The Birmingham Institute for Robotics

The Birmingham Institute for Robotics is the focal point for all robotics research and education at the University of Birmingham. 

Director for the Institute of Robotics - Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani OBE

Our core aims

  • To deliver research breakthroughs in Robotics
  • To deliver high impact research
  • To deliver a pipeline of innovation and research from lower to higher TRLs
  • To provide a future workforce with specialist robotics knowledge and expertise  

Robotics is highly multidisciplinary, and our institute includes academics from all five of the University’s Colleges. This provides us with significant expertise in engineering, computing, AI, materials, social science and law, related to robotics.

We are working in all the fundamental areas of robotics including, but not limited to: actuation; sensing and vision; manipulation; automation; autonomous systems and AI; and human-robot interaction.

We have extensive experience of applying robots to multiple application areas. We have a significant track record in the areas of: robotics for railways; infrastructure; medical/health; nuclear; space; autonomous vehicles; and manufacturing and remanufacturing.

Research themes

•    Circular economy, energy and extreme environments
•    Health and social care
•    Rail, infrastructure and construction

For enquiries, please email Institute Operational Director, Dr Steve Davis.

Additional information

We are currently developing our web presence. Please look out for further updates in summer/autumn 2023.