Autonomous Devices wins contract to develop Big Data query language for UK Ministry of Defence


Autonomous Devices has won a Centre for Defence Enterprise contract to develop a Real-time Interactive Query Language (RIQL) for extracting intelligence from Big Data. The innovation aims to drastically improve the speed and quality of intelligence extraction, by harnessing the relative strengths of human and software actors, enabling commanders to make more informed and timely decisions. The contract award was announced last week by the Minister for Defence Procurement.

Autonomous Devices wins contract to develop explosion resistant ground robot for UK Ministry of Defence


Autonomous Devices has won a Centre for Defence Enterprise contract to develop a ground robot capable of recovering from a buried charge attack. Our concept, Collective Actuation for Explosion Resistance (CAER), is inspired by animal musculature, whereby an animal can retain a basic locomotive function despite extensive damage to several individual muscles. The project will deliver a complete demonstrator system for evaluation in blast trials.

Autonomous Devices receives Innovate UK funding for a graphical programming language


Autonomous Devices has won a Technology Feasibility Study award from Innovate UK to develop a novel graphical programming language. The innovation, a Graphical Language for Imperative Dynamic Reactive programming (Glidr), targets highly distributed software applications including those for Big Data, cloud computing, and robotic systems (for which control system software is becoming increasingly distributed in order to ensure safe and timely robot behaviour). By providing simple graphical representations for common concepts in distributed software, as well as hooks for popular imperative languages such as Python, Glidr aims to drastically reduce the time and expense associated with developing and verifying distributed applications.

Autonomous Devices wins contract to develop modular robot technology for the UK Ministry of Defence


Autonomous Devices has won a Centre for Defence Enterprise contract to develop a technology that could dramatically reduce the time it takes for new field robot capabilities to reach Defence end users. The innovation, Improvised Robotic Devices (IRD), combines modularity and Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D printing) to slash development and upgrade times.

By lowering the barriers to adopting, sustaining and updating a diverse range of robotic equipment, IRD provides an opportunity for a manpower-stretched force to “buy back mass”, by employing field robots in large numbers as an effective multiplier for a lean human fighting force. Without an underlying platform such as IRD, the cost to develop and sustain a meaningful range of force-multiplying robotic systems across multiple domains would be prohibitive.

A further benefit of the system is that it empowers co-creation with front line users: users can suggest and even experiment with new robot configurations, leading to adaptations that can be implemented and deployed in extremely rapid time scales. This not only empowers the fighting force to adapt itself, but has positive implications for personnel engagement and retention.