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  Prof Niels Lohse, Dr P Ferreira  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and ambitious graduate or post graduate student to investigate how human-robot collaboration can make industrial robotics more accessible for industry. You will have full access to the world class robotic and sensing facilities of the Intelligent Automation Centre.

Repetitive lifting and holding of components and tools in industrial workplaces are one of the major causes of musculoskeletal injuries and longer-term health conditions. Robotic systems have been engineered to repetitively lift pay loads of over 1,000 kg but they lack the sensory and cognitive skills required for many dexterous manipulation and assembly tasks. With the emergence of safe collaboration between humans and robots, it becomes increasingly interesting how the capabilities of human operators and robots can be seamlessly combined to support them both in their tasks. For robotic systems to work truly collaborative with people, research is required to decode human behaviour and intention. The ambition is to allow robots to anticipate actions and work more naturally with their human partners.

Research questions include:

  • How do we naturally capture a human operator’s intentions such that they can be unambiguously interpreted by a robotic system?
  • How can we model human intentions and behaviour to allow robotic systems to anticipate human actions based on real-time observations?
  • How do we control a robotic systems to achieve a more intuitive and natural behaviour during collaborative lifting and assembly tasks that require?

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SAM22'
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified end of March 2022.
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