In 1994, we proposed and founded the
Essex-Robots group and constructed the Brooker lab for intelligent embedded
systems. The robotics group has now grown to the largest and most
successful in the country.
In 1998, we identified an opportunity to apply
the agent mechanisms we had developed for robotics to the rapidly
developing field of Pervasive Computing and Ambient Intelligence. Thus, the
Intelligent Inhabited Environments (IIE) group was formed.
The group: 3 academics, Victor Callaghan, Martin
Colley and Hani Hagras, 1 computer officer (Dr. Graham Clarke), 6 Research
Officers and 10 PhD students
(January 2001- January 2004) "eGadgets",
Project No IST200-25240. Funded by the EU Disappearing Computer programme.
The total funding of this project is 1.2 million Euros shared between 3
partners; CTI Greece, NMRC Ireland and ourselves. Our share is £237,000.
(January 2003-January 2006) "Self-Organised
Societies of Connectionist Intelligent Agents capable of Learning " ,
PROJECT No IST-2001-38911. Funded by the EU Future and Emerging Technology
programme. The total funding of this project is 1.8 million Euros shared
between 4 partners; University of Patras Medical school Greece, CTI Greece,
NMRC Ireland and ourselves. Our share is £292,863.
Pervasive Home Environment Networking”. Started
on 1st Oct 2003, for 2 years, funded by DTI New Wave
Technologies. Based in iDorm. Total value of the project is £519,388 with
BT Exact, and Loughborough University. Our share is £90,000
(February 2001- May 2003) "A soft-computing
based, multi-agent architecture with applications to intelligent building
sensing and control". Funded by the Korea-UK Science and Technology
Collaboration Fund. The total funding for the project is £30,000 shared
equally between 2 partners;
“Previously we had a major EPSRC funded project
for technologies for underwater vehicles with other UK Universities and
companies, the project was entitled “TUUV - Core Simulation Engine”, Our
share was £110,000
University of Montana, University of
Birmingham, UNAM (Mexico), Stanford University, University of Nottingham,
Los Alamos National Lab, University of Minnesota, University of Parma,
University College London, UWE, Dortmund University, Centre for the applications
of nuclear energy in Brazil