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Essex Innovation Centre

Essex Innovation Centre


The Essex Innovation Centre ( operates as a long-term strategic partnership between the University of Essex and TWI, with the aim of developing a financially sustainable research facility for one of the hottest research topics globally, drawing on Essex's existing strengths to complement and underpin the applied research and development activities of TWI.


  • Create a shared research and technology facility

  •  Undertake joint research programmes

  • Secure a portfolio of research funding from external sponsors

  • Build a mutual understanding of future research challenges and opportunities

  • Develop the next generation of technologies and scientists

Core areas

  • Soft robotics incuding grasping control, reinforcement learning, skills acquisition and transfer

  • Machine learning algorithm development for image integration, data interpretation and robotic control

  • Sim2Real - transferring learned agents in simulation in a real setup environment

  • Robotic systems and software integration

  • Process automation and optimisation

  • Lifecycle (cost) analysis frameworks

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