Professor Chris Melhuish
Professor Chris Melhuish, BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS is the founding member and ex-Director of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) 2006-2020, a collaboration between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, and home to the UK’s largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research. Chris held professorial chairs at both Universities and is a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University. Chris now holds the post of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Partnership at the University of the West of England.
His research interests include safe human-robot interaction, energetically autonomous robots, haptics and swarm systems. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers and led numerous UK and EU research projects. He is a lead partner in the current EU funded Echord++ initiative, which addresses research translation between Universities and industry.
He led a network of European Robotics Innovation Facilities, which helps organisations to develop and deploy robotic technologies. He also established the UK’s first dedicated Robotics Incubator within Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which has supported a number of multi-award winning start-ups. Chris has acted as an advisor to the UK Government and been a member of the European Commission’s Future Emerging Technologies and ISTAAG committees and working groups. He was a leading voice in stabling robotics as one of the ‘8 Great Technologies’ initiative promoted by Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts. He has briefed EU Ministers on Robotics at the European Parliament, and served as an expert at planning meetings for the EU Future Emerging Technology (FET) programme and EU Public Private Partnership in Robotics. He was an Executive Board Member of the Robot Companions Flagship Coordinated Action and served on the Robotics and Autonomous Systems advisory committee (RAS-SIG) reporting to BIS Ministers. He was appointed to the senior programme committee for the flagship IROS international robotics conference in 2017. He is a member of the Independent Science and Technology Advisory (ISTA) register for UK Government agencies. He is a leading advocate of the South Glos. TecArc.