Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson visited MRG on 29th February to see world-leading research and announce new funding.

With Julie and Ingmar

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 Jo Johnson with Professor Ingmar Posner and DPhil student Julie Dequaire

The Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, visited the University’s Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Hub and Mobile Robotics Group on 29th February.  His tour of the MRG workshop included demonstrations of MRG’s latest technology and meetings with DPhil students Julie Dequaire, Dan Barnes and Markus Wulfmeier.

With Dan

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DPhil student Dan Barnes demonstrates MRG’s ground-breaking technology

During his visit to Oxford he announced new funding of over £200 million to support PhD students in engineering and physical sciences and to boost the UK’s research into quantum technologies, saying:

“We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation… This new funding builds on our protection for science spending by supporting research in our world-leading universities and helping to train the science leaders of tomorrow.”

Julie Dequaire, a second year PhD student at MRG commented: “It is an incredible opportunity for me to be here … it is great to see how dynamic robotics is in the UK. We have robotics that can easily adapt in the real world and that is something we are very lucky to have. This is why we need this kind of funding to keep that up.”

OU Professor of Information Engineering Paul Newman said: “This kind of money is vital for the nation in the next decade in terms of developing in areas of science and engineering. It’s a great show of the Government to do this, it’s all part of backing the nation to be technology leaders.”

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MRG’s workshop – with DPhil student Markus Wulfmeier and Senior Researcher Chi Hay Tong