Key international roles
· Chairman, ISO TC 184/ SC 2/WG 7 on Safety of personal care robots, June 2006-present.
· Chairman, IEC SC 62A JWG9 Medical Electrical equipment and systems using robotic technology, April 2011 — present.
· Chairman, UK national BSI Standards Technical Committee AMT/00-/02 Robots and robotic devices, 2005-present.
Related professional activities: Member of the UK´s EPSRC´s Control and Instrumentation College of peer reviewers; Member of Editorial Board of Journal Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control; Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Industrial Robot Journal; Member of IET Professional Network Committee on Robotics and Mechatronics; Technical Expert for the EC, Technical evaluator for the Finland Academy of Science, etc; He was the co-ordinator of the EC CLAWAR Network of Excellence in Climbing and walking robots which is now a non-profit making UK registered organisation whose mission is to widen the application of robots and robotic systems.
2. Major achievements in commercial, social and environmental areas.
Two spin out companies have resulted from the research activities and these are operating in the EU in the areas of renewable energy and robotics. He is chairman of these UK companies, Endoenergy Systems Limited, CLAWAR Association Limited.
He has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London for his work in promoting IT in schools and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company Chairman of Information Technologists in the UK.
3. Demonstration of relationships with end-users.
Industrial links with numerous companies and research organisations in the EU.
Industrial links include Hocoma AG, Chas Blatchford & Sons Ltd, Gigatronik Technologies GmbH, MRK Systeme GmbH, Mobile Robotics Sweden AB, British Steel, British Aerospace (Military Aircraft) Ltd, Trend Control Systems Ltd, Honeywell Control Systems Ltd, Satchwell Control Systems Ltd, Johnson Controls, Building Research Establishment, Gravatom Ltd, Forward Industries Ltd, Roboscience, Shadow Robot Company, BAE Systems, Thales Communications, QinetiQ Ltd, Dimplex (UK) Ltd, Unaform Ltd, and United Wire Ltd.
On the European level Prof Virk has co-ordinated the network of Excellence on Climbing and walking robots which has defined and assisted the modular development and international standardization requirements for mobile robots needed by the user community. Partners in the network included organisations from Italy (University of Catania, ST Microelectronics, D´Appolonia, University of Genova), Spain (CSIC-IAI, University Carlos III of Madrid), Germany (University of Kaiserslautern, FZI University at Karlsruhe, J Schmalz GmbH, Fraunhofer-IPA Stuttgart, ), France (Robosoft SA, CEA, Universite Paris 6 (Laboratoire de Robotique de Paris, Cybernetix, Universite de Poitiers, LAAS/CNRS, Ecole Centrale de Nantes), Belgium (Royal Military Academy, SAS, Robonetics), Ireland (Kentree Ltd), Denmark (Risø National Laboratory, Odense Steel Shipyard, Lego), Finland (Helsinki University of Technology), Portugal (ISQ), Sweden (Orebro University), Poland (University of Poznan), Bulgaria (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana), Hungary (Technical University of Budapest), Greece (National Technical University of Athens) and UK (QinetiQ, University of Salford, Forward Industries, Roboscience, BAE Systems, Shadow Robot Company, Thales Communications).
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