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  Deployable Mobile Robots for autonomous inspection applications

   School of Physics, Engineering and Technology

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The adoption of autonomous robots for industrial inspection holds significant appeal, primarily due to their capacity to operate in various environments without concern for safety and health hazards. Moreover, these machines offer cost-effective, continuous operation. Notable examples like Boston Dynamics' Spot have garnered substantial attention in such applications. Nevertheless, persistent challenges persist. The average operational time of these robots remains limited, making them suitable for general inspection tasks. However, there remains a critical need to enhance their capability to perform comprehensive machine safety and maintenance inspections. There is a clear demand for an affordable, mobile robotic system capable of thriving in rugged settings, offering extended operational periods, requiring minimal maintenance, and possessing the versatility to access hard-to-reach inspection points.

This project's primary objective is to conceive, construct, and integrate an innovative robotic platform designed for deployment in autonomous inspection applications. The research scope encompasses the entire lifecycle of the robotic system, from initial design and rigorous analysis to manufacturing, system integration, and ultimate deployment. The resulting robot will be specifically tailored for close-range inspections of renewable energy sources conducted in open environments. The dedicated researcher will be stationed at the University of York, and the development process will be undertaken at the Institute of Safe Autonomy. This Institute boasts state-of-the-art research facilities dedicated to robotics, including resources for cloud computing in machine learning, motion tracking systems, manipulators, mobile robots, and various other robotic technologies.

How to apply:

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


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 School of Physics, Engineering and Technology website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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