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£3m extension will expand robotics r&d workforce by 50%

15 August, 2019

The UK government is funding a £3m extension to the Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (Race) research facility at the Culham Science Centre, near Oxford. The extension will allow Race to expand its workforce by more than 50%, to around 250, and increase its collaboration with academic and industry partners on the latest robotics equipment and testing facilities.

Since opening in 2016, the Race facility has conducted r&d into the use of robotics in extreme industrial environments where it is difficult for people to work. It also supports companies developing their own autonomous systems.

Race is a key centre for implementing the government’s Robotics & Autonomous Systems strategy, which aims to equip the UK to compete in this emerging global industry.

A control room at the Race robotics research facility which has received a £3m boost from the UK government



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