Centre for Intelligent Transport

Research Impact


Autonomous Aerial-Additive Manufacturing (Aerial-AM): a framework for realizing construction using collective multi-robot AM systems

Researchers have created a team of drones that can print 3D constructions while they are flying. These flying robots can coordinate and make decisions about how to print objects that are bigger than themselves – expanding the horizons of the construction industry.

Nature: Wasp-inspired drones can 3D print a building 

Teams of aerial robots mounted with 3D printers could work together to build emergency shelters and greener homes.



Personal mobility: assessing and improving the mobility of wheelchair users 

Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov (Senior Lecturer in Robotics, SEMS, QMUL Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Stuart Miller (Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry) explain their project on assessing and improving the mobility of wheelchair users funded by Getamoveon network.

Creating visors urgently needed by frontline NHS staff 

impact covid

A team of engineers and clinicians from SEMS, EECS and Royal London Dental Hospital won a QMUL Engagement and Impact Award. The team was awarded the Local Impact Award for their efforts to provide hospital staff with urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis.

Under the leadership of Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov and Prof Kaspar Althoefer, members of the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) and the Blizzard Institute developed visors urgently needed by frontline NHS staff at main London hospitals. In collaboration with clinicians from the Royal London Dental Hospital, Prof Shakeel Shahdad and Ahmed Din, ARQ took on the mammoth task of fabricating visor frames using the 3D printing facilities available within ARQ and members' own 3D printers. Having made a great start using all the 3D printers available within the team, the team managed to provide hospital staff with the needed visors in a very short time. Later, the visors were produced using injection moulding to be able to keep up with the continued demand for this type of protection.

The work was financially supported by the QMUL IAA COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Acceleration Fund and won a QMUL Engagement and Impact Award.