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Createc’s ground-breaking robot

June 1st 2021

Interviews are conducted by The Oxford Trust to give insight into the science and tech businesses they support in their innovation centres: the Oxford Centre for Innovation and the Wood Centre for Innovation.

Createc has been developing smart radiation detection and 3D gamma radiation mapping technology over the last few years. Their ‘N-Visage®’ sensor has been deployed worldwide, including at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

The Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) has developed a state-of-the art, autonomous navigation system called ‘VILENS’ or Visual Inertial Legged Navigation System. The system allows robots to navigate hazardous sites and collate data remotely.

Combined for the first time, the N-Visage®-VILENS system can be installed on all types of robot to solve dangerous work-place challenges and because it processes the data in real time can analyse the situation better than humans.

The advantage of the combined system is that it can be attached to any robot suitable for the particular site under exploration – from a four-wheel drive to a legged robot, like Spot, – and avoids the need for a dedicated robotics development project for each new situation, saving time and cost.

This capability will be invaluable both in decommissioning nuclear sites, where better data leads to cheaper, quicker projects, and in accident response, where rapidly gathering good information is crucial to effective accident management.

Createc is also channel partner for Boston Dynamics enabling distribution of their Spot robot to UK buyers.

The Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) is an interdisciplinary division within the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science.

For more information about Createc, see here

For more information on the Trust’s centres, follow links for the Oxford Centre for Innovation and its sister centre the Wood Centre for Innovation.

September 8th 2021

Further government funding supports phase II R&D lab conversion at The Oxford Trust’s Wood Centre for Innovation

The Oxford Trust, the local charity encouraging the pursuit of science and enterprise, is to commence the second phase of its conversion of dedicated high spec laboratory facilities at its Wood Centre for Innovation in Headington, Oxford, following £0.2 million additional Local Growth Fund support, secured by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).

August 19th 2021

Client company Optellum announces strategic collaboration with Johnson & Johnson

Optellum, a lung-health AI company based at our Oxford Centre for Innovation, has just announced a strategic collaboration with the Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson. Through the collaboration, Optellum will use its AI-powered clinical decision support platform to increase lung cancer survival rates through early intervention and prevention.

August 4th 2021

How The Trust and its partners support Science and Tech Start-Ups

An independent charitable trust, The Oxford Trust was set up by Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood 36 years ago to “encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise”. Their experience of setting up Oxford Instruments, one of the University of Oxford’s early, and some say most successful, spinouts enabled them to appreciate the challenges that face young entrepreneurs.