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Multi-Agent Optimization of Heterogeneous Symbiotic Assembly Systems (PFUF2019)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The assembly domain in recent years has been under pressure to deliver highly adaptable and quickly deployable solutions. This lead to the advent of industry 4.0 cyber-physical-systems are expected to enable the “Plug and Produce” concept, which enables truly agile systems. However, the aggregation of different level of granularity of different equipment is still a significant challenge. Moreover, the incorporation of the human as an intrinsic element of such system has further increased the complexity of these systems.

The aim of this research project is to develop a multi-agent optimization approach for heterogeneous symbiotic assembly system, which caters for both human elements but also the level of granularity of different devices. The developments will recognize the different interests of the different actors and use learning techniques to establish agent behaviours that lead to the system optimization without compromising its agility.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop and work with leading companies in manufacturing as a member of the Intelligent Automation Centre.

Start date: 1 July, 1 October, 1 January, 1 April.

Entry requirements:

Candidates should hold (or expect to obtain), a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree or a Masters in engineering, operations management, computer science, applied mathematics or a related subject.

How to apply:

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.


Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £22,350).

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