Securing a sustainable future with robotics
Humanity is at the dawn of a Robotics Revolution as significant as the Industrial and Digital Revolutions. For the first time in our history, machines can be more than just our tools – they can be our partners. And nowhere will that partnership be more important than at the front lines of Defence and Security, where it is imperative that we protect those who protect us; in Energy and Heavy Industry, where every ounce of efficiency squandered today is a debt owed to future generations; and in the Earth Sciences, where wresting knowledge from the jaws of nature is the first step towards managing our impact on the environment.
Autonomous Devices produces robotic systems that change the game in each of these areas – because these are games we have to win.
Gryphon is a revolutionary hybrid driving and flying autonomous system for the remote inspection and mapping of hazardous confined spaces. Based on a robust and highly compact flying platform with an independent ground mobility system, Gryphon can carry heavy specialist payloads into extremely challenging environments. For forensically sensitive applications, Gryphon’s dual mode mobility allows an operator to manage the risk of scene disturbance whilst exploiting the relative strength of each mobility mode (endurance on the ground and access in flight). Coupled with a simple user interface that leverages a high level of on-board automation, backed up by reversionary autonomous behaviours to handle any eventuality, Gryphon is a powerful tool that promises to remove specialist responders from dangerous situations.
Osiris combines the best features of drones and climbing robots in challenging tasks such as wind turbine blade inspection. Drones offer flexible stand-off inspection, but their utility is limited by an inability to achieve secure contact with structures, ruling out contact-based Non-Destructive Testing techniques such as active thermography and ultrasound. Climbing robots offer constant contact with the target structure, but access requires placement and retrieval by a human, obviating the risk alleviation and time-saving benefits. Osiris operates as both a drone and a climbing robot, with an ability to transition between the two modes, and therefore offers the benefits of each without its inherent limitations.
£ invested by MoD
£ invested by Innovate UK
products in the pipeline
Ken has a long and highly successful track record in developing unmanned systems for the Air, Land and Maritime domains across the Defence, Security, Energy and Earth Science sectors. In 2008 he developed two Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) types for the winning entry in the UK MoD’s Grand Challenge for autonomous systems, and in 2013 he led a small team that produced a highly innovative Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), delivering a full scale proof-of-concept demonstrator vehicle in just eleven weeks. He is currently completing a PhD part-time at Imperial College, for which he has developed novel decision making approaches for autonomous vehicles, having won an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 to fund his studies.
Ken spends most of his spare time running after his small children, and explaining why the sun can move even though it has no legs.
Lead Robotics Engineer
Oli completed a mechatronics degree (mechanical and electrical/electronic systems) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand for a number of years, before the urge to build things and travel became too strong. Oli excels at electronic design, control system development, and generally getting robots to behave. He also implements the company’s IP strategy.
Oli has been instrumental in taking advanced robotics concepts that push the envelope in terms of sensing, perception and control, and delivering fully functional, highly automated systems.
In his spare time, Oli makes ludicrous wagers with his mates, leading to general mayhem.
Mike joined Autonomous Devices in 2019 as Lead Designer. He has a broad technical background covering automotive, defence, medical and consumer products, with 10 years’ experience in the development of UAVs and drones (including the creation of novel, bio-inspired flight technologies). He learned his early craft through hands-on prototyping and product development in Germany and the UK, gaining considerable experience of materials and processes including additive manufacture. Mike gained his Masters in Design (MDes) from Cranfield C4D in 2013, which cemented his commitment to understanding product users and designing for real people.
Mike’s spare time is mainly taken up by 3D printing new parts to fix his children’s toys (and other things that just ‘need improving’…)
Pawel started his adventure as a Robotics Engineer at Autonomous Devices in 2018. He is currently studying for an MSc in Robotics and Computation within the Computer Science Department at UCL, having previously completed a Mechanical Engineering degree at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. Pawel worked for a number of companies during his undergraduate studies and shortly after graduation he moved to Britain to conquer the island, immediately triggering Brexit. Bored with big R&D departments he decided to try a startup, where he works on mechanical solutions and software for some pretty unusual robots.
Pawel is a current record holder in the office for most pull-ups and claims to be the best darts player as well (a claim he consistently fails to back up with performance). Apart from power naps he likes cycling and working out at the gym.
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