Integrated Safety Compliant Edge Robotics (ISCER) (EPS2020/42)

   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Dr D Flynn  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The future potential of robotic platforms will be delivered when there is trust and value in the support and services they provide. To achieve this we propose a symbiotic partnership between infrastructure, robots and humans via integration within a run-time architecture assist with digital tools, that delivers safety compliance and self-certification.

This PhD studentship is based within the Smart Systems Group ( at Heriot-Watt University. Heriot-Watt University is the home to the UKs National Robotarium, and the student will be part of the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics (ECR) which is operated by Heriot-Watt and the University of Edinburgh.

Being able to create, process and interact with digital content at source in real-time will be the next disruptor in robotic process automation (RPA) strategies. ISCER explores white spaces in digital twins and edge-robotics beyond operational and maintenance (O&M) capabilities, delivering new remote RPA safety instrumented systems design and the creation of completely new RPA self certification models. ISCER digital technology sets a precedent for how future digital asset integrity management address O&M for confined spaces and how its future workforce connects.

Primary areas of thematic research will include;

- Digital Twin and Edge-RPA for mission verification and asset certification
- Edge-RPA trust, assurance and registration
- X-in-the-loop (hardware, software, human) fusion leading to the next generation of decision support and self-certification of edge-robotics

The student will benefit from involvement with academics, researchers, industrialists and regulators involved in the ORCA [] and HOME Offshore projects.
All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). Our scholarships are usually only open to UK/EU applicants who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC, however some scholarships are available for exceptional overseas candidates.
Closing Date
All applications must be received by 28th February 2020. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2020.
How to Apply
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When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Electrical Engineering PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be £15k per year and full fees will be paid for 3 years.