10th January 2018

A pioneering Bristol centre at the forefront of research into the use of robot technology has been praised by South West MEP Ashley Fox, Conservative leader in the European Parliament.

IMG 4388Current projects at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaboration between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, include developing robots that can help care for our ageing population and creating bio-energy sources that can generate electricity from human urine.

“Unless you happen to work in the field of robotics then I imagine few people have heard of BRL – but it is a first rate laboratory that is carrying out some truly pioneering work,” commented Mr Fox after the visit. “The University of the West of England should be proud of what it is doing, not just in research and development but also, in how it supports young entrepreneurs to their findings to set up new businesses.

“Dozens of new enterprises are, or have, benefitted from this nurturing with their technologies now trickling out into the wider economy and our communities. You may not have heard of the BRL but I think increasingly into the future we will be grateful for the work it is doing.”

As a member of the Industry, Research & Energy Committee in Brussels, Mr Fox, visited to learn how the impressive facility, spread over 50,000 square feet, is helping to create new tools to help us in our everyday lives.

BRL Director Professor Chris Melhuish, who met Ashley when he arrived, said: “The technologies developing at the BRL will help meet the challenges our society faces in the 21st century. Mankind has always pushed the boundaries of what is possible, a tradition our laboratory continues to this day.”

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