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Multi-Robot Systems for the Inspection of Nuclear Fusion Infrastructure

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Nuclear fusion is an environmentally friendly source of energy that produces no CO2 or other harmful emissions, and therefore does not lead to global warming. This exciting PhD project will contribute to the ongoing research effort to make the technology viable by developing solutions for the effective use of multi-robot systems for the inspection of nuclear fusion infrastructure.

The operation of a fusion reactor like the planned European DEMOnstration power plant (DEMO - https://www.euro-fusion.org/programme/demo/) will require the use of remotely-operated robotic systems in challenging inspection and maintenance procedures. These procedures must be carried out in a timely and reliable manner, and in a confined and harsh environment. The PhD project will devise algorithms and software tools for achieving these goals through robot teaming. This will involve developing techniques for the dynamic formation of small teams of remotely-operated robots (out of a larger pool of robots available for multiple tasks), for the purpose of carrying out critical inspection and maintenance procedures. The successful execution of these procedures will be essential for ensuring the reactor’s efficiency and for extending the lifetime of its components.

The project is jointly funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Remote Applications in Challenging Environments programme (http://www.race.ukaea.uk/), by the York-led Assuring Autonomy International Programme (https://www.york.ac.uk/assuring-autonomy/), and by the University of York’s Department of Computer Science.

Research supervision

The successful candidate will conduct your research under the supervision of Dr. Radu Calinescu (https://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/raduc/) and Dr. Javier Camara (http://www.javicamara.com).

Apply for this studentship

1. Apply to study
• You must apply online for a full-time PhD in Computer Science (https://www.cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/phd/#tab-4)
• You must quote the project title (Multi-Robot Systems for the Inspection of Nuclear Fusion Infrastructure) in your application.
• There is no need to write a full formal research proposal (2,000-3,000 words) in your application to study as this studentship is for a specific project.

2. Provide a personal statement. As part of your application please provide a personal statement of 500-1,000 words with your initial thoughts on the research topic.


The closing date for the receipt of applications is 10 January 2020.

Interviews are expected to take place within approximately 14 days of the closing date.

The studentship will begin in October 2020.

Project enquiries
Dr. Radu Calinescu :
Dr. Javier Camara:

Funding Notes

If successful, you will be supported for three years. Funding includes:

• £15,009 (2019/20 rate) per year stipend
• Tuition fees
• RTSG (training/consumables/travel) provision

Funding requirements

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who should have, or expects to be awarded, a first-class or 2.1 degree or a master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or a related area of science. Preferred skills include a strong mathematical and programming background, a keen interest in formal verification, and excellent writing, communication, presentation and organisation skills.

The studentship is open to UK/EU nationals.

Related Subjects

How good is research at University of York in Computer Science and Informatics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80

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