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  Development of a Novel Biomimetic Anthropomorphic Robotic Arm-Hand System


   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Guowu Wei  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/fees. [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.

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Project description: Research in robotic hands, especially multi-fingered anthropomorphic robotic hands has strongly interested the robotics research community since the early days of Robotics. However, robotic hands are still a long way from matching the grasping and manipulation capability of their human counterparts. In order to create a biomechanically realistic robotic hand that can highly mimic the function, actuation and manipulation of a human hand, this project aims at developing a novel biomimetic anthropomorphic robotic hand that is based on anatomically correct finger bones, elastic ligament, antagonistic tendons and anatomically correct compliant joints. The hand design will involve the novel design of finger joints based on anatomical data from human subjects and the finger extensor mechanism leading to optimized tendon arrangement based on our previous biomechanical studies. Actuators and sensors are to be designed and integrated based on understanding of the intrinsic anatomic system of a human hand. Prototype of the proposed robotic hand is to be established and tested in both structured and unstructured environment. This will not only leads to a more dexterous, full-mobility robotic hand for various manipulation applications but also provides a highly biomimetic hand for clinical applications which help clinicians better understand and plan reconstructive hand surgeries.       

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Skills required: mechanical system design, prototype development, mechatronic system design, computer simulation, control algorithm design, sensor and actuator development.

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