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EUREKA Robotics Lab

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As one of the flagship research clusters at the Cardiff School of Technologies, EUREKA Robotics Lab is the innovative research hub nested in the School of Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University, serving Wales and global stakeholders. EUREKA stands for Ethical-Ubiquitous Robotics driving Economy and Knowledge Accelerator with the meaning of “exclamation of satisfaction on discovering something, solving a problem, finding a solution with fun and engaging experience”.  Partnering with international collaborators from companies and universities, the current research strands in the Lab are: Social and Service Robotics for (1) Healthcare; and (2) Hospitality and Tourism; and  (3) STEAM-STEM Lab and Robot Intelligent Maker Lab. We are also expanding the horizon to mobile and swarm robotics.

Grounding on the machine learning techniques and data visualisation & analytics capacities, the lab aims to educate and R&D the service and social humanoid robotics, from the world-class research inquiry and education innovation.

Founder of the Lab and PI: Dr Esyin Chew, Reader in Robotics & Educational Technologies
Email: echew@cardiffmet.ac.uk  Twitter: @esyinchew


Latest News

1. We hosted the 8th International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications (RiTA2020)

  • This is the RiTA2020 programme and welcome to register (£50) as an on-demand Conference Attendee to access the keynotes speeches and presentations recording from Korea, UK, Malaysia, Japan, China and etc.  and Eureka Eisteddfod Roboteg - Robotics Expo recording: brief on EventBrite  


3. Industry focused with placement opportunities for our integrated BEng/MEng Robotics Engineering. The exciting MSc in Robotics and AI programmes (subject to validation) will be available by Sept 2021 entry at Cardiff School of Technologies Building (Welsh version)

4. EUREKA Robotics Lab is profiled by the International Trade Department of the UK government as one of the specialist centres in the UK to access Social/ Service Robotics facilities and long-term healthcare robotics R&D. 

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Further news on Twitter: @eurekarobot and EUREKA Youtube channel


EUREKA Robotics Lab's Effort to Combat COVID-19

1. Robot EUREKA for tele-care, remote visit and Christmas Carol in COVID-19 ward and elderly homecare: 

2. Coronavirus: Epidemic Preparedness and Control with Robot Nightingale and Robot Almeida - Get Started Grant

3. Air Disinfection Atomizor Robot and UV +Negative Ion Generator Air Disinfection Robot - welcome to contact us for the demo and purchase. 

4. PhD research in healthcare and hospitality robotics. 

5. 3D designed and 3D printed face sheild / visors/ masks.
6. Virtual Eureka Eisteddfod Roboteg - Robotics Expo (FREE Event): STEM demo for primary school kids. 

EUREKA People

Key Members and Co-investigators: 

  1. Dr Esyin Chew, Reader in Robotics & Educational Technologies, Cardiff School of Technologies 
  2. Professor Jon Platts, Dean, Cardiff School of Technologies 
  3. Catherine Tryfona, Head of Department of Applied Computing and Engineering, Cardiff School of Technologies 
  4. Dr Pengcheng Liu, Academic Associate, Cardiff School of Technologies
  5. Nigel Jones, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  6. Dr Simon Thorne, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  7. Dr Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  8. Dr Wai-keung Fung, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  9. Dr Sia Chow Siing, Senior Lecturer in Data Science, Cardiff School of Technologies
  10. Dr Shadan Khan Khattak, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  11. Dr Mike Lakoju, Senior Lecturer, Cardif Schoolf of Technologies
  12. Dr Thanuja Mallikarachchi, Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  13. Dr Wenshu Zhang, Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  14. Dr Khalifa Ahmed, Lecturer, Cardiff School of Technologies
  15. Lisa Fenn, PGCE Programme Director, Senior Lecturer in PGCE Primary and Early Year, Cardiff School of Education
  16. Dr Emmet McLoughlin, Lecturer in Tourism and Event Management, Cardiff School of Management
  17. Dr Katarzyna Minor, Lecturer in Hospitality Management,  Cardiff School of Management
  18. Ellie Bevan,  First Campus Manager


Current Internship and Researchers 

  1. David Shuyang Hu, Associate Tutor & PhD
  2. Joel Pinney, Associate Tutor & PhD
  3. Jack Jiaji Yang, Associate Tutor & PhD
  4. Sarah-May Mcvey, PhD
  5. Yinglun Huang, MSc
  6. Senal Rashanta Dharmasiri Jayatilaka Mudiyanselage, MSc 
  7. Pawr Dip, MSc 
  8. Vincent Moses Muzuva, MSc
  9. Jesse Sigalov, MSc (Lead Programmer at OptiMusic Ltd.)
  10. Linh Thuy Dong, MBA
  11. Parastoo Porhonar, BSc  
  12. Aveen  Najm, BSc 
  13. Zyad Reda Shihabeldeen Mohammad: HexaPod: DIY Robotic Kit for education, BSc
  14. Jack Dabrowski, BSc
  15. William John Rhys Thomas, BSc
  16. Joshua Scott Coles, BSc  

Previous Internship: 

  • Postgraduates Internship 
  1. Michelle Mei-Hsuan Lee (MSc in Computer Science, Cardiff University, 2020)
  2. Jayesh  Saini (MBA, 2020)
  3. Junliang Liu (MSc in data Science, 2018/2019)
  4. Junbo Qi (MSc Information Technology Management, 2020)
  5. Holly Jiya Zhao  (MSc in data Science, 2020)
  6. Corrine Ngandu, Graduated (MSc Information Technology Management, 2018/2019)
  7. Cairen Carol, Graduated (MSc Information Technology Management, 2018/2019)
  8. Fiona Li, Graduated as the Best Student of the academic year 2017/2018 (MSc in Data Science)

  • Undergraduates and Pre-U Internship


  1. Aaron Joseph Smith  (BSc in Computer Science, 2020)  
  2. Eliza Ioana Georgescu (BSc in Software Engineering, 2020)  
  3. Pawr Dip (BSc incomputer Science, 20200 
  4. Vincent Moses Muzuva (BSc in Computer Science, 2020)
  5. Victor Deji Emmanuel (BSc in Business Information System, 2020)
  6. Alberto Campuzano (BSc in Computer Science, 2019)
  7. George Henry Chester Burns, Graduated as one of the best Dissertation titled: Service Robots in the Automobile Salesperson Profession (BSc in Computing) - 2018
  8. Ervin Visitacion (BSc in Computer Science): Autonomous traffic light and vehicle  - 2018
  9. Stuart Hartley, BSc in Computer Science, Cardiff School of Technologies - 2017
  10. Eleanor Walsh (Pre-U internship) - 2019
  11. Shiqi Lin (Pre-U internship) - 2019

RobotiCare and RobotiServe Lab: Healthcare and Hospitality

  1. Robot Nightingale and Robot Almeida (2020-2022) - the First Robotic Nurse: Dr Esyin Chew, David Hu & Jack Yang
  2.  Robotics for Elderly Women Care, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Speech Rehabilitation & Play Specialist Modeling: Junbo, Jungliang, Linh Thuy Dong, Aveen Najm & Dr Esyin Chew
  3. Coronavirus: Epidemic Preparedness and Control with Care4URobot funded by Get Started Grant
  4. Robotic Arms for Well-being and Aesthetic Drawing:  


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5. Multi-lingual Humanoid Robotics for Hospitality with Service Intelligence

Teams: Jack Yang and Dr Esyin Chew 

Robotics for Hospitality research and innovation (2019) https://youtu.be/1g6GRuHoOuw

  • Yang J. & Chew, E. (2020) “Intelligent Service Robots to enter the Hospitality Industry: Job Termination or Gospel to Waiters”, 3rd UK RAS Conference 2020: ‘Robots into the Real World‘, University of Lincoln, 17th April 2020. 
  • Yang, J. & Chew, E. (2020) A Systematic Review for Service Humanoid Robotics Model in Hospitality, Springer International Journal for Social Robotics.  (Impact Factor 3.168; indexed by JCR & Scopus, within the top 20 of Google Robotics publication)

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Read more about our research project here: 

  1. Wales’ ‘first robotic waiter’ pays a visit to Cathays café. 
  2. A Cardiff restaurant is employing robot waiters– should we be worried?
  3. Robot EUREKA GEN-1 Pilot test 


6. Chatbots

Team: William John Rhys Thomas, Joshua Scott Coles & Dr Simon Thorne


7. Robotics for Tourism and hospitality (WCTR)

Team: Dr. Kasha Minor and Dr Emmet McLoughlin 

Minor K., McLoughlin E., Richards V. (2021) Enhancing the Visitor Experience in the Time of COVID 19: The Use of AI Robotics in Pembrokeshire Coastal Pathway. In: Wörndl W., Koo C., Stienmetz J.L. (eds) Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2021. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65785-7_55, pp 570-577

https://twitter.com/WCTR_CardiffMet/status/1352591139174543365?s=20 


8. Bi-lingual (English and Thai) Robot for British Council Thailand Science Fair (Aug 2019)

Team: Dr Esyin Chew, Pawr Dip and British Council Thailand

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Robot Richard Parks meet Thai Ministers of Science and Technology, and British Council Thailand Country Manager. Click here for further information.  

9. Bi-lingual (English and Welsh) Robot Concierge at Kizuna and Tanabata Exhibition:

  • Funded by Cardiff School of Technologies and National Museum Cardiff
  • Team: Dr Esyin Chew, Dr Simon Thorne, David Shuyang Hu, Corinne Ngandu, Cairen Zhou.
  • Press: Cardiff Met Humanoid Robots greet guests at National Museum Cardiff
  • Hu, S.Y. & Chew, E. (in press) Design and Experimental Research Based on NAO Robot in Museum, International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM 2020). https://2020.teemconference.eu/special-issues/
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STEAM Lab: Intelligent Robot Maker Lab with Aesthetics

We advise schools and colleges to setup AI Maker lab through robotics and innovative design to prepare the next generation for Industrialisation 4.0 with robotics for education. We delivered more than 50 STEAM Lab workshops for schools in Wales, England, Spain and Thailand between 2018-2021.  

We deliver the introductory 500-years history of robotics public seminars, and hands-on robotic programming workshops for primary and secondary schools throughout the academic year and term break. All STEAM Lab programmes aims to promote the interdisiplinary and creative education, putting an "A" (Aesthetic or Arts) within the STEM.  In addition, we can host See Science-funded Teachers CPD  to visit EUREKA Robotics lab for teacher training.

As STEM Ambassador for Wales, we deliver yearly robotics competitions for schools across Wales to enhance the STEAM education amongst young people, particularly girls: 

Please contact Jack Yang (jyang@cardiffmet.ac.uk), Lisa Fenn (LSFenn@cardiffmet.ac.uk), Nigel Jones (njones@cardiffmet.ac.uk) or Dr Fiona Carroll (FCarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk) for further details. 

1. Bio-inspired 3D Design & Printing Robots; Robot Aesthetics (2021-2023)  

Team: Jay Saini, Yinglun Huang, Linh Dong, Zyad Reda, Joel Pinney, FIona Carroll and Dr Esyin Chew

  • Saini, J. & Chew, E. (In press) A Systematic Review for 3D-Printing in Modern Social Robotics, iM3F 2020: Innovative Manufacturing, Mechatronics & Materials Forum 2020. Springer Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering (LNEE) (Springer, EI and Scopus-indexed).   


2. Educational Robotics (2021-2023) 

Team: Sarah-May Mcvey, Yinglun Huang, Parastoo Porhonar, Dr Fiona Caroll & Dr Esyin Chew 


3. Robot Dewey, the Chinese Language Tutor (2018-2019)

  • Project website; Funded by Cardiff Met Interdisciplinary grant
  • Team: Dr Esyin Chew, Fiona Li, Cardiff School of Technologies, Dr Nikolaos Konstantakis, Cardiff School of Education, Chua X,N, Monash Univeirsty Malaysia. 
  • Award: the project was shortlisted as one of the Finalist of the eAssessment Award 2018, the International e-Assessment Awards
  • Chew, E. and Chua, X.N. (2020), "Robotic Chinese language tutor: personalising progress assessment and feedback or taking over your job?", On the Horizon, https://doi.org/10.1108/OTH-04-2020-0015 ISSN: 1074-8121. (Scopus, ECSI Australian Education-Indexed).

4. Robotic Music, Maths and Language Teaching Assistant (2019-2020)

5. STEAM Education with Robot Dewey and JD Robots for Blanycwm (2017/2018):

  • Funded by the First Campus, OptiMusics Ltd, Brynmawr & Nantyglo Town Councils and Cardiff School of Technologies
  • Team: Lisa Fenn, Cardiff School of Education; Dr Esyin Chew, Nigel Jones, Stuart Hartley, Cardiff School of Technologies; Susan Davies, Headmistress of Blanycwm School.
  • Press:

(1) School Children Given Tech-Tastic Insight into Robotics with Cardiff Met team

(2) Video from the Judge of 2018 Eureka Robotics Lab - Blanycwm School Competition 

(3) Industrial sponsored robotics competition to learn about Museum artefacts and the Award Ceremony 

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6. STEM-STEAM Robotics Workshops across Schools:  

  • Funded by the First Campus and respective schools.
  • National Saturday Club Science 2019: Supporting an endurance athlete  through an expedition
  • Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni (Feb 2019)
  • Barry Island Primary School (March 2019)

7. Girls Can Code by Dr Fiona Carroll, Aveen and parastoo (2020). 

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8. Team Quest: Richard Sparks Expedition with a Humanoid Robot at the South Pole

  1. Cardiff Met Partners With Extreme Athlete Richard Parks  (http://www.richardparks.co.uk) Ahead of Antarctica Expedition: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/Cardiff-Met-Partners-with-Extreme-Athlete-Richard-Parks-Ahead-of-Antarctica-Expedition.aspx

  2. Meet Richard's expedition partner - NAO from our CST 

  3. Cardiff Metropolitan University Partners with Team Quest 

  4. Richard Parks | NAO and School of Technologies video 

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9. Cardiff School of Technologies Marketing Robots for Corporate Branding:

  • Team: Professor Dr Jon Platts, Dr Jason Williams, Dr Esyin Chew, Programme Directors, Corrine Ngandu, Pawr Dips and all interns at Cardiff School of Technologies

  • Press and Photos:

    (1) Eureka Robotics Lab at Eisteddfod! (2018) Cardiff Local TV:

    https://www.cardifflocal.tv/videos/meeting-the-welsh-robots-x6rq528/

    (2) Open Days at Cardiff Metropolitan University

    (3) Global Week (March 2019)

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Publications, Public Engagement, Press and Media 


  • Journal Articles, Conference Proceedings, Policy Impact Publications and Invited Speeches
  1. Chew, E., Lee, P. H. & Khan, U. S. (2021) Robot Activist for Interactive Child Rights Education, International Journal of Social Robotics, The International Journal for Social Robotics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00751-3   (Impact Factor 3.168; WoS & Scopus-indexed, within the top 20 of the Top Publications Google Scholar citations) 
  2. Yang, J. & Chew, E. (2020) A Systematic Review for Service Humanoid Robotics Model in Hospitality, Springer International Journal for Social Robotics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00724-y  (Impact Factor 3.168; indexed by JCSR & Scopus, within the top 20 of Google Robotics publication). 
  3. Yang, J. & Chew, E. (in press) The Novel Design Model for Robotic Waitress, The International Journal for Social Robotics (Impact Factor 3.168; WoS & Scopus-indexed, ranked within the top 20 of the Top Publications Google Scholar citations) 
  4. Saini, J. & Chew, E. (in press) A Systematic Review for 3D-Printing in Modern Social Robotics, iM3F 2020: Innovative Manufacturing, Mechatronics & Materials Forum 2020. Springer Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering (LNEE) (Springer, EI and Scopus-indexed). 
  5. Minor K., McLoughlin E., Richards V. (2021) Enhancing the Visitor Experience in the Time of COVID 19: The Use of AI Robotics in Pembrokeshire Coastal Pathway. In: Wörndl W., Koo C., Stienmetz J.L. (eds) Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2021. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65785-7_55, pp 570-577
  6. Zhang, W., Thomas H. G. Ezard, Alex Searle-Barnes, Anieke Brombacher Orestis L.Katsamenis and Mark Nixon (In press) "Towards Understanding Speciation By Automated Extraction And Description Of 3D Foraminifera Stacks." In 2020 IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation (SSIAI), pp. IEEE, 2020.

  7. Pinney J., Carroll, F. & Newbury, P. (in press) Robots and Uncertainty: An investigation into the impact of the aesthetic visualisation on people’s trust of robots. The 8th International Conference on RiTA Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications, Springer Lecture Notes of Mechanical Engineering. 
  8. Yang, J. Chew, E. & Liu, P. (in press) Service Humanoid Robotics: Review and Design of A Novel Bionic-Companionship Framework, The 8th International Conference on RiTA Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications, Springer Lecture Notes of Mechanical Engineering.
  9. Hu, S.Y. & Chew, E. (in press) Design and Experimental Research Based on NAO Robot in Museum, International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM 2020). https://2020.teemconference.eu/special-issues/ 

  10. Hawkins, G.O. & Chew, E. (in press) TOM: The Robotic Drum Teaching Assistant Innovating Music Teaching, IM3f 2020. Springer Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering (LNEE) (Springer, EI and Scopus-indexed). 

  11. Yang J.J. & Chew, E. (2020) Intelligent Service Robots to enter the Hospitality Industry: Job Termination or Gospel to Waiters, 3rd UK RAS Conference 2020: 'Robots into the Real World', University of Lincoln, 17th April 2020.
  12. Chew, E. and Chua, X.N. (2020), Robotic Chinese language tutor: personalising progress assessment and feedback or taking over your job? On the Horizon,  ISSN: 1074-8121. (Scopus, ECSI Australian Education-Indexed).
  13. Mishra, D, Chew, E, Ostrovska, S, Wong, J. (2020) Personal response systems through the prism of students' experiences. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 1– 15. (ISI & & Scopus indexed) 
  14. Chew, E. & Turner, D. (2019) Can a Robot bring your life back? Robotics for Rehab. Springer Nature Book Chapter 1: Robotics in Healthcare: Field Examples and Challenges, Sequeira, J. (Ed) Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1170Springer Nature, pp.1-35. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24230-5_1
  15. J. Zhang, Z. Jin, Y. Zhao, Y. Tang, F. Liu and P. Liu, " Design and Implementation of Novel Fractional-Order Controllers for Stabilized Platforms," IEEE Access (Impact Factor: 4.098), 2020.
  16. M. N. Huda, P. Liu, C. Saha and H. Yu, “Modelling and motion analysis of a pill-sized hybrid capsule robot,” Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems (Impact Factor: 2.02), 2020.
  17. Q. Li, A. Zhang, P. Liu, J. Li and C. Li, "A Novel CSI Feedback Approach for Massive MIMO using LSTM-Attention CNN," IEEE Access (Impact Factor: 4.098), 2020.
  18. Esyin Chew (2019)  Artificial Intelligence: Robotics, the curriculum and inclusion, Invited Festival of Higher Education Speaker, the University of Buckingham. http://www.hefestival.com/speakers-2019  
  19. Cao, XY, Guo SH, Lin, JC, Zhang, W.S and Lia, MHo. "Online Tracking of Ants Based on Deep Association Metrics: Method, Dataset and Evaluation." Pattern Recognition (2020): 107233.
  20. Lewis, R., Anderson, T. and Carroll, F. (2020). Can School Enrolment and Performance be Improved by Maximizing Students’ Sense of Choice in Elective Subjects? Journal of Learning Analytics, vol. 7(1), pp. 75–87, doi: 10.18608/jla.2020.71.6 
  21. Edmond, E. C., Prakash, E., and Carroll, F. (2020).RoboDoc: Critical Ethical Issues to Consider for the Design and Development of a Robotic Doctor Experience. Journal of Future Robot Life, 1 Jan. 2020: 1 – 5. DOI: 10.3233/FRL-200002
  22. Liu, P., Huda, M.N., Tang, Z. and Sun, L. (2019). A self-propelled robotic system with a visco-elastic joint: dynamics and motion analysis. Springer Engineering with Computers, pp.1-15. 
  23. Ding, S. L. and Chew, E. (2019) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet: A study via metaphoric perceptions on how online feedback benefited Chinese learners, Journal of Educational Technology Research and Development, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-019-09651-w [SSCI,Scopus-indexed; Impact factor: 2.672] 
  24. P. Liu, H. Yu and S. Cang, “Adaptive neural network tracking control for underactuated mechanical systems with matched and unmatched disturbances,” Nonlinear Dynamics (Impact Factor: 4.604), 2019, vol. 98, no. 2, pp. 1447-1464.
  25. P. Liu, M. N. Huda, Z. Tang and L. Sun, “A self-propelled robotic system with a viscoelastic joint: dynamics and motion analysis,” Engineering with Computers (Impact Factor: 3.551), 2019, pp. 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s00366-019-00722-3.
  26. Carroll, F. (2019). Technology for humans: Prioritising human well-being in our science . In SCIENTISTS ARE HUMANS Magazine.
  27. A. Zhang and P. Liu, “Reweighted lp Constraint LMS-Based Adaptive Sparse Channel Estimation for Cooperative Communication System,” IET Communications (Impact Factor: 1.779), 2019.
  28. Z. Tang, H. Yu, C. Lu and P. Liu, “Single-trial classification of different movements on one hand based on ERD/ERS and corticomuscular coherence,” IEEE Access (Impact Factor: 4.098), 2019.
  29. A. Shyam, P. Lightbody, G. Das, P. Liu, S. Gomez-Gonzalez and G. Neumann, “Improving local trajectory optimisation using probabilistic movement primitives,” the 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2019), 2019.
  30. M. N. Huda, P. Liu, C. Saha, N. Naz, S. M. Aziz, “Design of a Novel Hybrid Robot for In- Vivo Applications,” the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2019, 2019
  31. A. Cachia, M. N. Huda, P. Liu, C. Saha, A. Tickle, J. Arvanitakis, S. M. Aziz, “Development and evaluation of a novel robotic system for search and rescue,” the 20th Towards Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference (TAROS 2019), 2019.
  32. Q. Fu, C. Hu, P. Liu, S. Yue, “Synthetic neural vision system design for motion pattern recognition in dynamic robot scenes,” arXiv preprint arXiv:1904.07180, 2019.
  33. Platts, J. & Chew, E. (2019) The Taxonomy of Social Robotics in the EUREKA Robotics Lab, the 4th World Congress of Robotics Book publication, 31st Aug - 1st Sept,2019, Shenyang, China.
  34. Thomas, B (2019) Wales’ ‘first robotic waiter’ pays a visit to Cathays café. InterCardiff, Cardiff University.  
  35. Yang, Z (2019) A Cardiff restaurant is employing robot waiters– should we be worried? InterCardiff, Cardiff University.  
  36. T. Mallikarachchi, D.S. Talagala, A. Fernando, H. Kodikara Arachchi, "Content-Adaptive Feature-Based CU Size Prediction for Fast Low-Delay Video Encoding in HEVC", IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 28(3), Mar. 2018, pp. 693 – 705.
  37. T. Mallikarachchi, D.S. Talagala, A. Fernando, H. Kodikara Arachchi, "Decoding-Complexity-Aware HEVC Encoding Using a Decoding-Complexity-Rate-Distortion Model", IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, vol. 64, no. 1, Feb. 2018, pp. 35 – 43
  38. Dr Liu Pengcheng is invited to give a keynote speech at the 3rd Micius Forum (墨子论坛) hosted by The University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), April, 2019 Hefei, China, 2019. https://wales247.co.uk/the-cardiff-lecturer-leading-the-way-in-autonomous-robotic-systems/
  39. EUREKA Robotics Lab (2019 ) Written Evidence by EUREKA Robotics Lab, Cardiff School of Technologies, UK Parliment Education Committee's Fourth Industrial Revolution
  40. Chew, E. (2018) In Love and War with Service Robots: the Passionate Deployment, Challenges and National Policy Implications, Springer's Communications in Computer and Information Science. Keynote of the 6th International Conference on Robot Intelligence technology and Applications: Robotics and Machine Intelligence: Building Blocks for Industry 4.0, Springer's Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering (LNME) 16-18 Dec 2018, http://2018.icrita.org/index.php  [ISI – Scopus indexed]

  41. Chew, E. (2017) What are the implications of artificial intelligence? In Love and War, Written Evidence, UK Parliment Artificial Intelligence Select Committee's Publications.
  42. Hiew, F.C., Sheard, J., Parthiban, R. and Chew, E. (2018) How seamless are technology-rich learning environments? Voice of IT educators, 2nd-4th July, 23rd Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2018), Larnaca, Cyprus, ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE – Ranked A Conference in CORE).
  43. Chew, E., Lee PL. and Ho WH. (2018) "Enhancing Seamless Nurses-Physician Communication After-Hours with Google Glass," 2018 International Conference on Smart Computing and Electronic Enterprise (ICSCEE), Shah Alam, 2018, pp.1-6, doi: 10.1109/ICSCEE.2018.8538415. (Best Paper Awards). 
  • Press and Media
  1. BBC (2020) Adam Walton explores our relationship with robots, we’ll hear from Dr Esyin Chew, Founder of Eureka Robotics Lab at Cardiff Met, Dr Ze Ji, from the School of Engineering at Cardiff University; and Professor Robert Richardson, Director of the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation at the University of Leeds:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000l14c 
  2. STEAM Robotics workshop at Gabalfal Primary School (2020) : https://twitter.com/eurekarobot/status/1219962557508870144?s=20  
  3. STEAM Robotics workshop at Radyr High school (2020): https://twitter.com/eurekarobot/status/1207358642917392384?s=20 
  4. British Council Thailand (2019) Innovation is born when art meets science. Nao @cardiffmet sparks inspiration and lots of joy. Pawr Dip is with the Ministry of HE Thailand, Science, Research & Innovation delegation and Nao from Cardiff Met. 
  5. Visited Robopreneur Sdn Bhd (Ltd) @Futurise Centre, Cyberjaya. Proud to see Malaysian made robotics technologies: smart micro-controller, RobotRookie and 3D printed Robot Adam with natural English conversation.
  6. EUREKA Robotics Competition (2019) Award CeremonyCertificate and Congratulations from the CEO, Optimusic Ltdwinners from Barry Island Primary SchoolBlaenycwm School at EUREKA Robotics
  7. Robotics Workshops hosted by Nigel Jones (2019) In conjunction with the 2019 EUREKA Robotics Competition Award Ceremony: Golf playing, mini golf courseROV underwater robots brilliant Maths problem solving challengecoding to create pictures and Painting robots

  8. First Campus (2019) Sanbot the robot is helping Dr Esyin Chew welcome Barry Island Primary School and Plaenycwm Primary School to Cardiff Met University.

  9. First Campus at EisteddfodUrdd (2019) Cardiff Met stand with JD; the robotics lab Interns were interviewed by Welsh TV.

  10. Barry Island Tweet (2019) Fantastic time discovering the endless possibilities of robotics!

  11. Saturday Science Club (2019) A Welsh speaking robot programmed by a Sat Science Club pupil.

  12. STEM Workshops at Barry Island (2019a) Incredible Huamnoid Robotics Workshops Inspiring Young Minds with a Huge Barry Island thank you.

  13. STEAM Workshops at Barry Island (2019b) Raising public Awareness on Robotics and AI Careers and Salaries

  14. STEAM Workshops at Barry Island (2019c) Raising Teachers and Students Awareness on Job Risks due to Robotics and AI, wih Ethical and Social Implications  ; with Full of Thoughtful Questions!

  15. STEAM Workshops at Barry Island (2019d) Fascinating Barry Island Primary School with Historical Facts of Humanoid Robot  and the First Modern British Robot, Eric

  16. STEM Workshops at Barry Island (2019e) Fun Engagemeng and Inspiring at Barry Island Primary School with NAO's Gangnam StyleTaiji Kungfuplaying virtual chess with a robot;  instructing Humanoid Robot to floss  and to selfie -- Creating awe and wonder among children!

  17. First Campus (2018) KS2 Humanoid Robotics Competition Awards Ceremony. https://www.firstcampus.org/project/humanoid-robotics-competition-awards-ceremony

  18. CardiffMet Tweet (2018a) Brynmawr School have been working with Cardiff School of Technologies to learn more about humanoid robots. https://twitter.com/cardiffmet/status/1012750125272387586

  19. Eureka Robotics Lab at Eisteddfod! (2018) Meeting the Welsh Robots, Cardiff Local TV.https://www.cardifflocal.tv/videos/meeting-the-welsh-robots-x6rq528/

  20. Cardiff Met News (2018) Cardiff Met humanoid robots greet guests at National Museum Cardiff's new Japan Exhibition https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/Cardiff-Met-humanoid-robots-greet-guests-at-National-Museum-Cardiff%E2%80%99s-new--Japan-Exhibition.aspx

  21. National Museum Cardiff (2018a)https://twitter.com/Museum_Cardiff/status/1007344325766864897

  22. National Museum Cardiff (2018b) https://twitter.com/Museum_Cardiff/status/1014441200823230469

  23. CardiffMet Tweet (2018b) Humanoid Robots at National Museum Cardiffhttps://twitter.com/cardiffmet/status/1007631362805944320

  24. Cardiff Met News (2018a) School Children Given Tech-Tastic Insight into Robotics with Cardiff Met team. http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/School-Children-Given-Tech-Tastic-Insight-into-Robotics-with-Cardiff-Met-team.aspx


  •  Students' Insitutional Blogs: 

  1. Aveen Najm: My robotics Intenrship with Computer Science at Cardiff Met 

  2. Zyad Reda: 3D Printing Face Shield for NHS workers with Computer Science at Cardiff Met

  3. Joel Pinney:  Studying Computer Science at Cardiff met helped me achieve what I deemed to be impossible

  4. Jiaji Yang: Studying Intelligent Robotics at Cardiff Met Made Me Feel the Power of Future Tech

  5. Sarah-May Mcvey: Taking the Journal from Undergrad ro Postgrad with IT at Cardiff Met

  6. Paw Dip: Travelled o Bangkok to Showcase my Robot Dewey to the Thai Mnister of Education 

  7. Vincent: My Study Trip to Malaysia with EURKEA Robotics Lab interns 

  8. Ioana Eliza Georgescu, FromRobots to AI - My Experiences Studying Computer Science at Cardif =f Met. 


Selected Students' Robotics Projects on Youtube: 

  1. Richard Parks' and Robot Dewey's Adventures Across the Seven Continents – Face Recognition, Emotion Recognition and Object Recognition by Nao (2020). The real Richard Parks' Tweet at the South Pole with Robot NAO Dewey and the event
  2. Aaron Smith developed the Low cost, voice controlled robotic meal assistant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkxfNG-vTLk
  3. Raising Coronavirus (COVID-19) Awareness: Sensei NAO is about to spread the word with Tactile sensors for human-robot interaction, Face recognition, Emotion recognition, Bi-pedal walking and Dancing  (2020) 
  4. JD Maths Tutor (Nov 2019)
  5. Eve - the Robot Receptionsist (Nov 2019) 
  6. Swahili Language Teacher (Nov 2019) 
  7. Charles Babbage Awakens - Robotic Maths Teacher (Nov 2019) 
  8. Robotic receptionist with EZ Robot and Pandora Bot  (Nov 2019) 
  9. Jin Robot: the Child Specialist (2018)
  10. Robotic Play Specialist (2018)
  11. Play Therapist Robot with Pandora Chatbot (2018)
  12. Chip Concierge Robot (2018)
  13. RTwoD2 Medical Assistant Humanoid Robot (2018)
  14. AVA Baby Sitter for infant (2017)
  15. Dutch Language Tutor (2017)

 

 

Facilities and Partners

Facilities: two physical labs with access to more than 30 robots, robotics simulation & accessories, specialist AI software, Modelling, visualisation & analytics IDE, Matlabs and Simulinks , advanced AR kit, mobile and wearable devices, more than 30 high specs computers and laptops, video conference facilities, CleverTouch and industrial grae and educational 3D printers for key members to build the parts of the robots.

Strategic Partners:
OptiMusic Ltd, API Robotics Ltd, Robopreneur Sdn. Bhd., First CampusBeijing Normal University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and etc.

Collaborators:
KAISTUniversiti Pahang MalaysiaUniversity of South Wales, British Councils, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Carehome in Wales, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz Austria, Universidade de Lisboa, Sustainable Environment Research Centre, University of South Wales, National Human Rights Commission MalaysiaTeam Quest,  Sony Technologies Centre, Barclay's Eagle Lab, various Schools in Wales, National Museum Cardiff, See Science Ltd. and etc.

Join us for PhD, Master or Internship Research

The EUREKA Robotics Lab recruits highly motivated, academically-strong PhD and Master Researchers who are able to develop world-class humanoid robotics projects and will contribute to the research knowledge that will have real industrial, public and social impact. 

Studying for a research degree is a highly rewarding but challenging process. You will be supervised by professional but friendly academics supported by a research team and external collaborators or robotics vendors. Networking with like-minded interdisciplinary individuals, you will push the research boundaries of our understanding about service and social robotics landscape, and work to become a leading expert in your topic area with regular contact and supervision with your supervisors.

Most research projects would involve real stakeholders which you will gain project management, critical communication and presentation skills, as well as leadership, possible business and innovation skills; and the ability to seek solutions to complex, multifaceted problems. 

The higher research degree can be self-funded or industrial/research project-funded. Please see the following current offering braod topics in the lab (not limited to):


  1. Dr Wenshu Zhang (WZhang@cardiffmet.ac.uk): Robotics visions and robotics gaming.
  2. Dr Thanuja Mallikarachchi (TMallikarachchi@cardiffmet.ac.uk): Autonomous Mobile Robotics and Video Coding; Robotics Motions, Path Planning and Optimisation; Computational learning and optimization for autonomous systems, e.g., learn from demonstration, imitation learning.
  3. Dr Khalifa Ahmed (AKhalifa@cardiffmet.ac.uk): robotic systems including flying/ground robots, aerial/ground manipulators, and homogeneous/heterogeneous multi-robot systems; control strategies include robust, predictive, cooperative, and distributed.
  4. Dr Mike Lakoju (mlakoju@cardiffmet.ac.uk) Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber-Analytics
  5. Dr Sia Chow Siing (CSia@cardiffmet.ac.uk): Robotics for Finance Technologies (FinTech) and Maths Tutor, Bayesians. 
  6. Dr Shadan Khan Khattak (SKhattak@cardiffmet.ac.uk): Robotics for outdoor rescue and Robtoics for argriculture
  7. Dr Wai Keung Fung (fungwaikeung@gmail.com): Demonstration, Autonomous Mobile Robotics (Mapping, Navigation, Path Planning, Localisation, SLAM of wheeled robots, UAVs, AUVs), Shared Autonomy, Networked Robotics, Swarm Robotics, Computational Intelligence (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, Evolutionary Computing, Deep Learning), Intelligent Control, Digital Twins.
  8. Dr Fionna Carroll (FCarroll@cardiffmet.ac.uk): Neuro-Science and Humanoid Robots, Aesthetics and Robotics and Affective Robotics; Robotics Ethics and Social-legal implications & proposition 
  9. Dr Simon Thorne (SThorne@cardiffmet.ac.uk): MARS Exploration; Chatbot with Artificial Intelligence techniques, e.g. neural networks, CNN, 
  10. Dr Esyin Chew (echew@cardiffmet.ac.uk): Humanoid Robotics for Elderly Women Care and Wellbeing; Bio-inspired robotic design and modelling; Cognitive Robotics; Deep Learning and Classifications. 

Please email your initial research interest or idea to respective potential supervisors. 

Training, Consultancy, Robotics Solutions and Service

UK Artificial Intelligence Select Committee published the founder of Eureka Robotics Lab, Dr Esyin Chew’s written evidence 1 that discuss the impact of AI and robotics in society: the intelligent technologies, from computers to robots that mimic human’s intelligence and five senses, for learning, analytical reasoning, business decision making, real-life problem solving and companionship. However, is AI in the UK ready, willing and able 2

Back to the Future and Star Wars are our key team members’ favourite movies, and the future is here due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Eureka Robotics Lab bring the future to Wales by empowering businesses and public sector with the capability and capacity of the world leading robot technologies from France-Japan, China and Canada for the following initiatives:

A. Funding and Investment Opportunities for robot sourcing, development and customisation 

We are specialists in service and social robots and develop customised humanoid robotics solution based on customers’ requirements. With the aim of developing smart specialisation and smart citizens for Wales, we hope to support strategic industrial technical challenges with robotics and AI on commercialisation and exploitation of new products, processes or services and growth for businesses and public sectors. Further details of possible funding available can be found below:

https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/smart-partnerships

https://businesswales.gov.wales/expertisewales/smartexpertise

http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/research/Pages/KESSII.aspx 

We welcome all in-kind matched (e.g. staff time and consumables) investment opportunities from small companies, SMEs or corporates.

B. Training, Consultancy and Workshop Delivery 
With minimum charges, we provide customised training, workshops and consultancy for businesses or public sectors to explore more about robotics solutions and services, as well as data and social media harvesting and analytics. 

C. Humanoid Robot Rental, Purchase & Event Service 
Finding a new interesting way to spark your exhibition or event? How about a humanoid robot to dance, talk, interact or serve your customers or visitors? 

It is our pleasure to make your event or exhibition a world-class sales and marketing gimmicks with unique and stunning customers’ or visitors’ experience. Please contact Jack Yang (jyang@cariffmet.ac.uk) or Dr Simon Throne (sthorne@cardiffmet.ac.uk) for further details. 

Kizuna exhibition pic with First Minister for web.jpg

Keith Dunn OBE (Honorary Consul for Japan in Wales); First Minister Carwyn Jones AM, Dr Simon Thorne (Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Technologies) and Robot Dewey from Cardiff School of Technologies.

1. http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/artificial-intelligence-committee/artificial-intelligence/written/69675.html

2. https://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/Artificial-Intelligence/AI-Written-Evidence-Volume.pdf

3. https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news-parliament-2017/fourth-industrial-revolution-launch-17-19/

4. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond/