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Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation

Strong connections with industry in the UK and overseas


The Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation (iDRO) designs and analyses complex systems that involve technology, people and services. We have world-class expertise in design systems, solid mechanics, robotics and mechatronics, dynamics and control and optimisation.

With more than 50 researchers and technical staff, we work on a wide range of projects funded by UK research councils, the EU and the NHS, along with multinational companies, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and charities.

Current Research activity is organised into the following areas:

- Biomechatronics and robotics
- Design sciences
- Energy efficient automotive and aerospace design