Resilience Autonomous Mission Update: Multi-Robot Fleet

The Smart Systems Group have continued their work in creating a Symbiotic System of Systems Approach (SSOSA) for robotics and autonomous systems. A challenge exists for robotics when these systems are deployed in known or unknown areas around humans, other robots and infrastructure. The Smart Systems Group seek to address these Resilience and Reliability challenges […]


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A Method for DC Arc Fault Detection, Classification and Mitigation in Electric Vehicles

Arc faults in the power distribution system of an electric vehicle (EV) can result in damage to cables and associated equipment, as well as threaten the safety of the occupants of the EV. On-board components can create differential background noise, which limits the reliability of current arc detection methods. Within this paper an accurate and […]


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ISSS Postgraduate Research Prize for 2021

The Smart Systems Group congratulate Daniel Mitchell who has been chosen as the winner of the Postgraduate 1st year Research Prize for 2021 from the¬†Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems, The School of Engineering and Physical Science (EPS) at Heriot-Watt University. 1st year Postgraduate Research Prizes, which were based on the research posters presented at […]


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Symbiotic System Design for Safe and Resilient Autonomous Robotics in Offshore Wind Farms

We are pleased to announce an early release of our research into symbiotic systems. This top-down approach to modelling the complex interactions of industrial autonomous services presents several advancements that will enable a roadmap to trust, resilient autonomous operations and safety compliance. The preprint is available on ArXiv by clicking here and video presentation which […]


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ORCA Hub Researchers to present work at the 2020 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston in May

Run-time Safety Compliance and Self-Certification for Robotics. Irrespective of the mission, environment or robotic platform you need Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) operating efficiently and safely – first time and every time. We have developed a transferable framework that integrates infrastructure, robotic and personnel data, to support safety and mission success. Within our framework we […]


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Dr. Xingyu Zhao at ISSRE

Dr. Xingyu Zhao presented work on assessing the safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles through the use of on the road testing at the 30th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE). He was part of a team of our Smart Systems Group researchers here at Heriot-Watt University, as well as colleagues from University of […]


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Drone Safety and Reliability Survey Results

Matthew Osborne, Jenny Lantair and a number of their colleagues have collated the results from their first “Drone Safety and Reliability Survey”. They surveyed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) registered commercial operators who fly drones in the ever more complex and congested airspace of Britain. The survey aimed to collate the various failure modes currently observed, […]


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