Professor Robert Richardson is a Professor of Robotics, in the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds where he is also Director of the Multi-disciplinary Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation.  He is executive chair of the UKRAS network, a strategic collaboration of 32 UK Universities and a member of the executive committee of the UK Robotics growth partnership.

He is robotics lead for: the EPSRC Grand Challenge to develop autonomous infrastructure inspection robots; the EPSRC UKCRIC Centre for Infrastructure Materials Performance Leeds; EPSRC Pipebots and the EPSRC Trustworthy autonomous systems node on verification.  He is a Fellow of the IMechE.

In 2011 he led an international team to develop and deploy robots into the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, that discovered writing hidden for 4000 years.  He is researching into to a broad range of infrastructure robotics platforms including drone based technologies, novel ground robots including robots designed to enter bore holes in mines and other confined spaces.

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