Robotics and Autonomous Systems ‘call for research’ now open!

RSSB is making £250,000 available via RRUKA to fund a number of academic-led feasibility studies to respond to the challenge of improving maintenance by applying robotics and autonomous system technology to reduce whole-life costs and/or assist humans with monotonous and labour intensive tasks.


The objective of this call is to establish a number of cross-disciplinary consortia to conduct research into novel applications of robotic and autonomous system technology for train maintenance, inspection and servicing in order to:

  • reduce operating costs;
  • improve the speed and efficiency of maintenance practices;
  • reduce risk to maintenance personnel.

The competition is open to all interested academics from all relevant departments. Cross departmental collaboration is highly recommended.

Background info

An information day was held on 20 October alongside the UAV/Robotics Innovation Show at the ExCeL, London. Read this article to find out more.

Recordings from the event and copies of the presentations are available on the webinar hub and on SPARK.

Interesting videos about train cleaning, maintenance and refurbishing are available at this link:


Additional networking opportunities

Please note that “Ask the expert” and “Consortia building” sessions will be facilitated via the webinar hub on the following days:

Please sign in on the webinar hub and visit the ‘Live Feed’ page.


Please find all relevant documents below:

Robotics – Call for Research Brief (1606KB pdf file)

Project Proposal – TEMPLATE (672KB docx file)


Feasibility studies proposals due 22 January 2016
Winning bids will be announced Early February 2016
Feasibility studies due to start March 2016
Project outcomes presentations at the RRUKA Annual Conference November 2017



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