Computer Science: Fully Funded EPSRC DTP PhD Scholarship: Robotic third arm for harvesting assistance

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  Dr Betsy Dayana Marcela Chaparro Rico  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Funding providers: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering

Subject areas: Intelligent Robotics

Project start date: 

  • 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)


  • Primary Supervisor- Dr Betsy Dayana Marcela Chaparro Rico ([Email Address Removed])
  • Secondary Supervisor- Professor Xianghua Xie

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Computer Science

Mode of study: Full-time 

Project description: 

Swansea University, an internationally recognised academic institution with strong commitments to research and technological innovation, seeks applications for a PhD scholarship funded position to join our rapidly developing Intelligent Robotics Group at the Computer Science Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering. The development of Intelligent Robotics for real-world applications, cutting across the domains of assisted living and modern agriculture, is one of our research group’s goals. Tentacle project is a fascinating initiative that aims to develop a sophisticated robotic arm capable of assisting harvesting tasks. Through computer vision, the Tentacle arm will be able to recognize if a product (such as a fruit or a vegetable) is ready for picking and assist the picking task. The Tentacle arm and the human-picker are supposed to cooperate, with the arm assisting the picking process while the human-picker carries the arm throughout the plantation. By leveraging the unique capabilities of both robots and humans, this collaborative approach aims to optimize the harvesting process, minimize losses resulting from premature harvesting, and expedite the overall picking process. Join us and participate in this exciting project. At Swansea University you will do more than just research; at Swansea University you will positively be impacting people’s lives and the environment. 


Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level in Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related discipline, or an appropriate master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University). If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency. 

English Language: IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 6.0) or Swansea University recognised equivalent. 

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

EPSRC funded studentships are available to home and international students. Up to 30% of our cohort can comprise international students, once the limit has been reached, we are unable to make offers to international students.  

We are still accepting applications from international applicants.   

International students will not be charged the fee difference between the UK and international rate. Applicants should satisfy the UKRI eligibility requirements. 


Please note that the programme requires some applicants to hold ATAS clearance, further details on ATAS scheme eligibility are available on the UK Government website. 

ATAS clearance IS NOT required to be held as part of the scholarship application process, successful award winners (as appropriate) are provided with details as to how to apply for ATAS clearance in tandem with scholarship course offer. 

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24).
Additional research expenses will also be available.

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