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Investigations into autonomous adaptable hardware

   Department of Electronic Engineering

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  Prof A M Tyrrell  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

For systems to become truly autonomous we must develop methods that will allow hardware devices/systems to adaptable in an intelligent and appropriate way to environmental changes and component failures. This project will consider the use evolution to automatically design hardware capable of self-adaptation. The focus will be on the hardware’s ability to demonstrate adaptability and fault-tolerance in particular. To achieve these goals it will be interesting to understand how artificial evolution can utilize novel properties of physical devices to achieve large scale and complex solutions to a number of computational problems.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

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

Funding Notes

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 Electronic Engineering website for details about funding opportunities at York.
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