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Accurate Control of a Low-Cost Soft Robotic Arm for Automated Strawberry Picking (Ref: CTP_FCR_2019_2)

  • Full or part time
    Dr G Neumann
    Dr K Elgeneidy
    Dr B Li
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

This student is to be registered with University of Lincoln and will be mainly based in the University. The team of supervisors includes Prof Gerhard Neuman (University of Lincoln), Dr Khaled Elgeneidy (University of Lincoln), and Dr Bo Li (NIAB)

The project will involve the design, fabrication, data-driven modelling and control of a bespoke soft robotic arm targeted at strawberry picking application. Machine learning algorithms will be investigated for online learning control for the soft arm to enable adapting to external disturbances as a result of interacting with the environment. This is expected to involve embedding of flexible sensors for additional positional feedback so that accurate closed-loop control of the sot arm’s end effector can be achieved.

Successful candidates should be highly self-motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research with a broad range of technical skills to translate conceptual ideas into working prototypes.

The position is open for students with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Mechatronics, or related field. Preference will be given to students with a strong background in robotic system design and experimentation, data-driven modelling, and control systems. Excellent communication skills (written and oral) are essential.

The most important eligibility criterion for this funded studentship is residency:
• UK students: If you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years you will normally be entitled to apply for a full studentship, covering tuition fees and a maintenance stipend.
• EU students: If you have been ordinarily resident in another EU country (outside the UK) for three years you will normally be able to apply for a tuition fees-only award (without a maintenance stipend). If you have lived in the UK for three years you may be eligible for a full studentship.

This eligibility is unaffected by Brexit. The UK Government has guaranteed EU eligibility for Research Council funding for PhDs beginning before the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Anyone interested should contact for an application form and return the form to before the deadline of 28th February 2019.

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