Bioinspired drones’ perception

   Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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  Dr Tareq Assaf  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following project from self-funded or externally funded applicants.


Feeling is key for biological systems to survive and perform actions.

Developing tactile sensing for artificial platform is a challenge. Only in the last decades the advancements in technologies and materials allow miniaturization and solutions once impossible.

Flight and drones are two areas on which the scientific and industrial communities are focusing with great interest for many reasons including logistic and entertainment.

Unmanned air vehicles, micro air vehicles and bio-inspired air vehicles (UAVs, MAVs and BAVs) are growing fields in robotics. The dimensions of these vehicles make them more susceptible to environment perturbances (e.g. wind).

This project focuses on the investigation and development of novel strategies to enhance performances of small UAVs systems and small/medium autonomous flying systems and focuses on surrounding air condition sensing.

In literature, works on these topics can be found such as multi-modal locomotion, foldable wings, and micro/small UAVs and sensing of flight conditions is still not fully investigated yet.

This project exploits elements of several disciplines that include but it is not limited to: robotics, materials science, electronics, mechanics and inspiration from biology.

The work will focus on several core tasks and skills:

  • Biology inspired design
  • Design and development
  • Electronic design and programming
  • Experiment design
  • Data acquisition and processing

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Tareq Assaf - [Email Address Removed]

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

When completing the form, please quote the project title and lead supervisor’s name in the ‘Your research interests’ section. 

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse research environment and strive to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

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