Reliable Response and Behaviour of Autonomous Robots


   Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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About the Project

Autonomous robots sense the world, accept instructions in abstract form and decide what to do. They need to decide whether they accept the command or suggestions and make plans to achieve an objective. This process can be riddled by misunderstandings and also by possibly unexpected or incorrect behaviour.

The objective of this research is to do formal analysis of interpretation of messages and the decision making process of what to do and developing control software that is reliable in term of behaviour rules and achieving goals. Methods used are natural language programming (sEnglish) of robots and their model checking of a multi-agent system in an environment that is modelled as a hybrid system.

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Funding Notes

This is a self-funded research project.
We require applicants to have either an undergraduate honours degree (1st) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant science or engineering subject from a reputable institution.
Prospective candidates for this project should have a computer science or mathematics or control engineering degree and preferably some familiarity with hybrid system modelling and programming in Java/C++/MATLAB.
Full details of how to apply can be found at the following link:
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research-degrees/applyphd
Applicants can apply for a Scholarship from the University of Sheffield but should note that competition for these Scholarships is highly competitive: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/phd/scholarships

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