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Parasitic Energy Harvesting and Robotic Metabolism for Long-Term Autonomy

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU/International PhD Scholarship for candidates applying for the following project.

Closing date: - Friday 15th March 2019

Studentships will start on 16th September 2019

Summary of Cluster

The University of Hull is an established institution with a strong track record for exciting and innovative world leading research. Within the Department of Computer Science and Technology we have a strong Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research group with undergraduate programmes in Mechatronics and Robotics. The Department of Computer Science and Technology works closely with a number of partners including Project AURA, a collaboration that brings together low carbon energy and offshore wind.

The scholarships in this cluster, working with research groups in the Department of Computer Science and across the institution, are looking to develop innovation in long-term autonomy and energy management for inspection and maintenance, with research into sustainable long term robotic systems. Including the development of robotic metabolisms for energy conservation and environmental energy gathering.

Summary of PhD Project

Robots, just like humans, require energy to function. In current mobile robots, this energy is supplied by a power store that is taken back to a base station and charged before the robot is re-deployed. For closed systems and long-term inspection operations, it is sometimes not feasible or even possible for the robot to return to a charging station. As such it is necessary develop a self-sustainable robot capable of (parasitic) energy harvesting from its environmental sources including fluidic flow, acoustics, vibrations, and other novel sources.

This energy needs to be correctly regulated to ensure that the robot is sustainable and has sufficient energy usage requirements for the task being carried out. This project will feed into a robotic metabolism whereby the robot manages its own energy expenditure whilst carrying out its duties taking into account local power reserves, energy charging sources, sensors to be utilised to carry out the task, etc.

For further information, please contact the cluster lead: Professor John Murray ()

Applicants should have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification in Computer Science, Engineering or a relevant discipline.

A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience..

To apply for these Scholarships please click on the Apply button below.

Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15th May 2019 at the latest.

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