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'Finding Lucy' première a hit with school students and parents

Published: 27 June 2017
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Professor Mark Spearing introduces the event

130 pupils from New Forest Academy, plus their parents and teachers, joined staff, students and participants to watch the première of 'Finding Lucy'.

The film, shown on Monday 26 June, was part of UK Robotics Week 2017 and the event was held in The Cube cinema in the Students' Union building, University of Southampton. After the showing there was a short flying display and a small drone took to the air and went through its paces, beaming pictures of the assembled people to the screen from its on-board camera.The sunny weather favoured the exhibition, part of which was outside. All afternoon groups of school students climbed in and out of the control vans, Osprey and Gannet  finding out more about autonomous systems. The team from ASV Unmanned Marine Systems were also there too demonstrate how the C-Cat3 works and their stand was a popular draw.

'Finding Lucy' is now available to watch on YouTube.


The film involved the EPSRC UK-RAS Network of nineteen universities, several of whom joined in with the project. It was a UK-Robotics Week Grand Challenge entry in the 'Extreme Environments: emergency resilience and disaster response' category . Local film company, Robin Creative Media did the filming and the Autonomous Systems team, led by Professor Jim Scanlan, collaborated with Fawley Power Station (used as a location for the filming); Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabulary.

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