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The Connect-R project unites a host of forward-thinking organisations with a range of skills and specialisms.



Barrnon has been delivering solutions to some of the world's most challenging decommissioning problems for over a decade. The business focuses on developing and deploying remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to deliver and operate novel end effectors for the break up and removal of radioactive sludges. 

The Barrnon team skills cover design, robotics, mechanical and electromechanical control. They are responsible for the successful development and deployment of unique, highly effective technologies such as the 'Bladecutter' and the 'Rotocutter'.

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The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The School of Engineering is one of the largest, most innovative and highly ranked Schools in the university.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) review, the School was ranked No. 1 in UK Engineering, having achieved the highest Research Power of any UK engineering submission to any REF panel. 

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Jigsaw's expertise, experience and knowledge in the field of engineering structures covers the key areas of conceptual design, research and development and troubleshooting in the aerospace and hi-tech sectors, as demonstrated by their portfolio of innovative in-house products (e.g. HPC-Blade, Smart Strut, Laminar Flow Seal, Future Piano).


They are also engaged in novel solutions to the joining of materials (e.g. composite-metal contact-only joints) as alternatives to traditional jointing methods. 

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RACE was established as a national centre of excellence for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). RACE is a world leader in developing systems that operate in extreme environments, with capability ranging from researching novel concepts through to operating and maintaining working systems. 

As of August 2018 RACE's team exceeded 150 engineers and scientists, specialising in applications in extreme environments, along with the backing of the wider UKAEA organisation including teams of radiation physicists, high performance computing specialists, material scientists and experts in control and data acquisition.


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Ross Robotics is a leading innovator in modular robotics and the developer of the Robosynthesis modular reconfigurable robotics platform. Ross modular robots are deployed at CERN in the Large Hadron Collider where they operate in the presence of radiation and 4 Tesla magnetic fields, and have been deployed at Chernobyl for remote survey work. 


The company employs software, electronics and mechatronics robotics engineers around its R&D facility in Buckinghamshire UK.


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Royal Holloway, University of London, ranks in the top 30 universities in the UK (Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018) and the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2017-18).


Royal Holloway was founded in 1886 to promote the education of women, receiving its charter from the University of London in 1900 and became co-educational in 1965. Royal Holloway is now one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, with 21 academic departments and schools spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law.

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Tharsus is one of Europe's fastest growing technology businesses, helping companies take advantage of emerging robotic and machine technologies to disrupt, lead and grow their markets. Since starting out over 10 years ago, the business has adapted several times in response to various pressures and opportunities, from economic crises to technological developments. 


Tharsus brought an automotive-style logistics model into the telecoms market and now, every telephone exchange in the UK is built on a foundation of Tharsus product. The company offers a complete service to customers, assisting in the design and manufacture of a new product, with the aim of ensuring the project's success. 

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