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3D Vision for Robots with Photonic Chip Interferometers (SAM10)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project detail

The development of high-speed high-accuracy metrology systems, embedded on the production line, is seen by many industries as a key enabling technology in high value manufacturing. Novel sensors to achieve this goal, based on frequency scanning interferometry, have been developed in our Optical Engineering Research group, and the first chip-scale versions are now being manufactured at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at Southampton.

The project will involve assessing the performance of these multi-functional devices when used with very high sweep rate laser sources as sensors for the measurement of absolute distance, vibration and surface roughness. Ultimately the devices will be deployed in one or more technology demonstrators involving real-time feedback for robotic machining and assembly operations. Collaborations will be sought with instrument manufacturers and end users in the aerospace/automotive sectors to assist in commercialising the technology.

The successful candidate will be an active and valued member of the Future Metrology Hub, a £10m EPSRC-funded collaboration between 4 academic institutions (Huddersfield, Loughborough, Sheffield and Bath Universities) and over 40 industrial partners that together provide outstanding networking and future career progression opportunities.

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a physical sciences subject (physics, electrical or mechanical engineering, mathematics etc). A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: optical engineering, metrology, robotics.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Please quote reference number: SAM10

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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