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About the Project

This research will investigate the long-term vision of a technology enabling the evolution of entire autonomous robotic ecosystems that live and work for long periods in challenging and dynamic environments without the need for direct human oversight. Such robots will fundamentally change the concept of machines, showcasing a new breed that can change their form and behaviour, not in error but on purpose. Based on state-of-the-art 3D printing techniques with novel materials and a hybridised hardware-software evolutionary architecture - the research will address current weaknesses in robot design methodology by establishing self-reproducing robots that evolve their morphologies and controllers in real-time.

Entry requirements:

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related subject.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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