Autonomous manipulation of objects underwater by robots is a challenging problem with regard to reliable perception and localization of objects, precise movement of lightweight manipulators, and repeatable grasping in changing water conditions. This project focuses on the use of cutting-edge technologies to enable an underwater robot such as the RoboFish prototype (https://www.york.ac.uk/robot-lab/robofish/) to locate and grasp underwater objects with a gripper or other end effector. Technologies used can include tension-based actuation and tensegrity arm and gripper designs for light weight and minimal surface area, soft or hydraulic methods for gripper actuation and morphing, and probabilistic machine learning methods for programming the control of the system. A wide range of potential applications for this research include marine biology surveys, aquaculture, and offshore infrastructure maintenance.
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 https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/. Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.