The Cognitive Robotics Research Centre studies different aspects of cognition and intelligent behaviour with an emphasis on cognitive capabilities in robots.

Understanding the structural and interaction-related principles behind the emergence of intelligent behaviour is the greatest scientific challenge of the present time. Studying these principles in robots is advantageous for two reasons.

  1. While robots face all the complexities of real world interaction, they are easier to study than animals, including humans. Animals provide working examples but, for practical and ethical reasons, we cannot easily manipulate their control systems for experimental purposes. Robots allow us more freedom to explore different principles for autonomous control.
  2. By reproducing intelligent behaviour in robots we can automate tasks that are undesirable or dangerous to humans.


The Cognitive Robotics Research Centre is led by Dr. Torbjørn Dahl and is physically located in Room D22 on the City Campus. The centre is funded partially by the University of Wales, Newport, by the Newport Business School, by Science Research Infrastructure Funding (SRIF) from the Higher Education Funding; Council for Wales (HEFCW), partly by a research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and partly by a research grant from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).