From self-driving cars to rovers on Mars, we need our robots to have enough autonomy to get from A to B. Even in the home robots won’t be bringing us tea in bed until they can find the milk in the fridge and get upstairs without tripping over the dog. Meet some engineers working on autonomous robots: Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory with a handful of swarming robots; Nick Hawes of Birmingham University with his robot Dora the Explorer and Abigail Hutty of Astrium with a prototype for the next Mars rover.
Parabola Arts Centre is located in a Grade II listed building in the glamorous Montpellier district of Cheltenham. The centre was built as a facility for students of Cheltenham Ladies’ College and to be used as a public arts centre by the local community.
The original, listed Bayshill House was transformed into a gallery, bar and foyer area. The villa also houses all the rehearsal spaces, offices, video editing suite, dance studio and library. This means that the regular activity of the building takes place in the light, beautifully restored listed building.