Group will help "build on the interest that has been created in robots by television programs such as "Robot Wars" and attract a stream of technically capable graduates."

For further details please contact:

Dr Ken Young, BARA c/o University of Warwick
Tel 024 7657 3742 Mobile: 0777 5534345
Email bara@bara.org.uk www.bara.org.uk
Tel: 024 76 523716

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University of Warwick
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